Rx Recipes: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Alum Casey Wells, PharmD ’20, brings us the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving Feast

Recipe by Casey Wells | Published November 21, 2023

Split-image; on left side, pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins. On right side, headshot of Casey Wells

Our Rx Recipes series explores recipes provided by faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Just in time for Thanksgiving, we bring you this fall muffin recipe from alum Casey Wells, PharmD ’20.

2 cups flour
2 cups light brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
2 cups chocolate chips


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda) and stir until mixed
  3. Add in wet ingredients (vegetable oil, eggs, pumpkin puree) and stir until mixed
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Spoon batter into greased muffin tin or muffin paper cups
  6. Bake 15-20 minutes for mini-muffins (seen in picture above) or 20-25 minutes for regular-sized muffins

This recipe comes to us from Class of 2020 alum, Casey Wells. The recipe is a favorite of hers from her time at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. “These are the famous muffins that my mom would send to me while in pharmacy school,” she explains.

Casey is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended undergrad at Furman University in South Carolina where she discovered the direction she wanted to take her career. “I have a passion in working for underserved patient populations,” she shares. “It began through medical mission work at Furman and early immersion experiences.”

Casey returned to North Carolina to attend the Eshelman School of Pharmacy and, after graduating, completed a PGY1 residency in Ambulatory Care and a PGY2 residency in Ambulatory Care/Academia with MAHEC. She now works at MAHEC as an Internal Medicine & Endocrinology Clinical Pharmacist, a position she created and pitched during residency to sustain it as a full time job after graduation. “One of the things that drew me to MAHEC was their focus on global and rural health,” she says. “I am truly humbled to be part of this organization and direct my career to focus on underserved patients in western NC!”

Outside of work, Casey now gives back to the School by volunteering on the Pharmacy Alumni Association Advisory Council, where she and other alumni advise the Dean on matters important to the School. She also likes to stay active, and enjoys running, hiking, and volleyball, as well as traveling.

Thank you, Casey, for the perfect addition to the Thanksgiving Feast!