Since it’s still November, I’m still allowed to make pumpkin things. I recently had an early morning class field trip, so I decided that it would be nice to bring some muffins along. I had a few very ripe bananas, so my initial plan was to find a good banana muffin recipe, but during my search I found something even better: a pumpkin banana muffin recipe. To make the muffins a little more interesting I decided to add some chocolate chips and walnuts. Basically whenever I can add nuts or chocolate, I will.
The muffins turned out fairly dense and quite moist which was great. The original recipe called for whole wheat flour, or at least a combination of white and whole wheat. I typically jump at the chance to use whole wheat flour, but in this instance I had just bought some white flour that I wanted to use up, so I used all white. I love recipes that are adaptable to what you have on hand!
Are you tired of pumpkin yet? I’m not. I found a great pumpkin granola bar recipe, and I needed to try it. It was one of those recipes that I searched for on a couple sites, and they pretty much all brought me back to same recipe. I took that as a sign that this recipe is a good one. I like the recipe because it doesn’t have flour, eggs, or butter. Instead, just applesauce. The only thing I thought could make the recipe better would be protein powder. So I added some.
I added a “scoop” which is about 25g, so it only really added a few grams of protein to each bar. I was surprised, however, that the protein powder had a negligible affect on the taste and texture of the final product. Score!
This recipe is simple, but it gets the job done. Simply use a store-bought refrigerated pie crust such as Pillsbury to line a pie dish. In a bowl, combine a 15 oz. can of pumpkin, a can of sweetened condensed milk, 2 eggs, and one tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Fill the pie shell with this mixture. Place in the oven at 450 for ten minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 and cook for another 30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. It’s simplicity at its best and will please any taste buds during this harvest season.