Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 60 mins

Total: 75 mins

Servings: 10 to 12 servings

Yield: 1 loaf

I’m a firm believer that pumpkin bread isn’t just for the fall season and this recipe proves it. Pumpkin banana bread combines the best of two snacking cake worlds: the sweet glory of banana bread and the quintessential warm spices we dream of during fall season. You normally find pumpkin puree and bananas as interchangeable ingredients in baked goods, and that’s because they function similarly, providing a rich texture and flavor.

Use Yogurt for Quick Bread Perfection

I love the addition of Greek yogurt in any quick bread or cake because it adds even more moisture for the ideal texture days after baking. Plus, the acidity reacts with the baking soda to give a fluffier, loftier crumb. You can easily swap in buttermilk or a mixture of milk and lemon juice for the yogurt in a pinch.

Oil > Butter (This Time)

Similarly, oil contributes to the moisture of the cake since it remains in liquid state at room temperature, whereas butter solidifies. Additionally, cakes tend to bake up taller with oil as butter can weigh down the batter. If the flavor of the olive oil is too intense for you, feel free to sub in a more neutral-tasting oil such as vegetable.

Serve It Up in Style

You can double this recipe for a larger pan or two loaves, adjusting the bake time as needed. If you want to add even more fall-forward sweetness, you can whip up a maple or cream cheese glaze to drizzle over the cake after it’s cooled to room temperature. I love to enjoy a slice with a dollop of yogurt and drizzle of honey. Or, you can keep it simple with a smear of salted (always salted) butter and a hot cup of coffee on the side.

“This pumpkin banana bread was delicious, with loads of pumpkin spice flavor and moisture from the pumpkin and mashed banana. The quick bread was an easy preparation and an excellent choice for fall and holiday baking. My loaf was perfectly baked in 60 minutes.” —Diana Rattray

Pumpkin Banana Bread

A Note From Our Recipe Tester


  • Cooking spray or butter, for greasing

  • 1 cup coarsely mashed very ripe bananas, from about 2 medium bananas

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups (255 grams) all purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans, walnuts, or pepitas, for garnish, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 F.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

  2. Lightly grease a 9-x 5-inch loaf pan, then line with a parchment paper sling, letting excess hang over the long sides for easy transfer after baking.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

  3. Whisk together the bananas, eggs, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Continue to whisk and gently mash the banana mixture until the batter is smooth and only a few small lumps remain.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

  4. Add the oil, yogurt, pumpkin puree, and vanilla to the bowl, whisking well until combined.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk into the wet ingredients just until you no longer see traces of flour. Use a silicone spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and fold the batter together a few more times to completely combine.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

  6. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, smoothing it into an even layer. Tap on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles. If you like you can top with nuts at this point (I use untoasted since they will brown as the cake bakes) or wait and sprinkle onto a glaze after baking.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

  7. Bake the loaf until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with only a few moist crumbs, 50 to 60 minutes.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

  8. Let the bread completely cool in the loaf pan, then use the parchment paper sling to remove the it from the pan. Top with a glaze (see options below) or serve with a scoop of yogurt, if desired.

    Pumpkin Banana Bread

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure your bananas are thoroughly mashed so your bread doesn’t have pockets of gumminess.
  • Don’t overmix the batter otherwise the bread can turn out dense. I like to whisk the flour just a little to ensure there are no clumps, then fold in the remaining dry ingredients with a spatula, making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • To avoid your bread coming out dry, take it out of the oven when your toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs. It may seem like it needs more time, but the bread will experience some carry over cooking while it cools.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use neutral oil such as vegetable oil if you find olive oil to have too strong of a taste. Alternatively you can substitute butter for the oil using a 1 to 1 ratio.
  • You can easily swap in granulated sugar or coconut sugar in place of the brown sugar.
  • Fold in chocolate chips or dried fruit for some pops of fun.
  • You can turn this loaf into muffins by greasing a standard 12 cup muffin tin, filling the cups 2/3 full with batter, and baking for about 20 minutes in a 350 F oven.
  • Top it off:
  • Maple glaze: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Cream cheese glaze
  • Coffee glaze: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons brewed coffee or espresso
  • Whipped cream
  • Salted caramel

How to Store

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 178mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 174mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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