Pumpkin Banana Bread with a Chocolate Glaze

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I had a few bananas that need to be made into bread but was tired of the same ole recipe.  So, for this bread since it was just about to be pumpkin season, I thought why don’t I add pumpkin to my traditional batter and see how that turns out?

And that’s what I did!

This recipe made one large loaf and one smaller one to share with a friend.  You can see in the picture above the two sizes I got.  I’m sure you could use two medium size pans to get two of the same size or several small ones or even fill up the big one to the brim!

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Adding a chocolate glaze to the top of my bread was an after thought, but boy am I glad I did!  That bit of extra bitter sweetness is the perfect decadence that makes this bread really special!

That and I used my beautiful new Bavarian porcelain china to enjoy a slice of bread and a cup of tea.  Everything tastes better when it’s served on something pretty!

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

  • Author: JavaCupcake
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 loaves


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 50g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 50g heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease, flour and line with parchment paper one large 9x5in loaf pan. Prep a second, smaller pan (whatever you have on hand) the same way. This recipe makes enough for one large loaf with some leftover for a smaller as well.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat together for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the pumpkin puree and the mashed bananas until incorporated. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is mixed together.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Add this to the wet mixture in two parts mixing until just combined. Do not over mix!
  5. Pour about 2/3 of the batter into the large prepared pan or enough to fill leaving about 3/4in of the pan free. Pour the remaining in the smaller pan.
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean. If you underbake the bread will fall in the center. The smaller loaf will take less time, check after 20-30 minutes.
  7. Allow the breads to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Once cool, melt together the milk and the chocolate slowly in a microwave until smooth. (20 second increments and mix after each, it won’t take long)
  9. Pour the chocolate over the loaves and spread gently to the edges. You want most of the chocolate on the top, not the sides. Do not slice until the chocolate has set.

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138 thoughts on “Pumpkin Banana Bread with a Chocolate Glaze

  1. My least favorite used to be dry turkey breast, but that isn’t a problem any more since my brother started frying the turkey! Now every thing is a 10+!!

  2. My favorite thing to eat at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie, though this recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  3. It isn’t Thanksgiving without my mother’s stuffing, the classic with onion & celery! I am tasked with making it now, as she passed on in 1995. But her recipes live on & make family events so comforting!

  4. I like to mix all my whole plate together (mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, stuffing green bean casserole etc) and have a giant yummy plate.

  5. My favorite of the savory stuff is the Cornbread Dressing with gravy and jellied cranberry sauce! Thanks for the chance to win. Oh, the sweet part is the pecan pie or chocolate cream pie.

  6. My favorite would have to be my moms Stuffing….. she puts fried up pieces of liver and mushrooms into it! That and the Green Bean casserole of course!. NOM! so good…… This year, for only the 2nd year ever, (first year away was in 2006 when I lived in Boise for a minute.) I’m not spending it with my family. Going to my boyfriends family dinner. I’m hesitant….. but am sure it will be fun and delicious! I’ve been trying to figure out what to bring- and with the Chocolate Glaze this might be the winner. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  7. I have two favorites- corn bread casserole and sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and corn flakes! 16 more days until we meet again, can’t wait!

  8. My favorite dishes at Thanksgiving are homemade noodles and sweet potato casserole. I don’t know that I can pick between those two!

  9. I love cranberry sauce, whether homemade or just from a can. Sometimes I’m the only one at the table who eats more than a bite or two of cranberry, I love it!

  10. That bread looks delicious! Banana bread has always been my favorite and the fact that you added pumpkin is amazing! Yum!! I always look forward to eating stuffing each year. It has always been my favorite!

  11. Stuffing is my favorite. I think this is the only time of year that I eat it!

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  12. Having celiac, we’ve really dialed in our holiday meals. I’m not sure if I love the stuffing more or if it’s the pumpkin cheesecake!

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