This Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread is a fluffy and delicious banana bread recipe made without dairy or refined sugar. It is a quick and easy, one bowl recipe and the perfect way to use up pumpkin puree and ripe bananas!

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread sliced on a table.

I have been on a pumpkin roll! From pumpkin cookies to pumpkin hummus to pumpkin white Russians to pumpkin cake, I can not get enough. This pumpkin banana bread is one of my favorite reasons to buy pumpkin puree this time of year. It is perfectly spiced, soft, moist, and yummy for breakfast, snacking or dessert.

Plus, you would never know that it was a healthier recipe. It is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and and banana. It is also made with olive oil instead of butter.

Table of Contents

Stacked slices of pumpkin banana bread.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • It is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and bananas. This recipe does not use refined white sugar or brown sugar like many banana breads call for.
  • This recipe is dairy-free and made without butter or milk. Instead, I used olive oil, which is a heart healthy oil.
  • You can easily make this recipe gluten-free, by using gluten-free flour.
  • It is a one bowl recipe where the batter is made in one bowl, which makes for an easier clean up.
  • Using canned pumpkin puree adds vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and antioxidants to the recipe.
  • It is toddler approved and always a crowd pleaser.

Recipe ingredients

Ingredients needed to make healthy pumpkin banana bread.
  • All purpose flour– unbleached all purpose flour is what I used here.
  • Baking soda– this gives the recipe a lift.
  • Nutmeg– ground nutmeg adds great Fall flavor to the banana bread.
  • Salt– sea salt, Himalayan salt, or kosher salt work in this recupe.
  • Cinnamon– Ceylon cinnamon gives it a great flavor.
  • Eggs– help add structure to the bread.
  • Banana– the more ripe the better!
  • Pumpkin puree– you can use canned pumpkin puree or freshly made pumpkin puree.
  • Olive oil– any good quality extra virgin olive oil works great here.
  • Maple syrup– make sure you are using pure maple syrup.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Additions/ Substitutions

  • Instead of all purpose flour, you can use gluten-free flour to make this recipe gluten-free.
  • Instead of nutmeg, you can add more cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
  • Instead of olive oil, you can use avocado oil.

How to make healthy pumpkin banana bread:

Pumpkin banana bread dry ingredients in a bowl.
Step 1

Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. This includes the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and cinnamon.

Pumpkin banana bread wet ingredients in a bowl.
Step 2

Step 2: Make a welt in the dry ingredients and then add the eggs, mashed banana, pumpkin puree, olive oil, and maple syrup into it.

Pumpkin banana bread batter in a bowl.
Step 3

Step 3: Mix until the pumpkin banana bread batter forms.

Pumpkin banana bread batter in a loaf tin before baking.
Step 4

Step 4: Pour the batter into a loaf tin.

Pumpkin banana bread in pan after baking.
Step 5

Step 5: Bake until golden.

Delicious mix-ins to try:

  • pumpkin pie spice
  • chocolate chips
  • walnuts
  • raisins
  • pecans
  • dried cranberries

If you like your pumpkin banana bread to have a topping, you could add pumpkin seeds and/or chia seeds to the top of the bread.

Recipe variations

Slice of banana pumpkin bread in hands.

Expert tips

  • Measure your flour correctly. Spoon the flour into your measuring cups then scrape a knife along the front to evenly level the flour.
  • Use fresh baking soda. This will ensure the banana bread rises as it should.
  • Don’t overbake the banana bread or it will be too dry.
  • Line your loaf tin with parchment paper. This ensures the banana bread won’t get stuck to the pan.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store this banana bread?

At room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in aluminum foil for about 3-4 days
In the fridge in an airtight container for 5-7 days.

Can you freeze it?

To freeze: let the pumpkin banana bread cool, then wrap it with aluminum foil. Put into a freezer friendly bag and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How do you turn this banana bread into muffins?

Increase the heat to 375 degrees F and bake for about 20 minutes.

Side angle of healthy pumpkin banana bread recipe.

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Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread sliced

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread (Dairy-free)

Dominique
This Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread is a fluffy and delicious banana bread recipe made without dairy or refined sugar. It is the perfect way to use pumpkin puree and ripe bananas!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 301 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana ( this was from 2 bananas for me)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 in × 5 in loaf pan and line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and cinnamon.
  • Make a well in the bowl and add the eggs, pumpkin puree, olive oil, mashed banana, and maple syrup. Mix with a fork until even consistency.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan and place on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until it comes out with a clean tooth pick.

Notes

    • To turn this banana bread into muffins, increase heat to 375 degrees F and bake for 20-25 minutes.
    • Instead of all purpose flour, you can use gluten-free flour to make this recipe gluten-free.
    • Instead of nutmeg, you can add more cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. You could also only add half the amount of nutmeg from the recipe and add in more cinnamon.
    • Instead of olive oil, you can use avocado oil.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 302mgPotassium: 214mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 4840IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
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