Pumpkin Banana Muffins

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These Pumpkin Banana Muffins are moist and perfectly balanced with warm spices and ripe banana sweetness, making them perfect for fall.

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These Pumpkin Banana Muffins bring a delicious twist to your fall baking! Banana makes the perfect pairing with warm fall spices and pumpkin, and it also adds some natural sweetness to this easy pumpkin muffin recipe.

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Banana muffins are one of my all-time favorites, whether they’re loaded with blueberries (that would be my Blueberry Banana Muffins) or topped with chewy oats (as in my Healthy Banana Nut Muffins). But when fall rolls around, it’s time to switch up my muffin game with these easy Pumpkin Banana Muffins.

At first, you may wonder whether pumpkin and banana pair well together in a muffin recipe. I get it! The pumpkin has a mild, subtly sweet taste on its own, though—it’s the cozy fall spices and ripe banana that give these muffins their signature flavor. Pumpkin is added to the mix for a moist batter, beautiful orange color, and lots of nutrients, including vitamins A and C.

As with most muffin recipes, you’ll find that this Pumpkin Banana Muffins recipe is a cinch to make, and they’re a hit with kids too. Tuck them into lunchboxes with a smear of sunflower seed butter, or keep them on hand in the freezer for a grab-and-go breakfast on busy school mornings!

Why you’ll love these Pumpkin Spice Banana Muffins

  • Soft texture: The combination of pumpkin and mashed ripe banana gives these muffins an irresistible tender crumb.
  • Cozy fall flavor: This muffin recipe has all the warm flavors of fall thanks to the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. If you can’t resist pumpkin spice everything when it starts getting chilly outside, you’re going to love these muffins.
  • A round-the-clock muffin: Enjoy a Pumpkin Banana Muffin for breakfast, have one as an afternoon pick-me-up, or warm one up in the microwave for a treat after dinner. Basically, any time is a good time for these muffins!
  • Simple to make: Minimal effort, maximum deliciousness—what more can you ask for? You’ll need just a few minutes to mix together the muffin batter, then 20 minutes of baking time. This is the kind of recipe you can whip up without clearing your schedule for the day.

Ingredients to Make Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Ingredients for recipe: flour, pumpkin, brown sugar, spices, bananas, oil, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and sugar.
  • All-purpose flour: Lightly spoon this into your measuring cups rather than scooping it. If you scoop it, you’ll compact the flour in the cup and end up using more than you actually need.
  • Baking soda: Baking soda gives these Pumpkin Banana Muffins their rise. 
  • Spices and salt: Cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a warm fall flavor, and salt to enhance the overall flavor of these muffins.
  • Sugar: You’ll need granulated white sugar and light brown sugar. 
  • Olive oil: You can use another type of oil, like canola or vegetable oil, but I love to bake with olive oil because I always have it on hand.
  • Melted butter: Using a combination of butter and oil in these muffins gives us the benefits of both—namely, richness and a moist crumb.
  • Eggs: Let these come to room temperature. Room temperature eggs hold more air when beaten, which means your muffins will rise a little bit higher!
  • Bananas: Not only do darker bananas add more sweetness, they also have a more distinct banana flavor.
  • Pumpkin puree: I recommend using canned pumpkin puree. Be sure to buy pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix, which is sweetened and spiced.
  • Vanilla extract: Like salt, vanilla enhances the flavor of a recipe. 
  • Make gluten-free Pumpkin Banana Muffins. Substitute a measure-for-measure gluten-free all-purpose flour for the standard all-purpose flour. (I don’t recommend substituting a single gluten-free flour, like almond or coconut, as the entire recipe would have to be reformulated.)
  • Veganize your muffins. Plant-based butter and flax eggs can be used to make these Pumpkin Banana Muffins vegan.
  • Add a topping. A sprinkle of coarse sugar adds a great crunch to the tops of the muffins, or you can scatter a few old-fashioned oats and sugar over the tops before baking.
  • Try some mix-ins. If you’re not opposed to raisins, they make an excellent addition to these muffins; although it’s not a must, I like to soak them in apple cider for a few hours first so they’re infused with fall flavor and extra plump. Chocolate chips or chopped toasted nuts are great too.

