Friday, September 30, 2011

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips (Healthy)


This is some really good Pumpkin Banana Bread!  It is super moist, flavorful and quite healthy.  I made it with whole wheat pastry flour and it has some oats.  It also doesn’t have very much oil and is low in sugar. All that said, it is probably my favorite banana or pumpkin bread to date.  (I’ve made many different recipes before.)  Pumpkin Banana Bread 9-29-11

I took a number of recipes and adapted them but my main inspiration came from seeing Fallon’s Pumpkin Banana Bread she posted recently on her blog, Fallon’s Cucina.  Hers might be even more healthy as she used some egg whites, Stevia and spelt flour.

I am happy with how good this bread was and even more happy that it is good enough that my seven year old asked me if I’d make it again and it’s not even all gone yet (almost though!).  Of course, I added the chocolate chips just for the kids’ sake. ;)

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips (Healthy), by Katrina, Baking and Boys!

3/4 cup pureed banana (about 2 medium bananas)

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup canola oil

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1  3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly grated is best)

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9x5x2 inch bread pan with cooking spray.

Puree the bananas in a food processor (my favorite way, but mashing with a fork is fine, too).  Put the bananas, pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.  In another bowl, combine together all the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a spatula until well mixed.  Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with jut a few crumbs.  Let the bread cool for 10 minutes in the pan, the run a knife around the edges and turn the bread out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

DSCF7334 The bread was still just every so slightly warm when I first sliced it—couldn’t wait any longer.  It was delicious and still great the next day.  Have you made anything with pumpkin yet?  The time is now. ;)

This post has been added to Jeanette’s Whole Grain Recipe Roundup on her blog Jeanette’s Healthy Living.  Check out all the goodness!

This post has been added to Katherine Martinelli's Friday Shout Out Pumpkin Blog Hop.  Check out all the other pumpkin goodness, too!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

That is a great looking banana bread! Love the addition of chocolate in there.

Baking Ribbons said...

It says a lot if this is your favorite! I'll bet splenda would work ok in this too! I have lots of bananas and leftover pumpkin so I might try this soon!

Curt said...

You're right. This really does sound good. I would add the chocolate chips too. But for myself!

Fallon said...

Chocolate chips.. what a great idea!!! Looks really good and moist. Mine went very quickly as well!

Carrie B said...

I just happen to have some old bananas and a stock pile of canned pumpking (fall baking obsessed!).... i need to make this today... I'm loving the combo of banana and pumpkin

Chelle B said...

This bread looks so delicious. The chocolate chips are a must. This will be a great way to use up my ripe bananas and pumpkin.

Flourchild said...

This looks really good! Nothing better then Banana bread with Chocolate chips on a cool fall day!

Jeanette said...

What a terrific healthy recipe for pumpkin bread using whole grains. Would love it if you added your recipe to my whole grains recipe linkup

Unknown said...

Will be making this soon! Looks great!

Anonymous said...

I love that this only has 1/4 cup of oil. I cringe when I see how much oil is in some quick bread recipes! The pumpkin and banana combo sounds really good too!

Anonymous said...

You have just reminded me of how I love banana bread - but with the addition of pumpkin and choc chips - it really sounds amazing - can't wait to try this delicious snack :)

Chats the Comfy Cook said...

This looks like a cake to love. It has all those good things like chocolate, bananas and pumpkin. How delicious!

Natalie said...

love how healthy this is!! i've never tried a pumpkin banana combo!

Heather Davis said...

Great combination of flavours! Just love anything with pumpkin.

El said...

looks yummy. want to make it soon.

El said...

fabulous. gonna make it thiweekend.

Katherine Martinelli said...

I love pumpkin bread. I love banana bread. Pumpkin-banana bread is kind of blowing my mind right now! Thanks so much for adding this recipe to my blog hop!!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh, this looks good. It would be wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper