Gluten Free Healthy Banana Spiced Bread (with pumpkin)

This is a wonderful banana bread that is lower in fat and calories than most other banana breads. It comes out a bit more dense than most banana bread, this is due to the pumpkin (I think!). It is really tasty, and tastes even better warmed up a little. I added unsweetened coconut flakes to one of the two mini loaves I made, and I must say this makes it! The one with the coconut was less dense and more moist.


1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon white sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 large bananas, mashed
1/8 cup applesauce
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/8 cup water
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. With an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat sugar and butter. Add in applesauce.

3. Beat in eggs, water, banana, pumpkin, water and vanilla extract.

4. In a separate bowl combine flour, and all remaining ingredients.

5. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until smooth.

6. Add in coconut flakes, nuts or chocolate chips.

7. Pour batter into 2 greased, small loaf pans or one 9x5x3 pan. I think this recipe works better in the ‘mini’ version; the middle gets completely cooked and the outer edges do not get dry.

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

5 thoughts on “Gluten Free Healthy Banana Spiced Bread (with pumpkin)

  1. This sound amazing. I really like the added pumpkin. Its really hard to find good GF recipes for breads.

  2. This banana bread seems delicious and I love that pumpkin is in it also.

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