Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year without a doubt! I get so excited when the grocery stores start putting out pumpkins and pumpkin pie spice goes on sale. I snagged some at Target along with some bananas a couple days ago and patiently waited for them to ripen.. Ideally you would wait til the skin is almost entirely black and the banana is bruised inside to get maximum banana flavour during the baking process. I couldn’t wait because today was the perfect chilly gloomy rainy day to stay in and do some baking, particularly with pumpkin spice! Just imagine the aroma of Fall throughout our living room as it baked in the oven.. Divine. When it was ready to serve, I brewed us some chai tea to have with it, turned on Survivor and enjoyed a really scrumptious fall treat!
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 heaping teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup dried cherries / raisins / raisins (optional)
3/4 cup chopped walnut chunks (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Grease an 9×5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir together the mashed banana, eggs, oil, pumpkin, honey and sugar. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pie spice and cinnamon, stir gently into the banana mixture until just combined. Make sure not to over mix or the bread would come out really dense and gooey. Fold in your dried fruit of choice and walnuts if desired. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 90 – 95 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. You have to be very patient with it because theres a lot of moisture in the batter from the pumpkin puree and bananas. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.(Make sure it is completely cool before you cut into it, about another 30 – 40 mins )