Pumpkin Banana Bread or Pumpkin Apple Bread?

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I couldn’t decide what kind of pumpkin bread to make. So I created recipes for Pumpkin Banana Bread and Pumpkin Apple Bread.

Can you guess which one we liked the best?

Pumpkin Banana Bread or Pumpkin Apple Bread

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Best Pumpkin Bread Recipes

When I joined this amazing group of bloggers for a recipe hop with “pumpkin” I knew I wanted to make bread. But that’s when the trouble started. Why? I wanted to make pumpkin bread but I could not decide which pumpkin bread recipe to create.

Within fifteen minutes I had come up with some pretty fun ideas such as Pumpkin Coconut Bread,  Pumpkin Cinnamon Blueberry Bread, and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bread.

I finally decided to create recipes for  Pumpkin Banana Bread and Pumpkin Apple Bread.

Why did I choose Pumpkin Banana Bread and Pumpkin Apple Bread? I knew my husband was going to be my official taster so I decided to tame down my ideas a bit. (Besides, he doesn’t like blueberries which seems impossible since they are likely my favorite food.)

If you think any of my other ideas are worth trying, let me know. I think they still sound interesting and might try to create some recipes.

Baking Pumpkin Bread in the Kitchen

I have another blog post coming out next week titled “Five Tips to Create Your Own Recipe”. If you have ever thought about creating your own recipe then you are going to want to read this post and I think you will be amazed that it isn’t that hard!

I started with my Pumpkin Muffin Recipe as a master recipe and started making adjustments from there.

Baked Pumpkin Banana Bread and Baked Pumpkin Apple Bread

I  heard a rumor there was a shortage of pumpkin and I did have to try a few grocery stores to find some. Of course, I probably should have made my own pumpkin puree from a fresh pumpkin but to be honest,  I didn’t have the time. If you can, then do it! But it’s not necessary.

Canned Pumpkin for Pumpkin Bread

This recipe makes one large loaf or two smaller loaves. I used my smaller loaf pans so I could make one Pumpkin Banana Bread and one Pumpkin Apple Bread. I can’t wait to tell you which one was liked the most.

The batter is really easy to make. I used coconut oil and Measure for Measure Gluten Free flour but you can pretty much use whatever type of flour you want. 

I added 3 small ripe bananas to one loaf.

Pumpkin Bread Dough

And two chopped Granny Smith apples to the other loaf.

Pumpkin Apple Bread

You can see the pans were fairly full.

Pumpkin Apple Bread

I wanted to add pumpkin seeds on top so make your own selection of what type of seeds you want to use. 

Pumpkin seed Toppings

These loaves look great even before they are cooked.

Don’t forget! If you use my recipe and want to try both flavors of pumpkin bread, make one recipe of batter and add three small bananas to one half of the batter and two chopped Granny Smith apples to the other half.

How to Make Pumpkin Bread

Yield: two loaves

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Baked Pumpkin Breads

This moist and delicious pumpkin banana bread is amazing! It has lots of pumpkin spice seasonings and a wonderful fresh banana flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 TBL baking powder
  • 1 TBL baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 29 oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 pumpkin seeds
  • 6 small ripe bananas, sliced

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. (You can line the pan with aluminum foil instead if you want.)

In one bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.

In another bowl mix eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, and vanilla.

Add liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix. Add bananas.

Add batter to two small/medium loaf pans or one large pan.

Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of each loaf.

Bake bread for 60 - 90 minutes until done. Test for doneness using a wooden skewer. Insert in the center of the loaf. If the skewer is dry, then the bread is done. Cool and enjoy.

Yield: two loaves

Pumpkin Apple Bread

Baking Pumpkin Bread in the Kitchen 1

This moist pumpkin apple bread is so delicious! It has lots of pumpkin spice seasonings and a wonderful fresh apple flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 TBL baking powder
  • 1 TBL baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 29 oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 pumpkin seeds
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small pieces

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. (You can line the pan with aluminum foil instead if you want.)

In one bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.

In another bowl mix eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, and
vanilla.

Add liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix. Add apples.

Add batter to two small/medium loaf pans or one large pan.

Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of each loaf.

Bake bread for 60 - 90 minutes until done. Test for doneness using a wooden skewer. Insert in the center of the loaf. If the skewer is dry, then the bread is done. Cool and enjoy.







I hope you enjoy this bread as much as we did. You can also wrap it tightly and store it in a Ziploc bag for up to four weeks.

Can you guess which one we liked the best? They were very close.

But the Pumpkin Banana Bread was our favorite.

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27 Comments

  1. I love pumpkin anything and everything. Also apples and bananas. I will defenetely make the recipe to try both.But I have question maybe you can help me out. I had found a pumpkin recipe similar to yours and the sugars ratio was about the same.It turned out to be too sweet for my taste and since bananas are usually sweet also is their any way I can use less sugar or will using less sugar efect the way the loaf will turn out.

  2. Recipes sound delicious but I am wondering instead of wheat flour could I use regular all purpose flour and couldI replace the coconut oil with reg. canola oil – same measurements? I know it wouldn’t be as healthy as your’s but that is what I usually use.
    Love you posts and ideas!

    1. Actually they aren’t! I got them at Home Goods (about three years ago) and paid $4.99 each. The bottom of the pan says “Provence”. I have googled it but can’t seem to find them anywhere. I don’t think they are still being made. Truth be told, the price tag is still on the bottom! Which makes no sense because I have used them so many times.
      Leslie

    2. Leslie told us where she got hers and gave us a link to a similar yet less expensive option. The ones at WS are $45 each, The Amazon ones are $18, with no rim around the bottom. Hope this helps.

  3. I’m absolutely excited to try both recipes. I will be using real pumpkins as I don’t have access to the canned ones. How do I make the pumpkin puree? Do i boil pumpkin first? What measurement do i use?
    Thanks in advance for responding

  4. Where did you get the beautiful Ceramic pans for the pumpkin apple bread. Would love to find them.
    Thank you
    Stephanie

  5. I can’t wait to try both recipes! I am curious about the coconut oil. Does it impart a cocunt taste to the bread?

    Thanks
    Rosa

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