Banana-Pumpkin Blender Muffins

I know there are A TON of pumpkin muffin recipes out there, but I’m telling you, no joke, these are the best healthy muffins I have ever made! Shouting from the rooftops about my Banana-Pumpkin Blender Muffins is totally worth sounding like a crazy lady. Haha. The muffins are nut-free, dairy-free, and if you use gluten-free oats, gluten-free as well. You throw all the ingredients into a blender so they are super easy to make, especially if you have little helpers with you in the kitchen. Banana adds natural sweetness so only a little maple syrup is needed to make this recipe perfectly sweet without much added sugar. If you make them, I’d love to know!!

Have some fun with the top! Banana-Pumpkin Blender Muffins are easy to customize for the whole family. My kids love a few mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top and I love some added crunch from chopped walnuts. They are great without any added topping too. Kids and adults will love them for breakfast, as a snack, or as a little treat any time of day.

Can I freeze Banana-Pumpkin Blender Muffins?

Yes! These muffins are a great thing to have in your freezer for a quick snack or nutritious addition to a lunch box. Individually wrap each muffin in some plastic wrap for best results or place in freezer-safe bags for up to a month. Defrost at room temperature for an hour or place, unwrapped, in a microwave for 30 seconds for a warm and fresh tasting muffin.

Kids in the Kitchen:

Kids can:

  • place paper liners in muffin tin
  • peel the bananas
  • add the ingredients to the blender
  • help push the blender buttons (make sure to place the top on securely first)
  • scoop or pour muffin batter into the tin
  • place the toppings on, if using

Tip: if making muffins with younger toddlers or more active, impatient children, make sure to measure all the ingredients before inviting the child to help. That way the cooking process will go quicker and you’ll be more likely to measuring the ingredients accurately. Also, if you do not want your child handling raw eggs, crack them into a small bowl before you start and your child can get the important task of adding them to the blender.

Favorite kitchen tools for making muffins:

Here are some things that I use every time I make muffins:
Unbleached paper muffin liners (Love these because they are non-stick!)
Large and small portion/cookie scoops (Get a set of three! Can be used for so many things beyond muffins too.)
A great muffin tin (You probably already have one, but here is one just in case.)

  • No pumpkin-pie spice or just want to make your own? Linked an easy recipe for you HERE. You can also just use cinnamon in this recipe or a combo of cinnamon, a little nutmeg, and a pinch of ground ginger.

Banana-Pumpkin Blender Muffins

Heather
Healthy, easy muffins perfect for making with little helpers.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Muffin tin

Ingredients
  

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup flavorless oil avocado or vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or see sub in post
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 2 1/3 cups rolled oats gluten-free if desired
  • 1/4 cup optional toppings such as mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order they are listed above. Blend until oats are finely ground and all ingredients are well incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of the blender one time and blend again for a few seconds to make sure all ingredients are mixed into the batter.
  • Fill prepared muffin tin with the batter using a scoop or a large spoon. Fill each muffin cup almost to the top. These muffins will rise a little then fall back down after baked. Top with any additional toppings as desired.
  • Bake until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack. Cool completely then enjoy.
Keyword banana muffins, cooking with kids, gluten free muffins, healthy muffins, healthy snack, pumpkin muffins

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35 Comments

  1. Heather on October 23, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    5 stars
    The best muffins!



  2. Kelly on January 18, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    5 stars
    Turning these in to donuts again!! They’re soooo good!!



  3. KWu on February 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    5 stars
    These are brilliant! I love that making it in the blender reduces the mess with my 2.5 yr old. They are only slightly sweet and with oats instead of flour, I feel good about serving these for breakfast. Plus I’m dairy free right now for the baby so it’s ok for me to sample some too. I subbed oat flour I found in my pantry the second time we made these. About 220g since that’s what I weighed the amount of oats to be. Batter was a lot runnier but final result was fine. Going to try using a pancake batter squeeze bottle next time to reduce mess going into the muffin tin and maybe using raisins as a topping.



  4. Kim on May 20, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    5 stars
    Healthy, easy and fun to make with littles, and toddler approved. Thank you!



  5. Hilary on August 16, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    5 stars
    These were a hit! I made them into mini muffins for my toddler, and it made about 45 of them. Perfect for freezing and pulling out for breakfast. I think you could easily halve the recipe as well. These were my first blender muffins (and first time on your site!) and I loved making them this way- it was really easy for my toddler to help and even easier clean up.



    • Heather on August 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Hi! Thank you so much for taking a time to write a review. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the recipe and that your little one was able to help.



    • Paige on April 14, 2022 at 9:58 am

      How long did you bake the mini muffins for?



      • Heather on April 27, 2022 at 12:46 pm

        Mini muffins usually take 10 to 12 minutes to bake.



