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Yummy Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Pumpkin spice banana bread

Pumpkin spice banana bread

Pumpkin Spice Banana (With a Kick)

While I was trying to clean out my freezers, I happened to have three bags of homemade pureed pumpkin that needed to be used. The first things I thought of when I saw those bags of pumpkin yumminess were banana bread and cookies, but not just any plain old pumpkin banana bread and cookies . . . pumpkin spice!

Amp Up the Spice

Most recipes using pumpkin spice that you will find online suggest using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of spice, but how are you supposed to taste any of it amidst a couple of cups of flour and a cup of pumpkin? So I use 3 teaspoons in mine. Feel free to even add another if you really like to taste your spices. You may be worried about your kids and their more tender taste buds when considering using pumpkin spice, but just know that my kids (1 and 4 years old) wolfed down both loaves of this amazing banana bread before I hardly had a chance to enjoy it myself.

I'm so glad that I decided to make two loaves. I know the stomachs in this house and knew I wouldn't get any if I hadn't made two. Let me show you how easy this banana bread was to make so you can whip some up for yourself!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

1 loaf of bread

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line your loaf pan with some parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your ingredients one at a time. This time, I started with all of my wet ingredients. It really doesn't matter what order you mix everything in, as long as you get everything in the bowl. I find if I go in order, I don't miss anything.
  3. Finish off with your dry ingredients, and then your coconut oil.
  4. The walnuts mixed into the batter and sprinkled on top are totally optional. Some people don't like nuts in their banana bread, and some people couldn't imagine it without nuts. Your choice!
  5. Pour your batter into your prepared loaf pan and slide it into the oven.
  6. Bake for one hour, or until a knife slid into the middle comes out clean.

Photo Guide

Start with your two eggs.

Start with your two eggs.

Then add your pureed pumpkin. Mine was fresh from a real pumpkin, pureed, and stored in the freezer until I was ready to use it.

Then add your pureed pumpkin. Mine was fresh from a real pumpkin, pureed, and stored in the freezer until I was ready to use it.

Then add your mashed banana. It helps to mash them in a separate bowl first.

Then add your mashed banana. It helps to mash them in a separate bowl first.

Now add in all of your seasonings; vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin spice.

Now add in all of your seasonings; vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin spice.

Next add in your flour and sugar.

Next add in your flour and sugar.

Finally, mix in your melted coconut oil and mix everything until smooth.

Finally, mix in your melted coconut oil and mix everything until smooth.

Honestly it doesn't matter what order you mix everything in, or when you stir it. You can even mix after each ingredient if you wish. Just get it all in there.

Honestly it doesn't matter what order you mix everything in, or when you stir it. You can even mix after each ingredient if you wish. Just get it all in there.

If you wish, mix in half of your nuts, saving the rest for the topping.

If you wish, mix in half of your nuts, saving the rest for the topping.

Line a loaf pan with some parchment paper.

Line a loaf pan with some parchment paper.

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Pour your mixture into your prepared loaf pan.

Pour your mixture into your prepared loaf pan.

And top with your remaining nuts, if you so desire.

And top with your remaining nuts, if you so desire.

Bake for an hour. You see I chose to make two loaves at one time. Note: This recipe only gives you enough batter for one loaf. Double it if you want two.

Bake for an hour. You see I chose to make two loaves at one time. Note: This recipe only gives you enough batter for one loaf. Double it if you want two.

More Pumpkin Recipes and Tips

If you enjoyed this recipe, you'll also want to give my Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles a shot, and I would be remiss if I didn't also suggest my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Donuts. The last ones obviously aren't cookies, but they were so easy to make using my mini bundt pan and go well with every other dish in the fall and winter seasons.

Use Fresh Pumpkin Instead of Canned

One thing that's really special about all of my pumpkin dishes is that I use fresh pumpkins that we grow or buy in the fall season and bake up when the season is over. In fact, I really like going around and collecting pumpkins from all of my friends and neighbors that they are just going to throw away once December arrives. I end up collecting 50 or so pumpkins to cook, freeze, can, make into wonderful creations, and even dehydrate throughout the winter and into the new year.

Without the extra salt, sugar, and preservatives, this pumpkin is pure, very healthy for you, and delicious! It's not usually as dark orange as the canned variety, unless you get just the right kind of pumpkin, but it tastes even better, and most people just throw them away. This next fall season, I challenge you to give cooking your pumpkins a shot for some truly yummy pumpkin dishes.

Grow Your Own Pumpkins

Growing your own is a great hobby, as well. Your kids get to see the entire pumpkin life cycle throughout the spring, summer, and fall, can make jack o' lanterns with them, and can then cook them up into yummy dishes. What a fantastic lesson they provide, and then everyone gets to enjoy the reward at the end. Just one pumpkin vine can give you up to 20 pumpkins if you choose the right variety and take care of it. And we have always grown ours in pots in the backyard.

Even if all you do is buy some canned pumpkin and give this bread a shot, it's well worth it. Enjoy!

© 2019 Victoria Van Ness