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Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

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Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

I’m sure there is some form of definitive answer on what makes a muffin different from a cupcake. But it’s all very confusing when I try to explain it. It’s like we all KNOW when we’re eating a muffin and when we’re eating a cupcake, right?? There’s just something about it that is different from its culinary twin. So forgive me if I call these beautiful treats muffins and then top them with frosting. It doesn’t quite sound right, but trust me when I say they taste amazing!

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, smashed with a fork and mixed well.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Two 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin spice natural flavor
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3  cup milk chocolate chips

I think you’ll agree that the ingredients are far more muffin-esque than cake-esque. And really, there’s nothing wrong if you want to call them cupcakes instead. After all, these are really a great dessert for your Halloween tablescape, and I’m betting most folks wouldn’t bat an eye if you called them cupcakes.

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, butter a mini-muffin pan and set it aside.

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment, cream together the sugar and butter. Then, add pure vanilla extract and pumpkin spice flavor. Mix well.

In a separate bowl, add mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, eggs, and heavy cream with a fork. Set aside.

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl, mixing well with a fork. Add the mashed banana and pumpkin puree mixture to the butter and butter mixture and mix well. Add the flour and baking soda mixture and mix until fully incorporated.

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Fold in the dried cherries and chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Spoon your pumpkin and banana batter into the mini-muffin pan. Leave a 1/2 inch from the lip of the pan. Bake in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Once the mini-muffins are cool enough to safely handle, turn them out onto a clean working surface and turn them upright. Decorate with orange frosting and multi-colored candy sprinkles. Serve and eat!

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

For the frosting, you can buy a pre-made kind or check out my basic frosting recipes to make your own. You can jazz up the vanilla frosting with orange food coloring. And there are tons of different kinds of autumn/Halloween themed sprinkles you can find!

If you are looking for a really great mini-muffin pan, I highly suggest this one from Wilton. You can make up to 48 cupcakes at once, and it is such good quality!

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Yield: 48 mini muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites are a sweet treat everyone will love.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, smashed with a fork and mixed well.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Two 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin spice natural flavor
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then, butter a mini-muffin pan and set it aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater attachment, cream together the sugar and butter. Then, add pure vanilla extract and pumpkin spice flavor. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, add mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, eggs, and heavy cream with a fork. Set aside.
  4. Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl, mixing well with a fork. Add the mashed banana and pumpkin puree mixture to the butter and butter mixture and mix well. Add the flour and baking soda mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Fold in the dried cherries and chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon your pumpkin and banana batter into the mini-muffin pan. Leave a 1/2 inch from the lip of the pan. Bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 15 minutes.
  7. Once the mini-muffins are cool enough to safely handle, turn them out onto a clean working surface and turn them upright. Decorate with orange frosting and multi-colored candy sprinkles. Serve and eat!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 24mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 5g Protein: 1g
This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites
Pumpkin Banana Bread Mini Muffin Bites

Set these out for your next Halloween party spread, and I promise you will have some VERY happy guests!

Check out some of my other great Halloween Party suggestions!

Free Halloween Party Pack Printable - Includes invitations, bottle wrappers, straw toppers, and cupcake toppers!
A Pirate Halloween Birthday Party for Your Child | A Mother Thing | https://www.amotherthing.com

How to throw an allergy friendly halloween party.
Vanilla Cake with Pumpkin Buttercream and Candy Corn | A Mother Thing
Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse #halloween #candycorn #mousse

Assorted Spooky Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes | A Mother Thing | https://www.amotherthing.com
Perfect Pumpkin Puree | A Mother Thing | https://www.amotherthing.com

Pumpkin-Stuffed Crepes Perfect for Autumn | A Mother Thing

And don’t forget these fun costume ideas!

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Stay tuned because I’ve got some more awesome Halloween treats coming soon!

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3 comments

Mari October 7, 2016 - 11:17 am

Hey Katie great share just pinned found you on Idea Box 🙂

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Emily October 12, 2016 - 11:14 am

So cute! Thanks for sharing with the Delicious Dishes Recipe party this week!

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Janet Vinyard October 13, 2016 - 6:56 am

Prettiest muffins I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessings, Janet

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