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Pumpkin Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate Chips


One of the downsides of living in Southern California is that it may be Autumn on the calendar but it’s only now getting into the mid-70s. What are seasons? I’m usually in Michigan this time of the year, visiting family, but I don’t foresee that happening anytime soon, so I don’t think I’ll actually get a dose of cool weather until January. (Wah, right?) But, I am super thankful that it’s under 80F right now, so I’ve decided that turning on the oven doesn’t seem like a cruel punishment!

If I was to tell you that I didn’t care about pumpkin, I’d be lying. Although, I can definitely say that I love ALL squash and that I think Pumpkin (spice) hogs the spotlight a little too much. Alas, sometimes I just need to satiate that pumpkin craving, and these muffins were perfect for that. I modified the Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread recipe from my Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook, added some ingredients and made them into single-servings for a tasty breakfast idea.

Another thing that I’ve been doing lately is directing more of my attention to my freelance photography work and keeping my portfolio up to date, so if you want to see a little of what I do outside of Vegan Yack Attack, give it a look! The latest post is of the wedding that I shot in early September and I love how the photos turned out!

I’ve also been trying to have more fun with my camera and equipment, so Corey and I have done a couple of random shoots here and there; one of them being a pumpkin shoot (as depicted below)! Did you know that you can buy levitating pumpkins? ;)

Back to the recipe! These muffins are ULTRA-moist, filled with spices, crunchy pecans and rich chocolate chips. Are you drooling yet? Well, there’s also pumpkin, super-ripe bananas and some whole wheat flour for some healthiness. Make these on a Saturday morning for a perfect breakfast snack paired with a warm cup of coffee.

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Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread

It has been a hot minute since the last time I did a cooking video, but after having a reader suggest making a new one the other day, it’s clear that the time has come! And I’m telling you, this is a great recipe for one; it’s easy, tastes amazing and is perfect for this time of year. Plus, like I say in the video, bake a couple mini-loaves of this Pumpkin Banana Nut bread and give them to friends and family at your Thanksgiving festivities for some tasty gifts.

I made a couple of loaves yesterday and brought them to a dinner with a couple of close friends, and even driving there, the scent of them filled my car and made me even more hungry! By the time we were done with dinner, we were full, but someone unwrapped one of the loaves and it was game over. This bread is great with a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast or dessert! Or possibly as a meal substitute, but I wouldn’t know anything about that… ;)

Enough of my babbling, though, I’ll let the video speak for itself! Below are the ingredients and measurements you’ll need to make the recipe.

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