The bananas I bought earlier this week were never eaten, were getting brown spots on them, and were begging to be made into something yummy. At the same time I had most of a mondo can of pumpkin to use, but didn’t know what to do with it. *Ding!* “Make some pumpkin banana bread!” Oh, but wait, I can’t fathom using sticks of butter, or cups of oil, and loads of sugar in a recipe right now. Just couldn’t do it. So, I explored my options for lower fat and lower sugar alternatives, and ended up being inspired to amend some bread and muffin recipes I was looking through to create my own muffiny goodness.
Banana pumpkin spice muffins
Makes 24 muffins
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups white flour
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 1 cup ripe bananas (2 large), roughly mashed
- 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray bottoms of muffin pan cups with Pam, or use paper muffin cups. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Add wet to dry and mix gently just until moistened.
(Enjoying some white wine between batches)
Fill each muffin cup ~1/2 full. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or just barely moist, whatever your preference is. Let rest for a minute, then remove to wire rack to cool. I highly suggest you eat one now with some Smart Balance Light or your favorite spread/butter. Mmmmm!
Estimated nutritional content per muffin: 95 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 2 grams fiber. (Calculated using caloriecount.about.com)
I suppose this recipe could be used to make a loaf/loaves, too. In that case, you should probably bake at 350 degrees. Not sure of timing…
The finished product is satisfying, but not sweet. Definitely not as delicate as a refined-sugar loaded, oiled up version, but still hits the spot 🙂 And just under 100 cals each! Awesome! I think I’ll eat another one 😉
Check this out… All three of my eggs were double-yolked!!!!! I’ve never had that happen before. Now I’m totally curious to see if the rest of the dozen is the same. They are cage-free, vegetarian fed hens; I bought a different brand today.
Enjoy your muffins 🙂