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Banana and pumpkin spice are a wonderful combo. The warm fall flavors of the spice complement the fruitiness perfectly and work really well in this breakfast pumpkin spice banana bread loaf. The bread is very light, not very sweet at all and full of comforting flavors.
How to make pumpkin spice banana bread:
The preparation of this banana bread is very straightforward, you start by whisking your dry ingredients together: 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1.5 teaspoons pumpkin spice and a pinch of salt.
Next, you beat 5 tablespoons of softened, unsalted butter and 1/2 cup light brown sugar together until creamy, then beat in 2 eggs, your dry ingredients, 2 mashed up ripe bananas and 1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice (walnuts, pecans or almonds all work great in this recipe).
You fill the batter into a loaf pan and bake it for 45 to 55 minutes.
How to serve pumpkin spice banana bread:
I recommend to slice the bread and toast the individual slices before serving them with a bit of butter. I find that makes for a great start into the day.
Can banana bread be frozen?
Yes, this banana bread freezes very well, just transfer it into a ziplock bag, seal and put in the freezer.
Does banana bread need to be refrigerated?
If you eat the bread within a day or two, you can leave it out on the counter on a plate covered with plastic wrap. I you want to keep the bread longer than that, I do recommend that you keep it refrigerated in a ziplock bag or other airtight container. Toast the individual slices before serving.
Can this banana bread recipe be used to make banana muffins?
Yes! This recipe makes 12 delicious banana muffins. If you only have one 6-cavity muffin pan, simply cut the recipe in half.
I recommend that you line the muffin pan(s) with liners, then fill each one about 3/4 full. The muffins need to bake for about 25 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
For extra visual appeal, you can reserve half of the nuts and sprinkle them on top of the muffin batter, rather than mixing them all into the batter.
More fall breakfast ideas:
Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread
- 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1.5 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- pinch of salt
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed up with a fork
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds)
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a 9–inch by 5–inch by 3–inch loaf pan. Set aside.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy.
- Beat in the eggs.
- Beat in the dry ingredients.
- Beat in the bananas.
- Beat in the nuts.
- Fill the batter into the pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
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