How to make Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Once you mash the banana, the hard work is done! Which is another way of saying: this Pumpkin Banana Muffins recipe is easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Make batter

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl. In a second bowl, whisk together the sugars, butter, oil, and eggs until the mixture is smooth and all of the ingredients are well-incorporated. [Image 1]
  2. Add the mashed banana, pumpkin, and vanilla extract to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Whisk to combine. [Image 2]
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. [Image 3]
  4. Use a spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the batter just until combined—you don’t want there to be any streaks or lumps of flour in the batter, but you also want to be careful not to over-mix. [Image 4]
4 image collage making batter in a bowl: eggs, butter, sugar and spices added, 2- after mixing together with mashed bananas, vanilla, and pumpkin added, 3- after combining with flour added, 4- final batter.

Bake muffins

  1. Divide the finished muffin batter into the greased cavities of a muffin pan. Fill each ¾ of the way full. [Image 1]
  2. Bake the Pumpkin Spice Banana Muffins until they’re lightly browned along the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. [Image 2]
2 image collage before and after baking recipe in a muffin pan.

Tips for making the best pumpkin banana muffins

  1. Make sure the muffin tin cavities are well-coated. Because the muffins will rise, you want to ensure that not only the inside of the cups are coated, but also the edges where the tops of the muffins might stick.
  2. Use ripe bananas for the best flavor. They should have a good number of dark speckles—or even be completely brown. As long as the bananas haven’t started to ferment, they can be used in baking.
  3. Mash the bananas on a flat surface. This is one of my favorite tricks for banana recipes. Mashing bananas on a flat surface, like a clean plastic cutting board, is quicker than mashing them in a bowl.
  4. Don’t over-mix the batter. Over-mixing is one of the most common mistakes people make in baking. The more you mix, the more the gluten strands in the flour activate—which means tough muffins without a lot of rise. As soon as you see that there are no more streaks of flour in the batter, stop stirring.
  5. Let the muffins cool completely. The baking process continues even after you remove muffins, cakes, and breads from the oven. This means it’s important to let them fully cool before giving them a try. I promise, the wait will be worth it!
Pumpkin Banana muffins in a muffin pan.

How to store pumpkin banana muffins

Store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. 

How long will pumpkin banana muffins last in the fridge?

Muffins can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container. While refrigerating isn’t ideal, it does extend the storage life of these muffins a few more days without freezing them.

Can i freeze pumpkin Spice banana muffins?

Yes, you can freeze these muffins. Place the cooled muffins in a freezer bag or airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, let them thaw at room temperature or warm them up in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time until they’re heated through.

Frequently asked questions


Can I use homemade pumpkin puree?

I don’t recommend using homemade pumpkin puree; it can be quite inconsistent from one batch to the next, which means it’s unpredictable in baking. If you do want to use it, place it in a colander lined with a cheesecloth and then set the colander in your kitchen sink. Let this sit for 30 minutes so some of the liquid can drain off. This will leave you with a thicker puree similar to the kind that comes in a can.


What can I substitute for pumpkin puree?

Canned butternut squash puree is the best substitute for pumpkin puree if pumpkin puree is sold out near you. In fact, you probably won’t even notice the difference!


Is extra-virgin olive oil safe for baking?

While I can’t speak for all recipes, it’s perfectly fine to use extra-virgin olive oil in these Pumpkin Banana Muffins. They’re baked at 350ºF, which is well below olive oil’s smoke point of 410ºF.


Can I use non-ripe bananas for baking?

It’s best to use ripe bananas, as they’ll add more sweetness and banana flavor to the muffins. Your muffins will be bland if you use unripe bananas.

Pumpkin banana muffin on a small plate with a bite taken out to show inside texture.

Between their cozy fall flavor and super moist texture, there’s a whole lot to love about these Pumpkin Banana Muffins. With a few simple ingredients and minutes of effort, you can have a batch ready and waiting for breakfast and beyond!

