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Pumpkin Banana Bread

Moist & soft pumpkin banana bread –  combined with sweet cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice for the ultimate Fall-inspired banana bread.

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Super Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

Trust me, if you love pumpkin, you NEED to try this pumpkin banana bread.

The recipe is packed with two whole cups of pumpkin and banana, adding unbelievable moisture and softness, without any added fat!

If you make just one pumpkin recipe this year, you won’t regret making this one. I’ve already made it five times and have no plans to stop any time soon. It is good for breakfast, snack, dessert, or anything in between… and it freezes well too!

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This is a great way to use up canned pumpkin and over-ripe bananas.

The recipe was inspired by two of my favorites: Flourless Banana Bread and the popular Carrot Cake Banana Bread.

Adding the extra cinnamon and pumpkin took it over the top in deliciousness, and this particular version is hands-down the best banana bread recipe on my entire website, at least in my opinion.

There’s actually a batch in my oven as I’m typing this post!

*2019 edit: Be sure to also try this Chocolate Banana Bread!

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Even the bowl of batter looks like a swirled work of art.

And tastes really good, too…

Plus, no eggs in the batter, so you can eat as much as you want.

(You can serve it either plain or topped with melted almond butter or coconut butter.)

Although I would never serve it this way, I love undercooking the vegan pumpkin banana bread on purpose and eating it so gooey it’s almost raw in the middle.

It sounds crazy but is ridiculously good.

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The pumpkin banana bread could not be easier to make:

Just combine all ingredients and stir to form a batter, then smooth it into a loaf pan.

Eat a copious amount of chocolate chips as you work, to make up for all of those calories you’re burning.

Then sit back and relax, and try not to peek before it’s done.

To cool the bread gradually so it doesn’t sink in the middle, I like to turn off the heat before opening the oven and leave it in for an extra ten minutes.

Leftover pumpkin? Try these super healthy Applesauce Muffins!

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

A moist and soft pumpkin banana bread recipe that's perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack.
4.82/5 (87)
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 – 16 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spelt, white, or oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp each: cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed overripe banana (360g)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (120g)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 2 tbsp any sweetener of choice OR 1/16 tsp uncut stevia
  • 1/3 cup oil OR milk of choice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Whisk all liquid ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour wet into dry and stir to form a batter. Smooth into the prepared pan. If desired, press some extra chocolate chips into the top. Bake on the center rack 30 minutes, then do not open the oven door but turn off the heat and leave in the closed oven for 10 additional minutes. Because ovens may vary, if it's still undercooked after this time then just turn the heat back on and cook–checking every 5 minutes–until firm. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate overnight. Taste and texture will be much better the second day (and even better the third day as it will get sweeter). Leftovers can be sliced and frozen if desired.
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Notes

The recipe was adapted from this Healthy Banana Bread Recipe.
 

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Published on November 7, 2016

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  1. Andrea Ives says

    How many days does this bread last? I’ve made it three or four times now and we always ate it within three days, but I was curious to see just how long it’ll last, especially un-refrigerated. I absolutely love this recipe and want to share it over the holidays, but I want to make sure it won’t go bad.
    Fantastic recipe, Katie! I love your chocolate zucchini bread, too! I’ve never actually made either with the chocolate chips, but I’m sure that would be even better! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jason Sanford says

      We’ve honestly never kept it around more than 4 days without freezing leftovers. It should last a similar amount of time as most banana bread recipes, I’d think, since it’s similar ingredients. Because bananas and pumpkin are perishable, we do like to keep it refrigerated, but we haven’t tried leaving it out more than a day or two.
      Jason

  2. Vesna says

    This recipe turned out perfectly. I folded some Enjoy Life brand chocolate chunks into the batter, because like you, I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much chocolate. I used coconut oil for the oil/milk component. This will MOST DEFINITELY be a repeat treat. Thank you for your amazing recipes. They never disappoint, and they’re always so easy and surprisingly healthy! (btw, my kids keep asking me to make the cookie pie over and over 🙂

  3. Malinda H says

    I finally made these today. I made them as muffins instead of bread. I used agave, coconut oil, white flour and Stevia. I also added 3/4 cup chocolate chips. I baked for 40 min @ 350°, with the 10 min wait-in-oven. They had almost a crust on the outside but so soft inside. They are amazing!

  4. MaKayla says

    I modified with whole wheat flour and made into muffins. These are incredible! Only cooked for 23 minutes. Another amazing recipe

  5. lydia says

    Best loaf recipe ever! I use half oat milk/half oil. Also half the amount of maple syrup and no sugar. I bake 3 loaves every two weeks. My daughter feels her day is not the same if it does not begin with this loaf!

  6. Lauren says

    Hi Katie,
    I was wondering if this recipe would “probably” work with 1/2 cup of molasses as the liquid sweetener? I’d add the additional sugar, too. I know you can’t say for sure unless you’ve tried it, but I wanted your opinion before trying it. Thanks!
    Lauren

  7. Marloes Crietee says

    It turned out very nice! Very nice texture, but I had to bake it another 15 minutes after the 30 min and 10 min rest in the oven. I used half oat/ half white flour and avocado oil, no milk. Next time I will double the ginger because I think it goes well with the pumpkin and the chocolate. Thanks again for the recipe!

  8. Jill Carlier says

    I was just reading your article again and I realized that your article states that there is two whole cans of pumpkin and this recipe, yet the recipe only called for half a cup. I’m so confused. I just took it out of the oven and I haven’t tried it yet, but I didn’t want to forget to post this comment.

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