This pumpkin banana bread proves that basic banana bread really can be improved. The aromas and tastes mingle to create an unforgettable combination!
Very few types of food are as versatile as a sweet quick bread. You can literally enjoy it any time of day. Serve it for brunch with some chocolate chip oatmeal muffins. Or enjoy a slice as a dessert with some homemade ice cream. Or just eat it when you are feeling snacky!
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If you have extra cans of pumpkin puree in your pantry, this is a wonderful way to use them up! In fact, you might want to buy more, cause these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are just as delicious!
This bread only uses a few whole ingredients. Use up that extra pumpkin puree and your overripe bananas and make a bread everyone will gobble up!
How To Make Pumpkin Banana Bread
This recipe is easy enough for beginning bakers! It’s not a yeast bread, it’s a quick bread. So all you have to do is mix all the ingredients and bake it in the loaf pan.
Kitchen Tools Needed:
- Pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
- Vanilla Extract
- Brown Sugar
- Baking soda + powder
- Chocolate chips (and lots of it!)
So gather up your ingredients, because I’m here to teach you how to make it! Let’s go!
Easy Pumpkin Banana Bread Tips
Making Pumpkin Banana Bread is not hard whatsoever. On the contrary, all it takes is lots of mixing and a dash of love – I mean, love is what makes every meal and dessert delicious, isn’t it?!
Mash The Banana Completely
When you make your Pumpkin Banana Bread, be sure you mash the banana thoroughly. It shouldn’t be hard since the recipe calls for a very ripe banana. I used a potato masher to achieve the perfect consistency.
Do Not Use Pumpkin Pie Filling
As I listed in the ingredients above, be sure you are purchasing pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. You can’t substitute one for the other or else it will throw your entire recipe off.
Add As Many Chocolate Chips As You Want
As for the chocolate chips, just go for it! You can use as much or as little as you please.
Before you know it, you’ll have Pumpkin Banana Bread. This recipe is one for the books, I tell ya!
Freeze Pumpkin Banana Bread
Freezing sweet bread helps it last longer. You can even make this ahead of time and then reheat it right before a big party.
To freeze it, just take it out of the loaf pan and wrap it up completely in aluminum foil. Then, place it in a plastic freezer-safe food storage bag. The bread will last about 6 months in the freezer.
How To Ripen Bananas Faster
I love this little trick! If your banana isn’t ripe enough yet, just place it in a brown paper bag and close it up. Within a day or so it will be ready to be made into bread.
Sprinkle With Pumpkin Pie Spice
You can just serve it like it is. Or, if you want to make it extra, then sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice on top! It really enhances the pumpkin flavor in the bread.
What are some of your favorite pumpkin-infused recipes?
Pumpkin Banana Bread
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Loaf Pan
- Generously coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, use a potato masher to mash banana. Add eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla and butter and mix.
- Once all wet ingredients are well-combined, add flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
- Once the batter has formed, fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into coated loaf pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!
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