Monday, November 7, 2016

pumpkin banana chocolate chip muffins

When does pumpkin spice season start? Does it start October 1st or when fall weather first makes an appearance? I guess that depends on where you live. If I waited for fall weather in Texas, I would probably be waiting until the end of November, and if I was specifically in Houston, I would be waiting until December. However, there was a brief period of fall weather in early October here in Dallas that was just perfect for making these pumpkin banana chocolate chip muffins. They turned out incredibly moist and had the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor cut by the banana- not overwhelmingly in your face, but enough to be noticed. I took it once step further by mixing my own pumpkin spice mix, which, surprise, has absolutely no pumpkin in it. It's an aromatic and cozy blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves perfect for the fall weather. Best of all, it's incredibly easy to blend together and doesn't leave you wondering why your pumpkin spice latte is orange if there isn't actually any pumpkin in it.

4-ingredient pumpkin spice mix from allrecipes:
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
-1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (I replaced this with an equivalent amount of allspice)

Blend together and you're done!

pumpkin banana chocolate chip muffins, adapted from
-1 cup pumpkin puree (I used 1 1/4 cups for a more pumpkin taste)
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup mashed ripe bananas (I used 3 medium sized bananas)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 large egg, beaten
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-1/3 cup chocolate chips
-1 tsp ground cinnamon* 
-1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg* 
-1/4 teaspoon ground ginger* 
-1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (I replaced this with an equivalent amount of allspice)*

*- taken from the pumpkin spice recipe listed above.

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray baking cups with non-stick spray.
2. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin + vegetable oil + mashed bananas + vanilla + beaten egg + brown sugar + chocolate chips
3. In another large bowl, mix flour + baking soda + baking powder + salt + pumpkin spice
4. Combine ingredients from the two bowls and mix until just combined
5. Fill baking cups almost to the top with batter and bake for 25 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean


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