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Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread (Paleo)

We all know Banana Bread is a classic, but by adding pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, it completely transforms the classic recipe into a delicious holiday treat! This Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread is soft, fluffy, and melts in your mouth. Great for anyone that is Paleo, gluten-free, or dairy-free.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 14 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 49 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Slices
Calories 210 kcal

Equipment

  • Whisk or Hand Mixer
  • 9x5x3 Bread Pan

Ingredients
  

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Mashed (Ripe) Banana
  • ½ Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Sugar or Lakanto Monkfruit

Dry Ingredients

  • 1+⅓ Cups Almond Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Spice
  • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt

Instructions
 

Making the batter

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl add almond flour, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Use a whisk or fork to blend together. (Make sure you get out all the flour clumps!)
  • In a separate bowl add mashed banana, pumpkin puree, vanilla, eggs, apple cider vinegar, and coconut sugar. Use a hand mixer or whisk to blend until fully combined.

Putting it all together

  • Next add the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Stir together until all of the flour is absorbed.
  • Grease your bread pan, and pour in your mixture. If you're going to add chocolate chips, you can sprinkle them on the top now!

Baking

  • Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes with a medium sized loaf pan. I used a 9x5 for this recipe.
  • Use a toothpick or fork to check! Stick the toothpick or fork into the center of the bread. If it comes out clean, you'll know it's done! The top should also be golden brown.
  • Once it's done cooking, remove it from the oven and let cool on a metal cooling rack for at least 30-60 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Helpful Baking Tips

  • To measure almond flour, scoop the flour with a spoon into the measuring cup. When you reach the top, take a knife and scrape off the excess flour.
  • To easily mash the bananas, you can use a fork, potato masher, or a hand mixer! If the bananas are very ripe, they should mash easily. I like to leave mine with some small chunks, but mostly pureed.
  • If the bananas aren't super ripe, peel them and add to a microwave safe bowl. Heat up for about 30 seconds to soften.
  • Grease the baking dish! I like using coconut oil, but any non-stick spray will work. I also like to cut out a piece of parchment paper that fits right at the bottom of the baking dish. This helps to pull the cake slices out without them breaking.
  • If you use parchment paper, let the bread cool for about 5 minutes. Then pull the bread out of the pan with the parchment paper and transfer to a cooling rack. (Remove parchment paper from bottom.)
  • It's best to let the bread cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting to help it set!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you swap the pumpkin puree for more mashed banana?
Yes! I have tested swapping pumpkin puree for mashed banana and it works perfectly! You can skip the pumpkin spice if you would like to make it more like a traditional Banana Bread recipe.
Can you make this recipe without added sugar?
I have not tested the original recipe without the added coconut sugar, but I’m sure it would be great! (If you like it less sweet.) I have tried swapping the pumpkin puree for more mashed banana and skipped the added sugar. The full cup of mashed banana was enough sweetness for me!
Can you make this recipe Vegan?
I have not tested with a flax egg or egg replacement. If you try it with a flax egg, it might need a little extra flour. I’ve noticed flax eggs make baked goods a little softer! Let me know in the comments if you try it out!

Nutrition

Serving: 1SliceCalories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 8gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 223mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 4gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 3269IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 2mg
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