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Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans, fall desserts, fall recipes, fall food, apple recipes, apple desserts, dulce de leche

The apple saga continues: there’s just been way too many apples around my house lately. I’ve been trying to put them to good use by making apple muffins and apple pumpkin breads, baking apple cobblers and apple crisps. I even started eating an apple a day. And, yet, I don’t seem to make a dent in a huge stash of apples I have accumulated (mostly thanks to my mother-in-law and her apple tree which did not get attacked by a herd of elks this year – last year the elks ate all the apples, so I didn’t have the “apple” problem). I am drowning in apples, so it only makes sense that I made this banana apple bread, and dressed it up by topping it with a delicious caramel sauce and finely chopped pecans!

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans, fall desserts, fall recipes, fall food, apple recipes, apple desserts, dulce de leche

Oh, those apples! They taste SO good when coated with banana bread batter! I licked the spatula and the mixing bowl!

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans, fall desserts, fall recipes, fall food, apple recipes, apple desserts, dulce de leche

I like to make my banana breads with as little oil/butter as I can get away with without losing texture, and Greek yogurt + very ripe bananas are great helpers here! I use only 4 tablespoons of butter for a whole loaf + 2 very ripe bananas + 1/2 cup Greek yogurt. This combination does wonders and makes quick breads very moist and light.

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans, fall desserts, fall recipes, fall food, apple recipes, apple desserts, dulce de leche

The smells in my house while this bread was baking were unbelievable. After the bread loaf cooled, I drizzled the caramel sauce over it and then sprinkled chopped pecans on top, because the caramel + pecans make everything more like Fall, don’t they? As you can see on the photos, I drizzled the caramel not only over the top of the loaf, but also over every single individual slice of bread. And also over the plate, the cutting board, and straight into a small serving bowl – as a tasty dip for my bread. Please, keep the caramel away from me, or I’ll drizzle it on you. :)

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans, fall desserts, fall recipes, fall food, apple recipes, apple desserts, dulce de leche

This is a really simple and easy recipe, yet a truly decadent Fall dessert or breakfast: so welcoming and cozy, you just want to grab a cup of hot tea/hot chocolate/coffee, and cuddle on the coach, watching TV and enjoying a slice of this:

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 9×5 inch loaf pan or a 8×4 inch loaf pan (plus 3 muffin cups)

Banana apple bread with caramel sauce and pecans

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups apples, chopped (2-3 apples) Use either tart apples, such as tarter Granny Smiths, or sweeter, Fuji apples
  • For topping:
  • store-bought caramel sauce, homemade caramel sauce, or homemade dulce de leche
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on high speed for 1.5 minutes. The consistency will be somewhat crumbly. Add eggs and continue beating for several more minutes until the mixture becomes fluffy and lighter in color.
  2. Add mashed bananas, Green yogurt, and vanilla extract and continue beating until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix. Lumps will work themselves out. Fold in chopped apples.
  5. Butter a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, butter the parchment paper too. Note: lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper ensures that the bottom of the bread will not get stuck. Pour the batter in the pan. Bake for 1 hour. When inserted toothpick comes out clean – the bread is ready! Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
  6. Warm the store-bought (or homemade) caramel sauce in a microwave for 5-10 seconds to make it a bit runny and more manageable. Using small spoon, drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of a bread loaf (or every individual slice like I do. :). Sprinkle with chopped pecans. You can also use dulce de leche in place of the caramel sauce.
  7. Note: I also used a 8×4 inch loaf pan, plus 3 muffin cups with this recipe. You can also, of course, use mini loaf pans.
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{ 42 comments… add one }

  • Julia@Vikalinka October 23, 2013, 3:32 am

    Julia, you baked goods always looks so tempting! I’ve been on a baking spree myself but no banana bread yet. My kids gobble up those bananas before they go bad! I should buy a double batch and hide some specifically for this loaf.

    • Julia October 25, 2013, 12:07 am

      I am sure your kids would love this bread, as well! :)

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen October 23, 2013, 6:36 am

    Beautiful loaf, Julia! And, as always, stunning photography. Thanks for sharing, girl!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 23, 2013, 9:22 am

    This bread looks amazing, Julia!

  • Deb October 23, 2013, 11:16 am

    I just came home with more apples yesterday. I just can’t seem to get enough of their sweet, crunchy goodness this fall. The Banana Apple Bread is just so scrumptious with a slather of caramel! A perfect recipe for the apples and bananas in my fruit basket!

  • Laura Dembowski October 23, 2013, 11:29 am

    This bread is positively mouth watering! So perfect for fall too!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes October 23, 2013, 1:38 pm

    Phenomenally delicious and beautiful!

  • Carrie October 23, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Such a refreshing take on banana bread! next on my ‘to bake’ list. thanks!

    xxCarrie
    alittledose.com

  • john@kitchenriffs October 23, 2013, 5:25 pm

    We’re always nuts about apples at this time of the year, too! I can’t get enough. But you’ve just given me something new to try – thanks!

