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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

Like I mentioned in this post, we are having an 'eat from the pantry' week to save some $.  I like the challenge of only buying the basics-bread, milk, peanut butter--and using as much as possible from what we already have in our cupboards, pantry and freezer.

I think muffins are great to have sitting around.  They make a great after school snack, or are a nice addition to a green smoothie for breakfast.  They keep my girls from saying the most dreaded "Mom, I can't find anything to eat."

I made Brownie Bites which uses pumpkin as a secret ingredient that helps keep the muffins moist.  The problem was it only used 1/2 a can of pumpkin, and since I am in a 'use-what-we-have' mindset this week, I went on a search for another muffin that uses pumpkin.

I didn't have to search very long.  One of my favorite sites, Happy Herbivore, had an awesome looking recipe for Banana-Pumpkin Muffins.  I knew I had a freezer full of frozen bananas, a jar of unsweetened applesauce in the pantry, and of course, my 1/2 can of pumpkin.  I was set!

I was surprised my girls preferred these Banana-Pumpkin Muffins over the Chocolate Bites.  Well, surprised until I tasted one.  They are YUMMY!  They are moist, have just the right amount of cinnamon spice, and the chocolate chips I added made me very happy.  I did have one daughter ask if I could leave the chocolate chips out next time.  I had to agree with her, they would be just as good without them!

I made these the same time I whipped up Brownie Bites.  Brownie Bites cook at 330 degrees, and when I put both types of muffins in the pan, I was a little nervous that they would not get done at the same time, but they did just fine.

I don't have a finished muffin photo for you, but take my word for it, they are pretty and super yummy!

Banana-Pumpkin Muffins
11/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I just used plain whole wheat flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 whole bananas
1 cup pumpkin ( I was not exact, I used whatever was left in the can after making Brownie Bites)
3/4 cup brown sugar (I used 1/2 cup pure cane sugar, it was all I had on hand)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup non-dairy milk (or dairy, whatever you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease muffin tins to prevent sticking.  In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice together.  Then whisk in sugar and set aside.

In a bowl, mash bananas, ripe ones are best.  Add applesauce and pumpkin & milk. Stir.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Stir just until combined.  If you want to add chocolate chips or nuts (1/2 cup) add after a few strokes.

Spoon into muffin tins, 3/4 full and bake until a toothpick comes out clean.  I used mini muffin pans, so mine took about 8-10 minutes.  Regular size muffins will take about 18-25 minutes.


  1. How do you freeze your bananas? Do you keep the skins on or peel them first and store them in a container??

    1. I just throw them into the freezer as is. When I need them for a recipe, I pull them out as I start to get ingredients out. By the time I need to add them, they're usually thawed enough that I can peel them and squeeze them out. If not, run some warm water over the outside and they come right out of the peel.

  2. I have made this recipe several times since you posted it. My kids love it! I am making it this morning to take to a friends house for coffee. Thank you for sharing! I love your site! Your recipes are wonderful!

  3. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I doubled it to make 24 regular-sized muffins, and I baked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I also used plain whole wheat flour, and I cut the brown sugar down to 1 cup (for the doubled recipe). I also added a handful of pecan pieces and a handful of chocolate chips. Yum!

  4. Made these this morning, they were SO good! I'm usually pretty cautious with 'healthy' recipes, but these are delicious! My kids LOVE them too! Thank you thank you thank you!


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