Monday, November 5, 2012

Easy Pumpkin~Banana Muffins with Spiderman

Amidst days of a horrific storm, I did find sunshine in the sweet face of one of my favorite baking buddies...and baking we did.  Ari loves muffins; it's a treat his mama started getting him at the Co-op where they lived.  Pumpkin, zucchini, or banana was the usual choice, so Ari and I decided to combine two of these flavors into one to make a new variety for him to have.

We came up with an easy and quick way to have a morning muffin before his music class that is full of goodness. The trick to a moist, cake-like texture and giving the pumpkin flavor was using a box of Jell-o Pumpkin Pudding.  We found it at the grocery store when we were shopping and thought we'd give it a try.

Easy Pumpkin~Banana Muffins

2 bananas, mashed
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 box of Jell-o Pumpkin Pudding
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 cup King Arthur all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

4 T butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375F-degrees.   Brush muffin pan with melted butter.  We used his Jumbo muffin pan and this recipe made 6, but for a Regular muffin pan you will get 10-12.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using a paddle attachment, mix the first five ingredients well.  Then, add the dry ingredients and mix on low, just until combined.

Scoop into the prepared muffin pan and bake for 18-20 minutes for Jumbo and 15-18 for Regular.
The tops of the muffins should be firm to the touch.  Allow them to cool slightly and then, turn out out a rack to cool. 
 My little King enjoyed his muffin so much; he said, "These are the best ever, Mimi!"  Isn't that what we all want to hear. Enjoy!


  1. Ari is just adorable! I know it is fun baking with him. The muffins look so yummy.
    I am trying to get a good pic of my pretty you sent me so I can post it. The sun is finally shining here today .. so hopefully.

  2. These sound just about right for this morning! Glad you and Ari had a chance to bake together and get creative. I'm fully embracing this concept of adding pudding mix into scratch cakes. :) Plus, even more wonderful things to make with bananas!! Have a fun trip and safe travels back home. Lv, me

  3. oh your little helper! and those yummy muffins, i would like one right this minute. :)

  4. What an adorable helper! I think my Grand would like these muffins!
    Take care! hugs, Linda

  5. Spiderman looks like he is a great baker! Enjoy your special time with him! The muffins look wonderful! xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

  6. Glad you had such fun with Ari. My grands were up for baths and power--they're still without it in Stamford, CT, but projected to have it back by tomorrow night. We made your wonderful pumpkin cake doughnuts--I had pans for a dozen; made the rest of the dough into muffins with pecans added. Huge success; the kids all had a hand in the process and of course the eating.

  7. Susan, looks like you had a great time with your sweet spiderman!
    The muffins look very moist. Love the combo of pumpkin and banana.

  8. These look yummy as usual, Susan, and no fair, you have the perfect helper. ;) You with banana-pumpkin and me with many muffins, so little time. ;)

  9. I'm am going to print out this recipe and give it a try if I can find the jello pumpkin pudding. Ari is getting big and looks so sweet in the kitchen with you.
    stamping sue

    1. Didn't find pumpin pudding but did just find gingerbread pudding in the store the other day. I'm going to try this recipe with it .... I'll let you know how they come out.
      stamping sue

  10. LOVE the photos of your sweet little baker man, Ari. Handsome boy with a grandmother who is introducing him to the simple pleasures.

    Miss you,


  11. I had no idea there was pumpkin pudding! Sounds delicious... almost as sweet as the memories you got to make with Ari while baking these muffins.

    With Love and Ladybug Hugs,
    Kat <3

  12. Yum! What a nice fall treat–I bet they are nice and moist, with the pudding, banana and pumpkin in them!

  13. That is high praise indeed! They look wonderful!

  14. Oh Susan, he is so darling. He must fill your heart with so much love. The muffins look good! How unique too. I think that pumpkin jello is seasonal so better stock up if you want to make them year-round. Thanks for the recipe. Also, Susan, thanks for your visit and comment on my blog today, too! Susan

  15. Oh, what a sweetie in his Spiderman jammies!! The muffins look yummy. I'll definitely make some! I'm here via Lavender Dreams, but I also follow Linda @ A La Carte, and Susan from Writing Straight from the Heart!

  16. SHOOT - we should have came over for breakfast!