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 23, 2013, 6:20 pm

    Love this banana apple bread! I think I could drink a gallon of that sauce!
    Incredibly drool inducing photos! Thanks for sharing

  • Aunt Clara October 23, 2013, 6:46 pm

    Anything with that much nuts and apple is a winner in my book. It looks very good.

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy October 23, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Drooling!

    • Julia October 25, 2013, 12:02 am

      Matt, you’ve got a new site! I’ll be checking it out. :)

  • Patty October 23, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Julia-this is one gorgeous loaf of banana bread and I love the addition of the apples.
    This loaf is perfect to serve for all of our upcoming Fall holidays ;)

  • Daniela October 24, 2013, 12:55 am

    Julia,this looks and sounds amazing!
    Just looking at the pictures makes my mouth water.

  • Irina @ wandercrush October 24, 2013, 4:10 am

    An excess of apples is never a bad thing! This bread is clear proof. Your photos look so festive and make me want to bake a loaf today…which might not be a bad idea. There are always bananas browning too quickly and roommates getting cravings too often ;)

    • Julia October 25, 2013, 12:02 am

      Oh yes, having an extra loaf of banana bread in the house never hurts!

  • Krista October 24, 2013, 6:08 am

    That is the prettiest bread I’ve seen yet this season. :-) Absolutely scrumptious. :-)

    • Julia October 25, 2013, 12:02 am

      Thank you, Krista, so sweet of you! :)

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen October 24, 2013, 8:07 am

    Amazing looking bread Julia! Love the apple/banana combination. And the caramel sauce really puts it over the top!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty October 24, 2013, 12:39 pm

    That is a beautiful load of bread. Love love the idea of banana and apple in it. After seeing it pinned many times, had to come by to check out.
    Nice meeting you and your lovely blog Julia.

    • Julia October 25, 2013, 12:01 am

      Thanks for stopping by! :) Glad to see you here – I checked out your blog – it’s so lovely. LOVE Indian food!

  • Yvonne @ bitter baker October 24, 2013, 5:11 pm

    This looks drooling good! Can’t even imagine how good the kitchen must smell when it’s baking in the oven!!

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon October 24, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Love a little caramel drizzle on anything.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 25, 2013, 1:25 am

    Oh yum Julia! I love this gorgeous loaf! Banana apple bread with caramel? Where do I sign up? :) Happy Friday!

  • Monique October 25, 2013, 7:51 am

    Takes banana bread to a whole different level Julia..gorgeous loaf..

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 25, 2013, 10:09 am

    This looks amazing!! I love the caramel topping!!

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant October 25, 2013, 10:44 am

    This look so good! And I love the idea of dessert for breakfast. I wish I had a slice of this with my coffee right now.

  • Summer October 25, 2013, 1:19 pm

    I love love love APPLES! I eat at least one a day, and then you add it to my favorite bread.. This is a MUST try.

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 25, 2013, 7:16 pm

    My mouth is watering looking at these pictures! I love bread for breakfast so this would be absolutely perfect!

  • Liz October 26, 2013, 8:44 am

    I can’t decide whether to eat this for breakfast or dessert…I think I’d do both!

  • Nancy/Spicie Foodie October 26, 2013, 3:16 pm

    OMG, I would love a HUGE slice of your bread right now. The photos are gorgeous and make me want to reach right in. Thanks for sharing Julia!:)

  • The Café Sucre Farine October 26, 2013, 4:31 pm

    I love banana bread and can never have enough recipes. This one looks like a winner!

  • Chocolate Shavings October 26, 2013, 4:50 pm

    The caramel sauce brings this over the top!

  • Jocelyn@Brucrewlife October 27, 2013, 1:01 am

    You have so much goodness in this bread!! Drooling!!

  • Juliana Walters October 28, 2013, 3:32 am

    Oh my goodness! Fall is in full force here on your blog Julia. That bread is gorgeous!

  • Alla October 28, 2013, 5:37 am

    Ahh this one is so gorgeous! He is really flirting with me… this well dressed banana bread. And i”m with the ladies gorgeous photography. Are you thinking about a book?

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu October 28, 2013, 12:05 pm

    Holy cow, this is the PERFECT fall bread! It looks absolutely delicious, Julia!

  • Barb October 29, 2013, 9:13 am

    Just completely delicious – bread, and photos!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 29, 2013, 9:58 am

    Bread drizzled with caramel sauce?! Sign me up!!! :D

  • Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner October 31, 2013, 11:41 am

    I never thought of combining apples and bananas into 1 great bread! Awesome idea!
    And that caramel sauce is calling my name. :)

  • Jill, Desserts Magazine December 14, 2013, 12:31 pm

    You can’t go wrong when a recipe has…bananas, apples, and caramel! Could this be the ultimate banana bread recipe? Yummy!

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