Pumpkin and bananas aren't instantly thought of as the perfect flavor combo. But, this dense, rich Pumpkin Banana Bread will have you thinking twice. It's a really nice quick bread that doesn't have overpowering flavors from the fruit (or vegetable!).
I'm sad to type it, but it looks like this will be my last pumpkin recipe of the year...from here on out we seem to switch into total Christmas overload, right? Goodbye to pumpkins and hello to peppermint. (Secretly, I love the pumpkins more.) This quick bread would be perfect to whip up for Thanksgiving breakfast...especially if you have overnight guests. It's easy to nibble on while you're basting that bird. ;)
While bananas and pumpkins aren't likely buddies, in this recipe, they really seem to work together. Both of this ingredients keep this bread super moist...it's didn't even need a butter pat (which I'm guilty of smearing on slices of bread like this).
Pumpkin Banana Bread
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed (I mash mine in the skin and then spoon it out)
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350º. Spray two standard-sized loaf pans with non-stick baking spray (the kind that contains flour). Or you can grease and flour the pans the old-fashioned way. ;)
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Cream together pumpkin, eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, bananas and oil in large bowl with mixer. Beat until batter is lump-free. Gradually add in flour mixture until completely combined. Fold in chopped walnuts. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
Bake for one hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for ten minutes in pans and then on wire rack completely.
This bread is perfect for gifting, too. Grab my free printable food gift tags here.
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