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Pumpkin Banana Bread with Honey Glaze

Banana bread lovers, listen up ...You'll flip for this Pumpkin Banana Bread with Honey Glaze!  It combines two great quick bread flavors into one tender and tasty loaf.  And when it's topped with honey glaze? ~ Oh, the fabulous flavor just can't be beat.

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Honey Glaze ~ combine two great quick bread flavors into one tender and tasty loaf!

Our 6-year-old Little Miss H. sure loves banana bread.  It's one of the things we bake together regularly since she loves it so much.  I swear, she avoids eating the bananas I buy just to let them get overripe on purpose ... knowing that overripe bananas on the counter = a chance to bake {and eat} banana bread!

Pretty soon she'll have the recipe memorized and be baking it on her own.

So when I came across a recipe for Pumpkin Banana Bread and shared it with Little Miss H., we just knew we had to try it.

I just adore how adventurous Miss H. is with trying food.  She loves to try new flavors and recipes, which makes it so fun to cook with her.  She was definitely on board with trying out this twist on her favorite.  No convincing on my part involved.

And let me tell you, this bread did not disappoint.

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Honey Glaze ~ combine two great quick bread flavors into one tender and tasty loaf!

In fact, it may just be our new favorite banana bread.

The flavor is predominantly pumpkin ... with a subtle banana taste, too.  But even more than I love the flavor, I love the texture.  This bread bakes up super soft and tender, which I adore.  It's one of those that just seems to wonderfully melt in your mouth.

A touch of extra sweetness is added by the gorgeous honey glaze drizzled over the top.  But if you prefer to go glazeless, the bread still tastes great without it, too.  We tried it both ways. 

If you like a little crunch in your quick breads, chopped pecans could be added no problem.  I'd say go with about 3/4 cup.

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Honey Glaze ~ combine two great quick bread flavors into one tender and tasty loaf!

So if you're looking for a new way to enjoy those overripe bananas ... or, if you're like us and just like to try out new flavor combinations, ... give this Pumpkin Banana Bread a try.  Little Miss H. and I wholeheartedly recommend it with four thumb's up.

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Honey Glaze ~ combine two great quick bread flavors into one tender and tasty loaf!
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Pumpkin Banana Bread with Honey Glaze
Source:  Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens: Fall Baking, 2015
(Printable recipe)
For 2 loaves:
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2/3 c. canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 1 (15 oz.) can 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 c. mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium-sized bananas)
  • 3 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
Glaze (optional):
  • 2 T. butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 c. confectioners' sugar
  • about 1 1/2 tsp. water
  • pinch ground cinnamon
  1. TO MAKE THE BREADS: In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger.
  3. Add flour mixture and water alternately to the sugar mixture, beating on low after each addition until just combined. Beat in pumpkin and mashed banana until just combined.
  4. Divide batter into two greased 9x5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350℉ 50 to 60 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool loaves in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. TO GLAZE (optional): In a bowl, beat softened butter and honey until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar and cinnamon, adding just enough water to make glaze a thick drizzling consistency. Drizzle evenly over bread with a spoon. Sprinkle with a couple tablespoons chopped pecans, if desired.

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  1. How lovely that you are creating kitchen memories with your little one - and what a wonderful recipe! I love the honey glaze on this beautiful bread too. If you have time, I would be thrilled if you would share this post with our Hearth and Soul link party, live on my blog now. It's the kind of thing we are all about - family, food, hearth and soul. Pinned and followed you on Pinterest.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this post with Hearth and Soul. I've featured it this week. Hope to 'see' you again at Hearth and Soul!

  2. Your Pumpkin Banana Bread looks fantastic! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

  3. This bread sounds amazing..I wish I had ripe bananas right now! The image of you and Miss H baking makes my day..xo

  4. I am making the bread now but you failed to list the temperature you bake it at.

    1. Thank you!! It's 350 degrees F ... I've updated the recipe to include it. Enjoy the bread!


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