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These pumpkin banana muffins are the perfect Fall twist on classic banana muffins. They’re soft, fluffy, warm-spiced, and filled with gooey chocolate chips. So easy to make and ready in no time!
This recipe can be made with dairy ingredients or it can be made dairy free, and they’re a perfect way to use up those over-ripe bananas too! They are perfect for kids and adults alike!
Why These Pumpkin Banana Muffins Work
- They are so easy to make and require just a few simple ingredients
- The combination of pumpkin and banana makes the muffins ultra-moist and fluffy
- They can be made using whole wheat flour if you want to make them healthier!
- These muffins aren’t too sweet, so they are perfect for an on-the-go snack, breakfast, or for serving at brunch.
- Butter: you can use any kind of softened butter (regular or dairy free) or you can substitute with an equal amount of neutral oil. You can also substitute for unsweetened applesauce to make them a little healthier if needed.
- Flour: this recipe uses all-purpose flour, but you can also use a combination of whole wheat flour, white whole wheat flour, and all-purpose flour. Be sure to properly measure your flour using a kitchen scale or the scoop and level method!
- Banana: this recipe calls for 1 cup of mashed banana. Ripe bananas are best - I usually use frozen bananas in my baking. Thaw them in a bowl in the fridge or at room temperature for 1-2 hours before baking.
- Pumpkin Puree: Be sure to use pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar and spices, so the flavor and sweetness of these muffins will be affected if you use it.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: You can buy pumpkin pie spice online or in the spice aisle of most grocery stores, or you can make your own! See the Recipe Notes below for homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe.
Step By Step Instructions
Note: Full ingredient measurements and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare a muffin tin with a light coating of cooking spray or with muffin liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda and set it aside.
STEP TWO: For ultra smooth muffins, I like to puree my bananas in the blender. Alternatively, mash the bananas with a fork, then measure out 1 cup and set aside.
STEP THREE: In the bowl of a standing mixer or handheld mixer, beat butter, oil, and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Add in pumpkin puree and mashed bananas.
STEP FOUR: Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, then stir in chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate. Divide the batter between the muffins tins and fill almost to the top, around ¾ full. Bake for 17-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the muffins comes out clean.
FAQs and Expert Tips
If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can use the following combination of spices: ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, and ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
In this particular recipe, there is a full teaspoon of baking powder and a full teaspoon of baking soda, which help achieve those tall round muffin tops. Filling them ¾ full is another way to get beautiful brunch-worthy pumpkin muffins!
Definitely! I’ve made them without chocolate chips many times. I also sometimes like to use chopped up semisweet chocolate, or chopped pecans/walnuts in this recipe.
- Use overripe bananas: When baking with bananas, the perfect bananas are the ones that are very overripe, covered in big black spots. Bananas at this stage get extra soft, mushy, and sweet. I always have a huge stash of these in my freezer. When I'm ready to bake with bananas I just remove them from the freezer about 1-2 hours before and let them thaw in a bowl.
- Blend the ripe bananas: Instead of mashing the bananas up with a fork, try blending them in a food processor or blender until they are super smooth. A simple tip, but it definitely makes a difference. The banana flavour is there, but it's so smoothly incorporated with pumpkin flavour that the flavours blend seamlessly. If you prefer to mash them with a fork - that's fine too.
- Measure out the bananas after blending them: These pumpkin banana muffins only need 1 cup of banana and 1 cup of pumpkin, for 2 cups total. To get an accurate measurement, make sure you measure the bananas after blending them. If you are a little bit short of a full cup of bananas, just top up the remaining amount with pumpkin purée.
- Properly measure your flour: Over-measuring your flour will lead to dry muffins. I strongly recommend using a kitchen scale, but you can also use the scoop and level method if you don't have a scale.
- Don’t over-mix: Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until they are just combined, no longer. Over-mixing will affect the texture of the muffins - we want light and fluffy muffins right?!
- Add chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter, or sprinkle them on top before baking if you'd like to add some crunch to the muffins!
Storage and Freezing Instructions
The pumpkin muffins will last for 2-3 days at room temperature in an airtight container. But for the ultimate freshness, I actually like to freeze them in a ziploc bag as soon as they have cooled completely.
Whenever I want to eat one, I take it out of the freezer bag and microwave for 20-30 seconds for warm muffins, or let the muffins thaw at room temperature. If you want to serve them all at once you can take the whole bag out and thaw for a few hours at room temperature.
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Pumpkin Banana Muffins
- ⅓ cup butter, softened (regular or vegan)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (SEE NOTES)
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (SEE NOTES)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour (SEE NOTES)
- ⅓-½ cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (regular or vegan)
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with 12 liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl of a standing mixer or handheld mixer, beat together butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until just combined.
- Mash the ripe bananas either with a fork or in a blender, then measure out 1 cup. Only use one cup. If you are a little bit short, just top up the measuring cup with pumpkin puree to reach 1 cup.
- Add the 1 cup of blended/mashed bananas and 1 cup pumpkin puree into the large mixing bowl and mix.
- Add the dry ingredients into the bowl and mix until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl every so often. Stir in the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.
- Scoop roughly ⅓ cup of the batter into each muffin liner, the liners should be about ¾ full. Sprinkle with more chocolate if desired.
- Bake for 19-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of one of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the muffins cool in the muffin tray for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
The calorie information provided for this recipe is an estimate. The accuracy of the calories listed is not guaranteed.