Last week was a whirlwind. I drove to Chicago (only 2.5 hours away) and was in my first ever real photoshoot. All the anticipation, drinking water non-stop to help my complexion, cutting down on the carbs, trying to get to bed earlier, practicing my smile craziness is over! Hallelujah!
And how did I celebrate? I went to town at a fabulous restaurant in Chicago and stuffed my face.
This was, of course, also the same week I baked like five different desserts and other things for the blog and could only take small pieces and bites here and there .. but there was one baked treat I could not resist.
This Pumpkin Banana Bread.
Oh my gawd you guys. I could not stop eating this bread. Have you guys had Pumpkin Banana Bread before? Here I was thinking I was creating something new that no one had ever tried before. It’s been done before. I know. I’m just glad I discovered this and created my own recipe in time for Fall baking and the holidays.
Freaking amazing and so delicious.
Pumpkin is one of my favorite things for Fall and I love banana bread so why not combine the two?
So what if I ate half of this loaf myself and made another one to take to my family over the weekend? This bread is definitely going to be a Choi family favorite this Fall. . you guys have to try this.
I hope you enjoy!
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 4 to 5 large very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ heaping cup walnuts and pecans, coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease (or spray) your (8×4-inch) loaf pan and set aside.
- Using your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the bowl as needed. Add the pumpkin, bananas and vanilla extract and mix well at medium speed. In a separate medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and the ground cloves. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients over low speed until well combined. Add in the walnut/pecans and mix well.
- Pour the mixture evenly into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing from loaf pan and slicing.
Adapted from LandOLakes.com