Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

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Muffins have a special place in my heart.  Really.  There’s a coffee shop that everyone knows who goes to school at Arizona State–the Coffee Plantation–and, since I grew up in Tempe and went to ASU, I was frequenting Coffee Plantation since the age of 10 (where I remember trying for the first time one of their deliciously sweet Italian sodas and perfect fruit tarts).  Coffee Plantation also has the most scrumptious, moist, and wonderfully oversized muffins.  I would ride my bike to campus on cold mornings (yes, it does get cold in Arizona) and stop for one of my favorite plump blueberry muffins and a coffee before work or school.

I still love to have muffins for breakfast–both because of my fond muffin memories and because I generally like something sweet in the morning (I’m still bitter that Starbucks switched out their very berry coffeecake, which I ate for breakfast for years).  I’ll usually make a batch of muffins on Saturday or Sunday for the week with my son or husband.  Muffins are incredibly easy to make from scatch–so don’t be fooled into buying the boxed muffin mixes–you most certainly have everything you need to make muffins in your pantry and refrigerator already–even if you’re not that keen on baking.


As I’m trying to eat healthier after having the baby 3 weeks ago, I was looking for a muffin that was more on the healthy side (less sugar, butter, and dairy).   These muffins not only incorporate pumpkin, but also include ripe bananas (the riper the better), which gives an extra natural sweetness (and a great use for those older bananas).  I’ve also been experimenting with different flours to make my muffins gluten-free–more on this later in the blog.


These Vegan Pumpkin Muffins turned out so delicious that I’m making them in place of the fall cookies I was planning on baking for my son’s upcoming 3rd birthday party.  They provide a healthy option/alternative (instead of cake or cupcakes) that is not overly sweet, but still gloriously additive.  Even though the recipe makes 12 regular-sized muffins, we gobbled up the entire batch in only a few days.


The recipe is below:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 F and grease cup cups or line with paper.
2.  Stir together in 1 bowl 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour, ½ c brown sugar, ¼ c white sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp salt
3.  In a separate bowl, beat together 1 c pumpkin puree (from can), 2 (preferably ripe) mashed bananas, 1/3 c vegetable oil, 1/3 c water
4.  Bake for 20-25 min until skewer comes out clean
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October 27, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Nick #thisyearinmusic - It can be hard to find vegan recipes. Well done here!

October 27, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Mellisa - Oh wow, what a flavorful recipe. It’s hard to find a lot of vegan muffin recipes.

October 27, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - Love the combination of pumpkin and bananas! Honestly, unless you have to tell people these are vegan, no one would have to know. I’d call them healthy instead. (Love your serving dish, too!)

October 27, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Patricia - Always love pumpkin and new recipes are always welcome! Thank you! I have saved to yumprint. Woot!

October 27, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Laurel Bill - Sounds like a great recipe – thanks for sharing!

October 27, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Laurel Bill - Sounds like a great recipe – I shared it on my Facebook page!

October 27, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Ryan LaBee - I have never had vegan muffins of any kind, but man these look phenomenal. thank you for posting and sharing your love for muffins! :)

October 27, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Carmen Perez (listen2mama) - Although I’m not big on vegan food, these muffins definitely look yummy. How do they taste? I’m curious.

October 27, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Shaney Vijendranath - That looks so yummmmmy!

October 27, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Melanie K. - Those look absolutely amazing! I will have to try this recipe because it is perfect for Fall.

October 27, 2014 - 7:26 pm

Isabella - These look amazing! I will definitely be making these this week! I love anything pumpkin flavored!!! Thanks for sharing!

October 27, 2014 - 7:37 pm

Nicole Keener - These look really great, sadly I am not a fun of Pumpkin.

October 27, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Erin - Oh YUM! I am a huge pumpkin fan and these look delicious.

October 27, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Kungphoo - I have changed up my diet allot.. this will be something to try.

October 27, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Kimberly Bergeron - I LOVE LOVE LOVE pumpkin! I will be trying this!

October 27, 2014 - 11:37 pm

Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) - I am a huge fan of pumpkin muffins. And I love this healthier version!

October 28, 2014 - 12:17 am

Stephanie - These sound interesting and yummy. I can’t wait to try them out.

October 28, 2014 - 1:39 am

Dov Shapira - I love to have corm muffin for breakfast

October 28, 2014 - 2:07 am

Veronica - These muffins sound super yummy. As always, love your pesentation

October 28, 2014 - 2:58 am

casavilorainteriors - I agree! I am vegan and have a hard time finding yummy foods sometimes

October 28, 2014 - 4:26 am

Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell - How yummy! I just may make these for Thanksgiving this year :)

October 28, 2014 - 4:26 am

Dawn @ Pin-n-Tell - How yummy! I just may make these for Thanksgiving this year :)

October 28, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Jen @ West Street Story - These look delicious! Thank you for sharing!

October 28, 2014 - 3:24 pm

fromthegardentable - Congratulations on your baby! I love all things pumpkin, so I must give these a try!

October 28, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Manu Kalia - This is a good choice for thanksgiving! Thank you for the share

October 28, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Manu Kalia - My kids would love this. He can’t wait for Halloween! Delicious!

October 28, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Eliz Frank - I love the cute little flags on top. I will try out this recipe for sure.

October 28, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Esther - Yummy! These look delicious and healthy!

November 17, 2014 - 7:51 pm

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