  6. Cherie on September 25, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    5 stars
    These are delicious! My 3 year old helped me make them into donuts. It was a fun activity to do together and now we’re all enjoying them.



    • Heather on September 27, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Cherie, I’m so glad you guys enjoyed making the recipe together. Thank you so much for leaving a review. 🙂 Heather



  7. Stacy on October 1, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    5 stars
    My kids and I loved these Banana Pumpkin Muffins! Quick, easy, and good for you ingredients. Thanks for the great recipe……one of the best I have tried out of many!



    • Heather on October 2, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Hi Stacy! I’m so glad you all enjoyed the recipe. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. 🙂 Heather



  8. Laura on November 2, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    These ate currently baking in my oven and I can’t wait to try them! Do they need to be stored in the fridge?



    • Heather on November 2, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Yay! Hope you enjoy! They are good for a day or two at room temp but I would refrigerate them after that. 🙂 Heather



  9. Nathalie Kleiner on November 5, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Hello,
    If we don’t like bananas can we substitute them with another fruit? maybe applesauce?



    • Heather on November 6, 2020 at 1:52 am

      Hi! Yes applesauce should work or you can use more pumpkin puree. Those aren’t as sweet as banana so you may want to add a little more maple syrup or honey as well.
      Let me know if you try it and how it works out! 🙂 Heather



      • Nathalie on November 9, 2020 at 2:38 am

        5 stars
        Hello! We did it with unsweetened applesauce. They turned out great. We did it in a new mini doughnuts/cake mold that we got. They look so cute. We put some powdered sugar + cinnamon on top . Everyone loved them. Thank you



        • Heather on November 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm

          So glad it worked out and you all enjoyed the muffins. Thank so much for taking the time to let me know! 🙂 Heather



  10. Jen Evans on November 12, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    5 stars
    These muffins are so easy and so delicious! They have a wonderful dense, moist texture and are perfectly lightly sweetened. The only change I made was an extra banana because I only had about 1/2 cup of pumpkin, they came out great! Thanks for another great recipe!



    • Heather on November 13, 2020 at 1:51 am

      Hi Jen! So glad you guys enjoyed the muffins! Thank you so so much for taking the time to leave a review. xo Heather



    • Cat on September 14, 2022 at 9:10 pm

      5 stars
      These are so easy and delicious! The bananas add the perfect amount of sweetness.



      • Heather on September 18, 2022 at 3:55 pm

        Hi! So glad you enjoyed the muffins. 🙂 Heather



  11. Kimberly on December 10, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    5 stars
    These are on a steady breakfast rotation in our home! Toddler approved and easy to bake with minimal cleanup. I usually have enough batter to make 15 muffins from these directions—lucky us! Thank you, Heather!



    • Heather on December 11, 2020 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Kimberly! Thats so awesome to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! 🙂 Heather



  12. jo on December 25, 2020 at 7:41 am

    hi the recipe states 1 tbsp baking powder, is that correct? i was worried its too much and wondering if its 1 tsp thank you



    • Heather on December 26, 2020 at 12:59 am

      Yes, that’s right, 1 tablespoon. This recipes doesn’t have flour, so it needs extra leavening agent to get a lighter texture. Let me know if you give the recipe a try! 🙂 Heather



  13. Nicole on November 9, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    5 stars
    These are so good!!!! Everyone, including my toddler, loved them! Crazy easy, perfect amount of sweetness, delicious!



    • Heather on November 10, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Hi Nicole, I’m so glad you all enjoyed the muffin recipe. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! 🙂 Heather



  14. Mia Jusino on November 30, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Hi, can you use regular flour instead of oat?



    • Heather on December 1, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      No, regular flour will not work.



      • Mia Jusino on December 1, 2021 at 2:17 pm

        I did some trial and error last night and it turns out regular flour does work to make a great little muffin still! You just have to add in a little bit of baking soda and it rises just fine with all of the same ingredients:)! My twins love this recipe!



        • Heather on December 2, 2021 at 1:50 pm

          Oh nice. Glad you made it work. Do you know how much flour you ended up using?



  15. Julie on December 12, 2021 at 10:35 am

    4 stars
    HI there, these had a nice taste but my texture turned out a bit too moist/eggy. I found I had to cook them a bit longer too. Do you think they would work with fewer eggs? Or flax eggs?



    • Heather on December 16, 2021 at 9:22 am

      Hi Julie, I haven’t tried making them with less egg. Since there’s no flour in these muffins the eggs are the structure. They won’t have the same texture as traditional muffins. Also, the size of the bananas you used or the slight variations in size of eggs could contribute to the moisture in the muffins. Glad you tried the recipe and let me know if you make any modifications next time. 🙂 Heather



  16. Laura on June 26, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    We enjoyed them! Macros – 1 muffin – 183 cals… 22.9G carbs 9.2 G fat 4.6 G protein. 2.8 g fiber