Pumpkin pie banana nut muffins combine the best of both worlds to create a muffin with a pumpkin pie-like texture (nice and moist) with a flavor and nutty crunch like that of banana nut bread.
Sometimes I develop recipes for friends (like Paleo-friendly Chicken Pot Pie and Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies) and other times I develop recipes just because I think they sound delicious. This is one of those occasions.
Necessity is the mother of invention, yes? Well, one day, I NEEDED a muffin. I also needed that muffin to include pumpkin. You know how it is.
I surveyed my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and pulled out all the delicious things. I had a few cans of organic pumpkin puree, all my baking staples, and a big bag of frozen over-ripe bananas (any banana that is “almost too brown” gets peeled and chucked in the freezer bag). Suddenly, a brilliant idea hit me! What if two of my most favorite foods, pumpkin pie and a banana nut muffin, had a baby? Now that would be something.
I got to work and stumbled upon my new favorite muffin, these pumpkin pie banana nut muffins.
These little tasty morsels are aptly named as they have a fabulous pumpkin pie-like texture (nice and moist) with a flavor and nutty crunch like that of a banana nut. So much win.
If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook, you may remember when I asked if you preferred a moist muffin or a more dry muffin. Votes for a pie-like moist muffin won by a landslide, but because a good number of you voted for the dry version, I also started hunting for an alternative. There’s a great new dry cake & muffin mix company on our Paleo block called Simple Mills! Their “pumpkin muffin mix” is absolutely fabulous and is sure to satisfy your craving for a more dry muffin. An exclusive discount code is coming to this week’s newsletter, so keep your eyes peeled!
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Healthy Pumpkin Banana Muffins
Pumpkin Pie Banana Nut Muffins:
- 1 cup overripe banana mashed (1-2 bananas worth)
- 15 ounces pure canned pumpkin 1 and 1/2 cups
- 3 eggs room temperature
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice may substitute apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice see below for recipe
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice (makes 2 tablespoons):
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- Using a hand or stand mixer, cream the mashed bananas, pumpkin, and eggs together until smooth.
- Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda until it's even and you've broken all the clumps.
- Adding about 1/2 cup at a time, sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet and stir or mix until smooth. Continue for the entire batch.
- Line a muffin tin with either paper liners or rub liberally with butter. Spoon the batter evenly into 18 liners, filling about 3/4 full. Sprinkle each muffin with about 1 teaspoon of chopped pecans.
- Bake at 350 F for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.