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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.


5 comments:

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

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    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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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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