If you’re looking to add a little flavour twist to your next baking project, then I’ve got the recipe for you: Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Banana Bread.
This recipe takes the best things about banana bread (banana flavour) and pumpkin bread (the spices) and mixes them together to give you this delicious pumpkin banana bread that you will want to make over and over again. Not just during the fall, but all year.
I had been working on my vegan gluten free pumpkin banana bread recipe since last year. I made it once and liked it, but wanted to make it once more to be sure the recipe was perfect (I make all of my recipes multiple times, just to be 100% sure they work before sharing them with you!). I then got distracted with another fall recipe (these vegan gluten free apple cinnamon waffles!) and the holiday season quickly rolled in and I moved on to holiday recipes.
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Then, a few weeks ago, I received an email from a reader asking if I had any recipes that included both pumpkin and banana and I remembered I had been working on this, so I went back to it. Thanks for the reminder, Nicole!
So, are you wondering?
What does pumpkin banana bread taste like?
I wondered the first time I heard about it, too. Even though this pumpkin banana bread has a whole cup of pumpkin puree in it, there isn’t a whole lot of pumpkin flavour, but the distinct pumpkin spice flavour you’d get in regular pumpkin bread is very present. Because banana is such a dominant flavour, the bread does have a banana flavour.
So if I had to describe the taste, I would say it tastes like banana bread but with pumpkin spice flavour. Which may seem a little odd, but you have to trust me on this. It’s very good. So good, I’ve made it three times in the past few weeks!
When it comes to add-ins, you have several options. You can go with walnuts, like I did in the pictures you see here. You can also choose chocolate chips, raisins, or pumpkin seeds. Chopped pecans would also work well. Or, you don’t have to add anything in if you don’t want to. (My favourite version is the one with raisins!)
I hope you enjoy this little twist on banana bread and pumpkin bread, but if you prefer regular banana bread, try my Coconut Raisin Banana Bread and if you want regular pumpkin bread, try my Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. I’ve got you covered!
If you like this recipe, you may also like these:
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins
- Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread (Gluten Free)
- How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree
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How to Make Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Banana Bread
Can't decide between banana bread and pumpkin bread? Then make this Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Banana Bread which blends the flavours of both, perfectly.
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 6 tbsp water
- 2 cups gluten-free flour blend (I use Bob's Red Mill, see note below, all purpose flour can also be used as a replacement for the gluten free flour)
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup pureed very ripe bananas (approximately 3 small bananas)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, or raisins
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease a 5" x 9" (1.5 quart) loaf pan.
- Prepare your flax eggs by whisking together ground flax seeds and water. Set aside to thicken.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger together.
In a small bowl, mix the melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, pumpkin puree, pureed bananas, vanilla, and flax mixture together.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
Fold your add-in of choice (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, or raisins)
- Pour into greased loaf pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a tester comes out clean. See note.
- Baking times will vary slightly, depending on your oven and the type of bakeware you use. I use a glass loaf dish when making this recipe. Start checking around the 50 minute mark.
- If you make the gluten-free version of this recipe, it's important to know that different gluten-free flour blends use different ingredients and ratios, so results will can vary if you substitute. I have never used any other brand of flour to make this recipe (other than Bob's Red Mill), so please know that your results may not be the same as mine if ingredients are substituted.
- If you do not need to use gluten-free flour, all purpose flour works well, too.
- Make your own pumpkin puree instead of buying the canned stuff! Learn how to make homemade pumpkin puree here.