Recipe Wednesday: Banana Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

Recipe Wednesday: Banana Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

I was actually following a recipe when these muffins were being made. Then I got lazy and forgot to look at all the ingredients, skipped a few, replaced some others…and this is how they turned out!

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It’s a sugarless muffin to begin with, which had me a tad concerned in the beginning but after adding lots of spices and taste testing of course, they turned out pretty good! Just a heads up, they are very soft muffins which will need to be put in the fridge because of the serious banana content and they are very wheat-y tasting, I believe due to the combo of the ground flax seed and whole wheat flour, but toasted and spread with some PB or Earth Balance and they’re a great breakfast, snack, or whatever! They are supposed to have oats and millet in them too but I forgot the oats and didn’t have millet, so if you try them, you can also add in a 1/4C oats and 1/3C uncooked millet.

Banana Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

Yields 12 muffins


2 C Whole Wheat Flour2 tsp Baking soda
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 C pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
3 Tbsp water
1.5 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 C mashed bananas (about 4-5)
1/2 C chopped walnuts


1. Set oven to 350* F and grease 12 muffin tins. In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed and water; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine mashed banana, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. Add in flaxseed/water mixture (it should be slightly thick at this point).

3. Add in whole wheat flour, baking soda, and spices and stir until combined.

4. Stir in walnuts just enough to distribute evenly.

5. Spoon mixture into muffin tins and cook for 18-20 minutes. Let cool and serve up with spreads!

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I had a one dog begging me to give her one. Sometimes those sad puppy eyes get to me…not this time Lucky. I gave her a dog biscuit instead.

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George was having nothing to do with the muffins because he was more interested in what was going on outside…

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Birds in the backyard!

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(Allen’s Hummingbird, one of my favorites.)

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(Western Scrub Jay. Obnoxiously loud, but always entertaining)

Haha, sorry, sidetracked by the birds outside. It’s helping me keep up a nice list of the birds I see everyday for my birding list! I’ve gotten some species in the backyard I never thought I would see! Yay for all of Dad’s plants to attract them!

Oh, but let me know if you try the recipe, or what you think would be a great addition. Next time I’m adding mini chocolate chips. I mean, what’s better than bananas and chocolate!??!?

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11 Responses to Recipe Wednesday: Banana Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

  1. madeline says:

    they look delicious! thanks for the recipe & tips. and i LOVE the dog pics especially :)

  2. aww the pups are ADORABLE!
    this recipe sounds like a winner – no excess butter/oil (none at all for that matter)? win win!

  3. Sugarless? Sounds good for my resolution to make healthier choices. I love banana bread so this would be fun to try out.

    I think it’s so cool that you know birds so well. I only know pigeons and crows. Haha! I’d love to be able to identify more.

  4. Yum! Ironically, I’m posting a similar recipe today :P Happy hump day!

  5. Pearl says:

    Hi Melissa, not trying to be a nag at all- I LOVE banana bread :) It concerns me a little bit to see very low fat/ no sugar recipes like this coming from somebody who is in recovery. I know that you see veganism as something that comes from a genuine place. and it may well be. Any type of dietary restriction can be dangerous though, for somebody in recovery. I just hope that restriction doesn’t build on itself…

    All the best!


    • Melissa says:

      Hey Pearl, no worries and I take your concern into consideration. In all truthfulness it didn’t even hit me until now that it has no fat. I’ve been covering them in pb and ab so much that I suppose it makes up for the recipe’s lack of fat. As far as the sugar aspect though, I like to use pure sugars from fruit as often as possible, or honey. This recipe just happened to have none and truthfully, it needed some. Lol. So no worries, this and other recipes aren’t a reflection of ED behaviors, I’m making sure of it! No restricting here!

  6. Stacey says:

    Those sound awesome! I think I might make more muffins tomorrow, and I might make some similar to these!

  7. Your dogs are sooooo cute! I haven’t tried the muffins, but I bet if you subbed the water for some pure maple syrup, it would give it just the little kick of sweetness you were missing. Although, chocolate is never a bad decision…. ;)

  8. These look amazing, might need to make some soon!

  9. Krista says:

    CUTE puppies!! I’ve always loved banana and walnut together….and yes, adding chocolate always makes everything better!! :)

  10. Erica says:

    They look yummy!!! I love when experiments turn out well :) Cute babies!!

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