Pumpkin Banana Bread

An overabundance of overripe bananas is never a bad thing.  We all know those little black bananas mean that in the near future, some sort of banana treat will be made.  Banana bread is always a safe bet, but this time of year I find myself wanting to make something with pumpkin as well.  What better way to combine the two than to make Pumpkin Banana Bread.   

This Pumpkin Banana Bread is very easy to make.  Made with part whole wheat flour and less sugar, it becomes a healthier option.  The bananas add natural sweetness, which along with the pumpkin, yield a moist and delicious bread.  It’s not quite banana bread and not quite pumpkin bread, but a delightful combination of the two.     

Pumpkin Banana Bread
Yields 3 small loaves

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 bananas, mashed
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 canola oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon brown sugar (for topping, optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (for topping, optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 3 small loaf pans with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the bananas, pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the banana-pumpkin mixture, and gently fold until combined.  
  5. If using, combine sugar and cinnamon for topping. 
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired.  Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Remove bread from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.   

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    1. Great ideal, pulling these two flavors together in bread. There is no doubt that these are very moist and delicious. I enjoy eating pumpkin bread as well as banana bread, so I could definitely go for a few slices of this-yum. Thanks for sharing.

    2. What a great combination! Would be really great to enjoy them with a pot of freshly brewed tea!

    3. I currently have overripe bananas as my house which were going to be made into bread tonight…I might have to add the pumpkin it looks fantastic together.

    4. I am truly going to learn to bake things like this, looks delicious.

    5. I may have to purposely let some of my bananas get too ripe so that I can make this. 🙂

    6. Very delicious recipe..I love how it looks too! Thanks for sharing it, and have a great night!

    7. Love this! Pumpkin and bananas together in a glorious bread – wonderful recipe!

    8. Sounds delicious! I’m glad that you used such delicious healthy ingredients….

    9. This quick bread combo sounds wonderful…especially with the brown sugar/cinnamon topping. YUM.

    10. I have not had pumpkin and banana combined together. This is something new to me. Am book marking this definitely. Thanks for buzzing me over at my blog too. Cheers, Jo

    11. This looks delightfully delicious! Love the combo of pumpkin and banana 🙂 I am going to make this tonight!!

    12. I LOVE banana bread and am always on a search for new recipes it! thanks for sharing! can’t wait to try this!!

    13. Great idea,I like it,is very interesting taste banana and pumpkin,thaks for you bread.
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    14. Matt @ FaveDiets says:

      This looks delicious! I would love if you shared it in my Fall Food Blog Hop. Enter it for a chance at a Top Chef cookbook!

    15. Hi, Alida!

      Nice recipes, dear!!!! I loved!

      Kisses from Brazil.