Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Taking a road trip or packing a lunch, these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are exactly the baking recipe you need!


Well it’s that time of year. I’m ready to hit the road for the holidays! As usual I’m heading to Michigan for Thanksgiving…750 miles. THIS year it’s 3 kids (all boys thank you) and just mom! My husband can’t come this year and I’m getting a bit panicky. My boys are awesome on road trips, but I’m so used to having my husband and we have a routine – this year I’m changing it up to make the road trip super fun to cover for daddy not being able to come! I have all kinds of tips, a recipe and fun ideas for you! Keep reading and change up your Road Trip FUN!

Easy Road Trip Snacks 1

The one thing that didn’t change about my routine was making my first stop to prep for my trip to Walmart Automotive Care Center for my Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil. I needed my vans oil changed (it’s a great idea before any Road Trip you guys- there is tip number 1!). And I love the attention and care that I get at Walmart Automotive Care Center. They are always friendly and I know that I can trust them with my van!


I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I can get my oil change, do my Road Trip shopping, even go to the pharmacy if I need it all in one place. It saves me time and it saves me money! PS – I’ve been able to use my Walmart Automotive Care Center for years but now Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic is available in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee! Check out the list of locations here!


Save money? I hear you asking. Right now? Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic is on Rollback ($49.88 Rollback to $44.88) through December 27, 2016. Yup you read me right! See SAVE MONEY! One more note about why I get what I get? Full synthetic oil performs much better in extreme hot and cold temperatures. Perfect for us travelers going from here to there!


So after you get your Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic on Rollback (Save that money you guys) you need to get yourself organized. Yes it takes some work to make a Road Trip fun with kids. It takes a bit of planning.

The first thing that I did was decide what treat I was going to make. I settled on making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (So good – recipe below). The second thing I did was ask my kids what THEY wanted – yes let them have some input!


I love my boys – the big thing on the list was eat and drink. They are so funny! Movies made it too. So yes the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins were super important. And movies – we have a DVD player and I’m not afraid to use it. So I purchased a new movie that they didn’t have previously and I’ll surprise them with it on the road! FUN! HAPPY KIDS!


I also took the time to make a special Road Trip Playlist! My oldest will be running the show since I’m driving and he’ll love playing DJ and having a special playlist! Just a fun thing to do: reshuffle your own songs, add a couple of new ones and the kids will be happy!


I pack a big bag of snacks for my kids (some cut fruit and treats for fun) and a bunch of juice boxes (HUGE TREAT). This year like I said I baked too! I made these delish Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. I made mine mini muffins, but you could make full size muffins. This recipe is awesome because it made a BUNCH. Don’t need a bunch? It’s easy to cut it in half too.

You’ll need:

4 eggs
2 C sugar
1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 C vegetable oil
3 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips



Preheat oven 400 Degrees
Mix together all wet ingredients until well blended
Add in all dry ingredients (not the chocolate chips yet)
Fold in chips gently
Use liners in muffin pan and spoon in batter (3/4 full is good)
Bake in oven (13-15 minutes for mini’s, 18-20 for full size)

You guys are going to LOVE all of this! Whatever you do with your family this year (yell out your plans in the comments!) please be safe and happy (and full). Just make sure to get your Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic on Rollback ($49.88 Rollback to $44.88) before December 27, 2016. If you’re like me you will get 2!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz) Pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven 400 Degrees
  2. Mix together all wet ingredients until well blended
  3. Add in all dry ingredients (not the chocolate chips yet)
  4. Fold in chips gently
  5. Use liners in muffin pan and spoon in batter (3/4 full is good)
  6. Bake in oven (13-15 minutes for mini's, 18-20 for full size)



  1. Long road trips definitely call for good snacks. Kids are so lucky these days, they have all kind of electronics to take with them to make the time pass and hopefully keep the complaining to a minimum.

  2. I’m pretty sure that my son would love this one. We haven’t made any pumpkin muffins.

  3. Our Family World says

    I’ve never tried it yet, but it looks so good! Kids will surely love this, they;re muffins lovers.

  4. I have been using our local Pennzoil® oil place for years. I like sticking to the same shop so they can get to know my car. I love that they type notes in the computer and keep things up to date for me.

  5. I absolutely love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate! It is a great treat for a road trip too!

  6. Elizabeth O. says

    YUM! Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are definitely something that the kids and I would love! Thanks for the recipe! Looks like you found the perfect place to have your car checked and everything!

  7. Wow, that is going to be one awesome roadtrip! But I can’t imagine 750 miles with 3 boys…luck be with you! Thanks so much for the reminder to get my oil changed before the holiday travels, too! #client

  8. Pumpkin and chocolate together is so good. I am going to have to give these a try!

  9. Your Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins look delicious! Creating a road trip playlist is a really great idea!

  10. CourtneyLynne says

    Ooooo these muffins look so yummy!!! Must give your recipe a try!!!

  11. I have a lot of fun trying to create a road trip that will keep the kids occupied at all times. I bet having these muffins along for the drive would help with less stops for snacks. They look and sound amazing.

  12. These look yummy. With the kids being out this week, this would be a great project for us to do together.

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