Pumpkin Banana Muffins {Secret Recipe Club}

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Pumpkin Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffins

I so enjoyed looking through my assignment for the Secret Recipe Club this month. I had Amy’s Cooking Adventures; Amy is a mom to three children – two boys on earth who are 6 and 4, and one daughter who was stillborn. She not only writes and photographs amazing recipes, she also talks about dealing with life as a grieving mother.

My kids are just-7, 4, and 2, and I am right with Amy when it comes to picky eaters and trying to expand their little palates. I have found that my kids will eat almost anything if I put it in a muffin. They love Spinach Muffins, even! So I decided to try two new muffin recipes from Amy, because I had a couple of very ripe bananas and I couldn’t decide between these two recipes!

The Pumpkin Banana Muffins above are sweetened only with banana and a small amount of real maple syrup or honey and the cinnamon (or chocolate) chips. I thought they were delicious, moist, and I’m so glad to have that recipe at hand! I should have used chocolate chips, because two of my three kids apparently don’t like the cinnamon chips. Oh well, more for me!

Zucchini Banana Muffins

These Zucchini Banana Muffins are actually very similar to the Double Chocolate Zucchini Spice Muffins I have on my site already, but with the addition of banana and a little less sugar. I liked the additional sweetness and moisture from the banana, plus it helped me use up those almost-entirely-brown ones on the counter. These were gobbled up by my children and our dorm boys! Hence, the iPhone photo – they all got eaten before I could get a good pic. Whoops. (I made 12 muffins and one small loaf of bread.)

Thanks, Amy, for the great recipes! Her site has tons and tons of recipes I would like to try, including this Rosemary-Basil Bread, which I almost made in addition to the muffins!

Naturally Sweetened Pumpkin-Banana Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 c.)
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c. melted coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 c. cinnamon or chocolate chips (optional - obviously these have sugar unless you have made your own!)


Preheat oven to 350F.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In another bowl, mix together banana, pumpkin puree, and oil. Add in eggs and syrup/honey and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until combined. Fold in chips.

Fill muffin cups about two-thirds full. Sprinkle with additional chips if desired. Bake 15-18 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.


Find the Chocolate Zucchini Banana Muffin recipe on Amy’s Cooking Adventures!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

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SNV31080Remember how I said that I don’t like pumpkin spice lattes? These cookies have convinced me that I need to give them another chance. I still don’t like pumpkin-flavored brewed coffee, but maybe the extra milk and stuff makes it tolerable. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ve ever had one of the Starbucks PSLs; I just haven’t ever liked pumpkin and coffee together.

These cookies change everything!

I was baking some of my regular pumpkin cookies as a treat for my husband, who is having a crazy week at work. I started thinking about these coffee chocolate chip shortbreads I made for Bible study this weekend … and how I had some extra instant coffee hanging around … and how much people like those pumpkin spice lattes …

I couldn’t resist trying out a variation on my regular cookie, even though I knew it might make Mr. V hysterical. (I’ve mentioned his opposition to my changing anything about his mama’s meatloaf recipe, right?) I kept the cookie recipe the same but added some coffee pizzazz to the icing, along with a shot of heavy cream for that “latte” feel.

The result: delicious! Make some. Now. If you don’t have any instant coffee, just put some strong brewed coffee in there and see what happens. I bet it’s still delicious.


Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies

Yield: about 3 dozen cookies

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies


  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. butter (can sub shortening or use a mixture of the two)
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Frosting
  • 3 T butter
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 T heavy cream


Sift the first five ingredients together (flour through salt).

In a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.

Add dry ingredients all at once and stir gently to form a smooth batter.

Drop by tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I use a small cookie scoop.) Bake 12 to 14 minutes at 350.

Let rest on cookie sheets for a few minutes when they come out of the oven; then transfer to cooling racks and let cool.


Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add milk, brown sugar, and coffee granules and bring to a bubble over medium heat. Once bubbling, cook two minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. (I transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.)

When cool, stir powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream into the sugar mixture. Spoon or drizzle over cooled cookies.


Are you a pumpkin spice kinda person?

Added to Tasty Tuesday and Sweet Tooth Friday.

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