Dana Slatkin

Pumpkin Banana Breakfast Muffins

Pumpkin MuffinsWhen I think of Fall, the thing that really gets me drooling is pumpkin. The minute Starbucks starts pushing their Pumpkin Spice Latte, I know I’m whipped. It’s the flavor I most associate with the season, and it’s one you’ll be seeing around here often.

I’ve already got a stack of pumpkin recipes to try, so last week I stocked up on cans of organic purée (Trader Joe’s makes a good one and I like this brand), sweet spices, a variety of whole-grain flours for baking, and pumpkin spice syrup (for my morning coffee, ‘course).

On top of my pile was a recipe from the always reliable Cook’s Illustrated — a new and improved Pumpkin Bread. I envisioned a wholesome, energizing breakfast to hand off to the kids on their way out the door. But as I scrolled down the long list of ingredients, I cringed. Two cups of sugar and white flour, plus vegetable oil, cream cheese and buttermilk? It might have passed for dessert (had I had all the ingredients on hand, which I didn’t), but it was not the best way to start the day.

Pumpkin Muffin BatterI remembered recently doctoring a beloved banana bread recipe that called for way too much sugar. Overripe bananas had managed to replace nearly all the sugar. So I decided to employ them for sweetness in my muffins, adding some flaxseed meal for fiber and eliminating the dairy entirely.

In addition, all the pots and pans would have to go — I’m a one bowl kind of girl.

Happily, my reworked pumpkin banana muffins were a big hit with the breakfast bunch. Next time I might add currants or dried cranberries and maybe top them with sunflower seeds. The recipe is quick enough to whip up right before everyone rushes out into the day. And if you’re lucky, you might even end up with a few leftover to dunk into a pumpkin spice latte.

Stay tuned for more pumpkin recipes! Here are a few to satisfy your cravings:

Photo credit: Keep Your Diet Real and Simply Recipes

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