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Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  There’s something so cozy and comfortable about Fall.  I love when the weather cools down and the leaves change colors.  My family and I enjoy picking out pumpkins, playing in leaves, and preparing for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  But my favorite thing about Fall is enjoying all the pumpkin spiced goodies!

I absolutely hate cooking, but I LOVE to bake.  And for me, fall is the start of my baking season.  Each week I bake cookies, muffins, breads, etc.  Everything is so delicious and our waistlines sometimes hate me for it!


Baking always brings back fond memories of cooking with my little sister when we were younger.  We used to experiment with different recipes and substitute ingredients.  We weren’t very good and had many fails, but we made some great memories.  I think that’s why I enjoy it so much.

The only thing about baking these days is the difficulty my 4 yo gives me.  He is such a picky eater!  I have to keep him in mind when I bake now.  I always ask myself:  Will he eat this?  What will he think of this taste?  What fruit/veggie can I sneak into this recipe without him knowing?

Recently I baked pumpkin spiced muffins using pumpkin puree.  I put it in front of my son and he freaked out.  He didn’t want to try them, and when he finally did, he said they were “dis gus tin!”  I couldn’t believe it!  How could he not love pumpkin spiced muffins?!

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I went back to the kitchen and started experimenting and substituting like I did when I was younger.  I came up with this recipe and my 4 yo said they were the best muffins I’ve ever made.  He’s only 4, but I’ll take it!!

So, here’s my recipe for Pumpkin Spiced Muffins (which is kid-approved).  Try them out and then leave a comment below letting me know how you liked them!  And pass this recipe on to any other moms with picky eaters!!

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Pumpkin Spiced Muffins

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  • 1/2 cup butter (grated)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt



  1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Grease a muffin tin, or use muffin cups.
  2.  Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl
  3.  Add mashed banana and beat until fluffy
  4.  Add vanilla and applesause
  5.  Gradually mix in dry ingredients
  6.  Pour mix into greased muffin tin.
  7.  Bake for ≈20 minutes.  Test with a toothpick if muffins are cooked.  Add more time if needed.
  8.  While the muffins are still warm, I butter the tops and sprinkle a little sugar and pumpkin spice on each.
  9.  Enjoy!!


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