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Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Banana Crumble Muffins

on 10/10/2011

Here’s a two-fer for ya.  Not sure why i wait till fall time to pull out this pumpkin muffin recipe but it is the quintessential fall breakfast sweetie.  You know they’re good when your youngest child is eating one (still warm from the oven), continually saying things like “Holy Cow!” and telling you you can’t die until you’ve taught her how to cook like you.  Here’s your lesson, kiddo.  These are easy as pie…or muffins.

The banana muffins were new to us but had SUCH an incredibly high rating at ( http://allrecipes.com/) that they were a must try (that, and the fact that i had some bananas that needed to be used.  Does anyone else have the same problem?  My family will either scarf down a large bunch of bananas in less than two days or they’ll be sitting there, gathering age spots faster than Joan Rivers can have hers removed.  We rarely hit that banana “sweet spot”, so to speak.  That’s okay–life gave us bananas, so now we have muffins!)

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

1 box Spice cake mix (Butter Pecan works also)

1–30 oz can Pumpkin puree

1–3.4 oz box vanilla pudding

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbs sour cream

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup brown sugar

Mix cake mix, pumpkin, pudding and vanilla.  Add sour cream, eggs, oil and spice.

Scoop into lined or greased muffin tins and sprinkle with brown sugar.  Place muffin tin on a stone or cookie sheet and bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes  or until toothpick comes out clean.

Banana Crumb Muffin 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 bananas, mashed

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease muffin cups, or use cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

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