Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pumpkin-Banana Muffins

Here it is... as promised! :) I made these muffins on Sunday, and was pleasantly surprised how well they turned out. I get a little nervous when I'm trying new things (and winging it) when it comes to anything baked. I've had mistakes a couple of times... muffins come out looking good, then deflate... But not this time! :) Basically, I just added some pumpkin puree and extra spices to my favorite Banana Muffin recipe, and prayed they would come out delicious. My husband kept calling them "Frankenstein" muffins, since they were "my own creation". When I was taking them out of the oven, he started chanting, "They're ALIVE! They're ALIVE!". :) What's funny is, I actually made some muffins a while back that are even more "Frankenstein" than these... I don't know why he didn't call those "Frankenstein" muffins..? Anyways, these muffins turned out yummy and all three of us are still enjoying them... 

This recipe makes about 12 to 18 muffins.

1 pkg. (8 oz) Neufchatel Cheese, softened (cream cheese is fine too)
1 cup sugar (or 1/4 cup Agave Nectar)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium bananas)
3/4 cup pumpkin puree*
2 eggs
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour muffin trays or use paper liners; set aside. In a stand mixer, beat neufchatel cheese, sugar and butter on medium speed until well blended. Add banana, pumpkin and eggs; mix well. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add combined dry ingredients to mixer; mix until moistened. Pour into prepared muffin cups until 2/3 filled. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in trays for 5 minutes; remove muffins and cool completely on wire racks... or serve steaming hot because your family can't wait to eat them! ;) 

*Note: For the pumpkin puree--canned pumpkin is okay, but NOT pumpkin pie filling. If you don't have pumpkin pie spice on hand, click here for a recipe to make your own. Also, for a boost of Omega-3, you can add 2 tbsp flaxseed meal to this recipe! Just mix it in along with the dry ingredients before you add it to the rest of the batter. :)




Eileen said...

These sound delicious! Now I'm hungry gosh darnit! So not fair to do to a pregnant woman after midnight ;-).

Clueless_Mama said...

I sure wish I could cook like you! I just want to come to your house and eat. Also you are one of the winners of the Julie & Julia books. Please email me with your information. congrats!!

Equidae said...

uuuuu i will try i will and tell you how they came!

Anonymous said...

I love it when it's pumpkin cooking time. There's a bread store here that makes the most awesome breads--one is chocolate chip pumpkin bread. My boys LOVE it!

Stereos and Souffles said...

Yum, I love anything with pumpkin. I think it is under utilized. I love making a pumpkin sage cream sauce for gnocchi in the winter.
Stopping by from SITS.

mub said...

Popping over from SITS!

These muffins look fabulous. Canned pumpkin is really hard to come by here so I might wait until I can find a pumpkin to make puree, but I gotta try these!

Jennifer OWM said...

Sounds delicious! Can't wait to try them.

Little Miss Baker said...

These look delicious! I will have to give them a go come October :) Yummy!!

Multiple personalities.. said...

I just absolutely love your recipes Mama mel! These sound so delicious. I don't often think of anything pumpkin until the fall, so this is a nice surprise. Once again thanks for sharing such yummy goodness.

Amber said...

I saw these on your other post and couldn't wait until you posted the recipe. Can't wait to try this one! Thanks :)

Genny said...

I love, love, love to bake. This looks like a great recipe!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

yummo... I will have to try these out!! :)

Penelope said...

bananas are amazing...they taste good alone, as a bread, as muffins, sliced into your cereal, with icecream, or covered in chocolate. these pics make my mouth water!

Anonymous said...

My daughter loves those!

thank you!!!i am so gonna try!



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Laura said...

Yum! I think I will definately have to try this, as I can eat a whole loaf of banana bread in 2 days...
I'm definately following your blog!

Meg said...

Thanks for swinging by and sharing my FB day today!

and can i just say.... YUM! :)

Katie said...

Visiting from SITS! Looks delicious, I might have to make them.

BPOTW said...

Looks like another wonderful treat!