• Nikki Glekas

Banana Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Updated: Nov 20


Banana Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread is my favorite quick bread recipe for fall. It is easy to make, tastes fantastic, and is perfect for children. I always have a lot of bananas in my kitchen because my kids grab them whenever they need a quick snack. When I’m making this bread, I always use the two that are the most overripe because they are easy to mash, and this way they won’t go to waste and get thrown out.

The pumpkin I use comes from a can. We love to carve pumpkins, but I rarely use the filling to cook with. Instead, I buy a few cans early in the season so I’m stocked up for this bread, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin pie!

The rest of this bread comes together easily in a large mixing bowl. I often put my kids in charge of adding the ingredients and stirring them until combined. They always get excited about adding the chocolate chips! The batter is somewhat runny when you pour it into the baking dish but don’t worry, this is normal. It bakes for over and hour until it is completely set all the way through.

I know the bread is done when a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. At this point the house usually smells absolutely incredible. My children can hardly wait to eat it at this point, but I ask them to wait until the bread is comfortable to touch before they slice it.

We usually end up eating one loaf in a day, but sometimes it lasts until the next morning. When it does, I toast the remaining slices and add a little bit of butter or cream cheese for a great breakfast. We love this bread because of the delicate crumb, light banana pumpkin flavors, and chocolate chips. It’s like a breakfast and dessert bread all at once.



Pumpkin Banana Chocolate Chip Bread


This is such a fun quick bread to make for your family. Every time I make it for my kids they devour it in one day. Whatever remains goes to school in their lunchboxes. This can also be a fun baking project for everyone if they are looking for ways to get involved in the kitchen!


Makes 1 loaf


  • 2 Ripe Banana (mashed)

  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • ½ tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • ½ salt

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet), divided

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In one bowl mix the mashed banana, pumpkin and vanilla extract and set aside.

  3. In the large bowl beat the butter, sugar, and eggs until smooth.

  4. In separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and salt.

  5. Fold the pumpkin mixture into the wet ingredients and blend completely.

  6. Then, fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined and the flour is no longer visible.

  7. Stir ½ cup of chocolate chips into the batter.

  8. Light grease a 9x9 pan baking dish. Spread the batter evenly into the dish and scatter the remaining chocolate chips on top.

  9. Bake the bread for about 75 - 80 minutes. Check to make sure it is done by dipping a cake tester in the middle to make sure it comes out clean.

  10. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool, slice and serve.





Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT.. To discuss further please contact team@nikkiglekascollective.com or call 203.658.8659.

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