I love to bake mostly because I love to eat sweets (let’s be honest about motives here). But baking sometimes gets the best of me because I have two babies. In order to get my homemade sugar high, I need to be FAST. And even though my mom taught me to NEVER share recipes (she wouldn’t have been a very good social-mediaer… is that even a word?!?) I’m going to SHARE with you my most favorite – and fastest – recipe in the spirit of Halloween! Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread. That’s right: CHOCOLATE. CHIP. PUMPKIN. BREAD. But be warned: Your toddler might make it disappear before your very eyes. Enjoy! Mwaaa-ha-ha.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then get your kids to dump the following ingredients into a big bowl:

1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs (well beaten beforehand)
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder


Then dump about 3/4 of a 12oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the mixture. MIX AGAIN.

Now here’s the fun part — SOME OPTIONS FOR BAKING:

1) For bars, you can bake in a greased 9×13 Pyrex for about 25 minutes at 350 (I like to sprinkle more chocolate chips on top about halfway through baking). Test done-ness with a toothpick (should come out clean). Cut into bars when cool.

2) Or, you can pour batter into a greased loaf pan… but this is tricky since it takes longer to bake and I had to keep toothpick-testing to see when it’s done. It took me almost an hour to bake it this way when I tried (in a 350 oven). But it was gooooood when it was finally done. Slice like bread when cool. (And eat for breakfast!)

3) OR… you can pour batter into a greased heart-shaped cupcakes pan (see my picture below) and bake for almost 20 minutes (again, in a 350 oven). Do the toothpick-test at 15, then judge from there…


And don’t be afraid to tell your toddler that there’s only so much to go around… they’ll get enough sugar on Halloween. Enjoy!




Jill Simonian is a Television Host, Entertainment Journalist and Founder/Author of TheFabMom. Having two "surprise" baby girls in two years (September 2010 & March 2012) she contributes to ModernMom, Momversation, BlogHer, has guest-blogged for BabyCenter and was a co-host for the 2011 web series HerSay alongside Soleil Moon Frye. Jill's day jobs have included on-camera work for CNN/HLN's "Showbiz Tonight", Travel Channel, KTLA-5 (Los Angeles), ReelzChannel, the UK's popular ITV morning shows "Daybreak" & "Lorraine" and more. Jill lives in Los Angeles with her husband and girls, and has a blast trying to keep life ‘fabulous' after having babies.

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