This is my new favorite banana bread recipe. And, as you can see, it’s not just a regular banana bread. It’s a PUMPKIN banana bread stuffed with apple chunks, flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, and baked to perfection, with a gorgeous top crust!
This recipe combines so many of my favorite things: bananas, pumpkin, apples, cinnamon, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. Yes, since I mentioned Greek yogurt, that means that this bread is also low-fat, with only 4 tablespoons of butter used for a whole loaf!
If you bake lots of banana breads, you know that bananas and Greek yogurt work great as butter replacement. We’re keeping only 4 tablespoons of butter in the whole loaf (for texture). In place of butter, I am using mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, and pumpkin puree – all of these ingredients make this bread really moist, soft and tasty.
You can add any kind of apples, as long as they are crisp (not soft or mushy). Add sweeter kind of apples (such as Gala), and you’ll get a sweeter loaf. Add tarter apples (such as Granny Smiths), and you’ll get a sweet loaf too, with a touch of pleasant tartness from baked apples.
For this loaf, I actually used 2 completely different apples: one very tart Granny Smith apple and one very sweet Gala apple. Chopped up into chunks and folded into the cake batter, these sweet and tart apple chunks add unforgettable contrast of flavor! I don’t even peel the apples: after being baked in the bread for about an hour, they get very soft, including the peel, there is really no need to peel them. Plus, I think the peel holds the apple chunks together better: they don’t get so mushy.
Dear friends, please try this Fall recipe: you won’t be disappointed! The pumpkin flavor is so subtle and perfect in this bread, I am convinced this could become a favorite recipe even for those who don’t like pumpkin in their desserts: try this recipe and you’ll change your mind! 🙂 And, don’t even get me started on what a great breakfast this bread makes!
If you like PUMPKIN, I have a wonderful board on Pinterest for you: