Healthy Pumpkin Banana Mini Loaf

pumpkin loaf

Let’s be honest, this is probably the 28075390th post you’ve read in the past couple of weeks that’s exclaiming… IT’S FALL! And what does fall mean?! PUMPKIN TIME! Sorry guys, but we’re not going to pretend to be above the pumpkin craze (however you will not see us buying a PSL). We absolutely love the stuff, and just about any baked good that it finds its way in to. At the top of this love list is the famous pumpkin loaf. It’s just too good to pass up!

pumpkin banana loaf ingredients

BUT, why is it that pumpkin and 78 grams of sugar always seem to go hand in hand?! We want pumpkin people, not a straight injection of processed sugar that’s going to send us into a 3pm coma.

So, we did what any pumpkin loving couple who like to eat their baked yummies in the morning would do… We tweak and substituted with mostly natural sweetness, and found a recipe for a pumpkin loaf that not only gave us our pumpkin fix, but was also healthy enough to throw some almond butter on at 7am and call it a breakfast.

To cut down on the sugar in this pumpkin loaf, we added banana, which also adds a ton of moisture to the batter. We also used whole wheat flour, which packs way more fiber and protein than white flour.

pumpkin loaf

You can bake this recipe in a full loaf pan, but we LOVE these mini loaves we found at the store. They’re the perfect portion size for a grab and go snack or small meal. And they just look cute.

pumpkin loaf

While we used pumpkin seeds to top our pumpkin loaf, you can pretty much use any topping you’d like (or none at all!). Nuts and seeds add texture, and dried fruit adds a little extra sweetness. Throw them on before you bake, and they’ll add color and extra deliciousness.

pumpkin loaf

Regardless of how you enjoy this, we’re sure you’ll be loving the fact that it delivers full pumpkin satisfaction, while keeping your clean eating on track.

You’re welcome. Happy Fall!

Ingredients

1 Cup Pumpkin Puree

3 Mashed Bananas

2 Eggs

1 Stick Butter or Vegan Butter (melted)

1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Salt

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium sized bowl, combine pumpkin puree, mashed bananas, eggs, butter, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

4. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring until just smooth.

5. Pour mixture into mini loaf pan (or into a large loaf pan).

6. Bake in oven for 30 minutes (if using a mini loaf pan), or 50-60 minutes if using a full loaf pan. When a toothpick in the center comes out clean, it’s ready!

7. Let cool completely, then enjoy!

*Store any leftovers in the refrigerator to prevent the banana from going bad.

30 Comments

  • Konstantina

    September 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    This must be a delicious recipe!
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 20, 2017 at 12:30 am

      It’s super yummy!

  • Pauline

    September 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I have saved this for the future! 🙂 Looks so good and yummy! 🤤 And a plus – super healthy ingredients. Hahaha it’s pumpkin season for sho!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 20, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Yessss pumpkin season!! It’s so delicious, we hope you love it too!

  • Yara Mel

    September 19, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I loove cakes! Really need to get out of my lazy bubble and start baking more!
    Just bookmarked this 🙂

    http://www.desiringsme.com/fall-outfits-black-jeans/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 20, 2017 at 12:36 am

      Baking is so much fun! Especially when it cools down. And this recipe is so perfect for fall nesting haha. You’ll love it!

  • the adventurer

    September 20, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I make amazing banana bread (one of the only things i really know how to bake) but have been looking for ideas to change up the recipe….I think this is it! Perfect for fall and not to hard =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 20, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Ohhhhh banana bread! You should send us that recipe, we don’t have one yet! And this one is so yummy for fall, and super easy!

  • TOUCHOFGS

    September 21, 2017 at 2:05 am

    This looks SO good! And I can’t believe it’s healthy as well – win win!! Very excited to make this! x

    TOUCHOFGS

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 21, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Right?! It’s SO yummy, the perfect pumpkin fix!

  • Beatrice

    September 21, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Ahh muffins are cute but these mini loafs are cuter! 🙂 Fall and pumpkin flavors are everywhere and I don’t mind, haha, just wish I wasn’t on Whole30 so I could jump on the bandwagon and get baking! This looks like a perfect breakfast – definitely saving it!

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Haha isn’t everything just so much cuter in mini form?! It’s somehow way more fun than eating a muffin. Post Whole 30 you’ve gotta tell us how you like it!

  • Violette

    September 21, 2017 at 5:51 am

    It looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    http://violettedaily.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:08 am

      They’re so yummy!

  • Josipa

    September 21, 2017 at 7:10 am

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:08 am

      They’re aaaaamazing! Let us know how you like them :).

  • Miriam

    September 21, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Lovely flavour combination and I completely agree with you – it doesn’t need a ton of sugar. What a great breakfast option 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend!

    Miriam x
    http://www.londonkitchendiaries.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:09 am

      It’s the perfect cross between banana and pumpkin bread! And super low in sugar, but still delicious! We’ve been enjoying them in the morning all week! Ben has loved taking them hiking too.
      You too!

  • Patricia

    September 21, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin but this looks absolutely amazing!! 😀
    Thanks for the recipe girl, I’ll have to try this!!
    Wish you a wonderful day
    xx

    https://naturallyfreesoul.com/

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Patricia! This is a perfect halfway pumpkin treat since it’s like a banana bread pumpkin hybrid :). We hope you enjoy it! Have a great day!

  • Deborah

    September 21, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Omg this looks so good! And yes, perfect for this time of the year! I’d love to try it, thanks for sharing <3
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:12 am

      It is SO perfect for this time of year! And it also satisfies the baking itch without going totally overboard. Win win! We hope you love it!

  • Hiro

    September 21, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    OMG! Ya gotta stop with all these delicious looking recipes… This looks SO good. Baking’s not a thing I’ve been able to get into yet, because my oven is actually a pot rack (HAH!)… But once my Minimalism Reorganization/Decluttering is done with the kitchen, I’m hoping the oven will finally be free… LOL.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

      So much delicious! Our real life oven is TINY, so we often go crash my parent’s kitchen and use their glorious double oven so I can bake EVERYTHING. You gotta work with what you’ve got! Free the oven!!

  • wendee

    September 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    looks delicious
    The Glossychic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:14 am

      Thanks Wendee! It’s super yummy!

  • Kim

    September 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    This looks delicious! And I will admit that I have been reading about fall on everyone’s blog posts but hey, I love it and it’s a season worth celebrating! 😉 Enjoy the pumpkin treats!!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 22, 2017 at 12:15 am

      Thanks Kim! And we agree haha, we couldn’t help but fall into the trap! Now… it’s time for pumpkin EVERYTHING!

  • Lucio

    September 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    you have an awesome blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      September 25, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you! Shoot us an e-mail at milehighdreamers5280@gmail.com if you’re interested in collaborating!

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