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Pumpkin Banana Bread Bars (Made in One Bowl!)

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These Pumpkin Banana Bread Bars are perfect if you love pumpkin and banana bread! Made with pumpkin puree, bananas, cinnamon and spice!

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These Pumpkin Banana Bread Bars tastes like banana bread (try my Gluten-Free Banana Bread) and pumpkin cake combined into one! Moist, filled with cinnamon and spice, and make the best Fall treat. These Pumpkin Banana Bars can be enjoyed for breakfast, dessert or a snack! Did I mention these bars are made in one bowl?!    

I’ve been on a pumpkin kick lately and can’t get enough! I’ve had a busy month making all kinds of pumpkin treats such as these Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin Pie Bars, Pumpkin French Toast, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins and finally these Pumpkin Banana Bread Bars! I think it’s safe to say all of my pumpkin cravings have been cured. 

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I prefer to bake these bars in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan as opposed to a loaf pan because the baking pan has a quicker baking time (almost by half) and I’d rather eat this Pumpkin Banana Bread in a bar form instead of slices. 

My 3 favorite Fall ingredients are used in this recipe: pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. There is so much pumpkin goodness in this recipe you will Fall in love with it- no pun intended πŸ˜‰

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OTHER ADDITIONS TO ADD TO PUMPKIN BANANA BREAD BARS

Chocolate chips: mini or regular chocolate chips would be a great addition if you love chocolate or want to add a bit more sweetness! Add as much or as little chocolate chips depending on your preference. Milk, dark or semi-chocolate chips would be best. 

Chopped nuts: the nuts give the bread a nice crunch and nuttiness flavor. You can add them to the batter or to the top of the bars before baking. Recommend nuts are chopped almonds, pecans and walnuts. 

Drizzled chocolate: drizzle melted chocolate on the Pumpkin Banana Bread Bars once the bread is baked for chocolatey goodness!

Banana Slices: add a banana slices to the top of the bars before baking to make these bars a little extra!

Icing: instead of using powdered sugar to top these bars, make a quick icing to drizzle on top. Use this quick and super easy icing from this recipe!dessert in baking dishPin

These Pumpkin Banana Bread Bars are so easy to make and made in ONE BOWL! That’s right! Cleanup is even easier and you don’t have to worry about using anything fancy, just a bowl wooden spoon, whisk and spatula. 

There are so many wonderful flavors in this bread it will be hard to go back to basic Banana Bread after this. The pumpkin puree makes this bread ultra moist and the cinnamon and pumpkin spice intensifies the flavor and takes this recipe to another level. 

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INGREDIENTS TO MAKE PUMPKIN BANANA BREAD

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Bananas
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Eggs
  • Powdered sugar

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN BANANA BREAD

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, mashed bananas, sugar, brown sugar, melted butter and eggs until combined. It’s ok if it looks slightly chunky because of the bananas.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Be sure to us a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and evenly spread the batter with a spoon or spatula.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the top of the bread feels firm. Let the bread cool for 15 minutes before slicing into bars. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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HOW TO STORE PUMPKIN BANANA BREAD

Since this bread has so much moisture from the pumpkin puree, it is best to store in a cool area for 2 days. Make sure they are stored at room temperature to keep them safe. 

After 2 days, wrap the bars with plastic wrap and you can store them for another 2-3 days in the refrigerator. If you want to heat them, simply place them in the microwave to get warm for a few seconds. 

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Pumpkin Banana Bread Bars

4.35 from 81 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, pumpkin, pumpkin bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 15 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 ripe bananas; mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter; melted
  • 3 whole eggs
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, mashed bananas, sugar, brown sugar, melted butter and eggs until combined. It's ok if it looks slightly chunky because of the bananas.
  • Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Be sure to us a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and evenly spread the batter with a spoon or spatula.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean and the top of the bread feels firm. Let the bread cool for 15 minutes before slicing into bars. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!
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52 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We added chopped nuts. The whole family loved this bread! It was so easy to make, and the perfect fall treat!

  2. 5 stars
    Your recipe is super easy to follow. Even though I am not a baker but I was able to make this easily. We loved it and definitely makiMy it again.

  3. 5 stars
    What a great idea to combine pumpkin and bananas! The bread looks so moist I would most likely eat the whole thing!

  4. Yum! Love that tis recipe is made in one bowl. My daughter loves to bake but the kitchen always looks like a tornado had gone through it. This might make it easier for me to clean up! Great that he puree makes the cake moist. Nothing worse than dry banana bread that’s for sure!

    1. Thank you! These bars are so moist so you don’t ever have to worry about dry banana bread that’s for sure. I hope your daughter has a chance to bake this recipe- especially since they are made in one bowl to make it extra easy πŸ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    This is the perfect recipe for using up those bananas but getting into the Fall season. I made these bars for my book club and the ladies loved them. Not only were they easy to make, tasted good the clean up was super easy.

  6. Oh yum! These sound so great, and I love that they are easy to make. We need as much easy as we can get right now haha. Thanks for the genius new recipe I’ve got to try!

  7. This recipe is a combination of my two favourite things – banana bread and pumpkin! My husband was JUST complaining about my absurd amount of frozen bananas, so now I’m totally going to make this! If I wasn’t already sold on the banana+pumpkin combo, the warm fall spices would have done it!

  8. 5 stars
    Pumpkin AND banana! Oh wow, that sounds SO delicious. What a flavor combo. I must make these pumpkin bars asap. Can’t wait to surprise my family with this delicious treat.

  9. I can’t wait to make these….like right now! I was wondering if I can use a 9Γ—13 sheet pan or if they need to be made in a 9Γ—13 cake pan. Not sure how thick they’ll be? I’d like to do the sheet pan to make them more like bars and I was thinking of a cream cheese frosting! Yummy!!!

    1. Hi Jane! These Pumpkin Banana Bread bars do rise a bit so be sure you have plenty of room on the sides of the sheet pan so they don’t spill over while baking. A cream cheese frosting sounds amazing and perfect on top of these bars! I hope you love them πŸ™‚

      Kathryn

  10. 5 stars
    This was great! I was looking for a recipe that I could use up pumpkin and ripe bananas, and I didn’t want a bread loaf. I only had a 8×11 pan, which worked, and I cooked it for 50 minutes, it was perfect. Super moist, def will make again!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Michelle, yes! You could easily make these bars into muffins. Be sure to reduce the baking time to 15-20 minutes since they will be baked in a muffin pan. I hope you love them! πŸ™‚

  11. 5 stars
    Great Recipe! Added mini chocolate chips and walnuts as suggested, baked in a silicone brownie tray for 30-35 min. Each came out in its own little loaf, fresh out of oven with butter was absolutely delicious! Dusting with PS and taking to work tomorrow for a treat. TY for sharing.