"This is a great way to use your own home-grown pumpkins, and make a great afternoon tea for hungry mouths - big and small!" - Tsana, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon,1teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar (or 2/3-3/4 cup melted honey)
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin (cook it ahead of time)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


Sift flour, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar (if using).

Melt margarine or butter (and honey if using instead of sugar).

In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, pumpkin, and margarine. Add this to the dry ingredients, then add in the chocolate, and stir to just combine. If needed, add some milk to get it to a good muffin consistency.

Spoon into well-greased muffin tins.

Bake at 180°C for 20mins or until muffins spring back when lightly pressed.