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Pumpkin Banana Muffins

These Pumpkin Banana Muffins are moist and perfectly balanced with warm spices and ripe banana sweetness, making them perfect for fall.
5 from 180 votes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 230
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
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Ingredients
  

  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter cooled slightly
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F and spray a 12-count muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt together. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, olive oil, butter and eggs. Whisk for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and well combined. Add banana, pumpkin and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together with a spatula until no streaks of flour remain. Fill each muffin cavity about ¾ full, then bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

Storage: Store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. 
Freezing: Place the cooled muffins into a freezer bag or airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, let them thaw at room temperature or warm them up in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time until they’re heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 232mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 1758IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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  1. Shondell says:

    These muffins are delicious. I made them vegan by using vegan butter and an egg-replacer powder. I only used 1/2 cup of sugar (coconut sugar) in total and they’re still very sweet, so I wouldn’t recommend using a full cup of sugar. Next time I make them I’m going to omit the sugar entirely and see how they turn out, because it would be great to be able to put these on snack rotation for my toddler. I baked mine for 25 minutes total. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yumna says:

      Sounds great! Thanks for letting me know about these swaps!

  2. Nicole Moses says:

    Perfectly moist and delicious. I keep them in the freezer so I always have them on hand for my toddler….she loves them!!!

    1. Yumna says:

      Yay! Such a smart idea to keep them in the freezer!

      1. Nicole moses says:

        Yes!!! I also forgot to mention, they come out excellent as mini muffins💕💕

  3. TaRessa says:

    Tried the recipe and it was delicious! I slightly reduced the sugar to approx 3/4 cups. Looking forward to making this is a loaf. Any suggestions?

    1. Yumna says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t made it as a loaf but I would say a good starting point for baking time would be 50 minutes at 350˚F.

  4. Susan says:

    Can I use one banana?

    1. Yumna says:

      Two will give you the best texture and flavor.

  5. Alex says:

    I’ve made these three times and they are perfect every time! I sub the same amount of 1:1 gluten-free flour and Miyoko’s dairy-free butter for each ingredient in the recipe. These muffins are better than most coffee shop pastries I’ve had. Honestly, can’t get enough!

    1. Yumna says:

      So glad you enjoy them, thanks for you feedback on allergy friendly options here!

  6. Jen says:

    Very good! Moist, just the right amount of sugar. Will make again

    1. Yumna J. says:

      Thank you so much, Jen!

  7. Lauren says:

    Love the recipes, but the ads and pop-ups are a bit much 😕

    1. Yumna says:

      Thanks! There are definitely ads on my website, which is how I make income as a content creator providing free recipes, but I’ve found that my setup is actually way less than most free websites. Can you send me a screenshot of what you’re seeing that is preventing you from accessing the recipe card? I’d love to see what you’re talking about so I can make any adjustments needed. Thank you!

  8. Cristina says:

    FANTASTIC recipe… except, it calls for one cup of the mixture of sugars, which I thought was crazy seeing as you were mashing two ripe bananas in. I did one quarter cup of each instead, equaling half a cup of sugars, and I still think it’s sweet. My bananas weren’t overly ripened either. For people who like sweet, I think this (1/4 cup each with well ripened bananas) is the perfect amount but next time I would do an 8th cup of white sugar and an 8th cup of brown sugar. Hopefully, it would still come out good because the flavor is delicious and it is so incredibly moist. Oh, and I also omitted the nutmeg, because I never liked nutmeg, so I added a tiny bit more cinnamon.

    1. Yumna says:

      Glad you found a sweetness level you enjoyed!

    2. Christine says:

      Flavor is outstanding but I agree on sweetness. I wish I had seen your suggestions first. I made it as is and while I enjoy the flavor, my tongue can’t handle this much sweetness so I will bring them to a family party today and give the rest away and try it again with less sugar

      1. Yumna says:

        Sorry these didn’t come out to your liking. The sugar content also contributes to the texture of the muffins, but I totally understand everyone has different palates!

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