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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread

I promise, this is the BEST banana bread recipe you will EVER try. That's a pretty confident claim, and if I wasn't so in love with this cake I'd never say/write it!

My husband and my daughter both love the banana bread from Starbucks, so I made it my mission in life to make a better version at home.

2. A manageable amount of fat, so I wouldn't feel guilty with each bite.
3. Easy ingredients I already had

You can either make this completely a banana bread or pumpkin bread by leaving out one or the other and substituting the difference. So either 3 cups banana or 3 cups pumpkin.

So here it goes! As the picture says....Have your cake and eat it too!

Makes 16 servings.

-2 eggs
-1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
-1/3 cup vegetable oil
-3 medium sized bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
-1 cup pumpkin puree
-2 tablespoons sour cream or Greek yogurt
-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

-1 2/3 cup flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice (or cinnamon)
-1/2 teaspoon salt

-1 cup walnuts
-1 cup chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spread walnuts on a baking sheet. Toast for 8-10 minutes, then chop roughly.
-Whisk sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, for about 10 minutes. Drizzle in oil as you continue whisking. Add bananas, pumpkin, sour cream and vanilla.
-In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice and salt. Stir dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Stir just until combined, do not overmix. Add toasted walnuts.
-Spray a bundt pan OR 2 loaf pans with cooking spray and spread mixture into pans. Bake for 44-50 minutes for bundt pan (baking time will be around 30-35 minutes for 2 loaf pans) or until center of cake is set.
-Slice and serve!


  1. I'm a little you add pumpkin AND banana? or do you choose which cake you're going for (banana or pumpkin) and ditch the other option??

  2. You can either put both pumpkin and banana or do either or.

    Like many of the other recipes, it's really flexible and you can alter it to go with your family's taste buds :)

    The first time I made it I did 2/3 banana and 1/3 pumpkin, and the next time I made it I did 1/2 banana and 1/2 pumpkin. Both times were great.

    A friend of mine recently made it just with banana and it also ended up quite tasty.

  3. 1 cup of pumpkin puree--> can you explain this process please?

  4. Pumpkin puree is readily available at all supermarkets in the canned goods aisle or the baking aisle.

    If you are adventurous, you can purchase a whole pumpkin, peel and chop it, boil the pieces until they are soft, and puree them in the food processor until the mixture is smooth...but that will take a while and the canned stuff is almost as good.

  5. I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!! My kids literally shove half the slice in their mouths with each bite haha! no changes!