By Maddie Ashley
As summer comes to an end and fall starts to set in, who does not love to wear sweaters and drink pumpkin spice lattes? Baking fall treats like pumpkin muffins and banana bread is a great way to get in the fall mood.
Pumpkin muffins are quick and delicious. Allrecipes.com has a great chocolate chip pumpkin muffin recipe that only takes 30 minutes. First, preheat the oven to 400ºF and grease the muffin pan. Start out by mixing three-fourths cups of pure cane sugar, one-fourth cup vegetable oil, and two eggs. Then add three-fourths cup of canned pumpkin and one-fourth cup of water and mix. In a separate bowl, mix 1 one-half cups flour, three-fourths teaspoon of baking powder, one-half teaspoon of baking soda, one-fourth teaspoon of ground cloves, one-half teaspoon of ground cinnamon, one-fourth teaspoon of salt, and one-fourth teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Then mix these all together until it is an even color and then add one-half cup of chocolate chips, pour the mix into the pan, and stick it in the oven for 20 minutes. When I was making these, I forgot to add baking powder, which I learned is extremely important in this recipe! After remaking the muffins, I think they turned out moist and delicious. Although, next time, I would switch the cane sugar to brown sugar and add more spices because they were a little bland.
Another great fall snack that is easy to take to-go is banana bread. If your bananas are too ripe to eat, you can use them to make banana bread. This recipe is also taken from allrecipes.com, which requires you to start by preheating the oven to 350ºF and greasing a 9-by-5 inch loaf pan. Mix two cups of flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, and one-fourth teaspoon of salt in a bowl and cream one-half cup of softened butter and three-fourths cup of brown sugar in another bowl. Then, stir in two eggs and 2.33 cups of mashed overripe bananas in the bowl with the eggs and brown sugar until it is all well blended. Combine the two bowls together, and place it in the oven for an hour. Next time I make this recipe, I would use fewer bananas because the inside was too soft while the outside was too hard. However, these on-the-go treats were delicious, fast, and easy to make and would be great to tide you over at break until your next meal.