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Pumpkin Chai Muffins

Pumpkin Chai Muffins

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pumpkin chai muffins

pumpkin chi muffinsThese Pumpkin Chai Muffins are an amazing mouthful of Fall Flavor. Close your eyes as you take a bite of the pumpkiny goodness with a warm nudge of spices, and you can imagine that you are walking through beautiful autumn leaves on a crisp afternoon. (Actually, these muffins would be a wonderful treat after a bracing walk).

For those of you who don’t know, Chai is a spicy milky tea from India. Lately it seems to be served at every coffee place on every corner. It’s the hot new, hot beverage that tastes like melted Thanksgiving dessert (and I understand it can be served cold too…).

I have to admit… I came late to the Chai Bandwagon. Odd, since I seldom fear new foods (unless they are innards… those I view with suspicion and distrust… had to eat too much liver as a child) (and while we’re on the subject of icky childhood foods… brussels sprouts… ewwww) (OK, enough digression)

Back to Chai…

What is Chai

The flavors of Chai remind me of my favorite cold weather foods… cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger combine with tea to taste like the Holidays. Adding Pumpkin to the Chai spices seemed like a match made in flavor heaven, and I came up with these wonderful, fragrant Pumpkin Chai Muffins. The combination of spices that makes up Chai may seem daunting, but don’t be overwhelmed. They can also be used for other baking. If you don’t like a strong spice flavor, you can cut the amount of spice in half.

Also, I add white pepper… this gives a subtle kick, not a pepper flavor, more like a warmth that stays at the back of your tongue…. but you can leave it out.

For simplicity’s sake used canned Pureed Pumpkin (don’t use Pumpkin Pie Filling, it’s different stuff), but if you want to use your own pumpkin puree made from scratch from the pumpkins you grew in the yard using heirloom pumpkin seeds handed down from Great Great Aunt Edna, feel free (the rest of us will roll our eyes at you for being such an over achiever as we try not to cut our thumb on the sharp edge of the pumpkin can).

Easy to make, they are a delicious addition to your breakfast table or a great pick-me-up in the afternoon.

For the topping, I use Turbinado Sugar, or Sugar in the Raw. That’s the stuff you find in brown packets at your favorite coffee place. NO, I’m not advocating that you steal a few handfuls of packets from the coffee place…. you can get the stuff in the grocery store (but if a few extra packets find their way into your purse…well… just saying…)

Pumpkin Chai Muffins

Pumpkin Chai Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Category: Breakfast & Snacks, Muffins

Servings: 18 muffins

pumpkin Chai muffins

Loaded with Fall Flavors, these Pumpkin Chai Muffins are certain to be a family favorite.


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cloves
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Cardomom
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Orange Peel
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper
  • 2 Tbl. Instant Tea Powder
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 cup pureed Canned Pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup Turbinado Sugar or coarse grained Sugar like Sugar in the Raw


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line muffin pans with 18 paper liners.
  • Melt the Butter... I generally do this in a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave.... (this way I can mix other things into the cup later, and not dirty up an extra bowl). Let it cool a bit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, the Cloves, Cinnamon, Allspice, Cardamom, Ginger, Orange Peel, White Pepper and Instant Tea Powder. Whisk it all together.... Don't go bananas, you want it thoroughly mixed, but you don't want to have to wipe down the cabinets.
  • Once the butter has cooled a bit, add in the Vanilla Yogurt (yes, you can add plain yogurt... just make sure to add a spoonful of Vanilla Extract), the two eggs, the sugar and the Pumpkin. Mix it all up. Yes, I know it looks sort of gross at first, but it will smooth out.... just keep mixing. A whisk is good for this.
  • Now... add the wet stuff to the dry stuff.
  • Fold** it all together with a spatula. You want it mixed, but don't over- do it.
  • **FYI- fold is where you scrape the spatula down the side of the bowl, and bring it up through the middle of the stuff, turning over the batter ingredients along the way. Rotate the bowl a quarter turn... repeat. Keep repeating until all is mixed together.
  • Using an ice cream scoop with a thumb release (I can't tell you how much easier it it to scoop muffins this way... I scoffed at first too...) scoop the batter into the lined muffin pans. They should be about 2/3 full.
  • Sprinkle the tops of the unbaked muffins with a spoon full of the Coarse Grained Sugar (Turbinado or sugar in the raw)
  • Bake for 19 minutes at 350 (yes, 19... in my oven 20 was too many, 18 too few... this is science here)
  • Cool in pan for a minute or two, then take them out of the pan and cool on a rack.
  • They taste yummy warm, but taste even better after an hour or two when the flavors had a chance to develop.
  • Warning the crunchy sugar top isn't as crunchy the next day, it gets sticky. But, that's good too.
  • Enjoy.
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 Step by Step Photos with Instructions

 Put all of the Spice Ingredients in a Bowl

pumpkin chai muffinsWhisk Them with the Flour

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Set aside the dry stuff

Mix the Wet Stuff Together

pumpkin chai muffinsAdd the Wet to the Dry

pumpkin Chai muffins

fold together

Scoop into a Lined Cupcake/Muffin Tin

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Sprinkle some Raw/Turbinado Sugar on Top then Bake

Cool on a Rack

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