Pumpkin and Bananas

I was hesitant to post this recipe now although I made it this morning for breakfast. I know it is still winter everywhere else in the country but here in Florida is warm and I have been dreaming about strawberries and nectarines. In my head pumpkin feels too seasonal. My mom is here visiting and she loves my banana bread recipe (she and everyone else in my family!) so she asked me to make it for her. How could I say no, right?

My curly, blonde haired boy also loves this bread. I make big batches of it and bake it in small loaf pans, then save one for that day and freeze the rest. It’s a healthy snack. I cut it up in small cubes and put it in a zip lock bag for him to munch on in the car or in the stroller. He says “ama, coco, ama, coco”. Anything sweet is coco for him.

Pumpkin and Banana Bread with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

144 grams ripe organic bananas
144 grams organic canned pumpkin puree
125 grams sugar
125 grams demerara sugar
3 organic eggs
200 grams canola oil
200 grams organic whole wheat flour
4 grams sea salt
4 grams baking soda
30 grams organic roasted pumpkin seeds

Extra raw pumpkin seeds for the topping
Demerara sugar for the topping

Roast pumpkin seeds in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, salt and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, bananas, sugar, eggs and oil. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in the roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pour batter into the greased molds and top with raw pumpkin seeds and a little bit of demerara sugar. Bake at 350 degrees.

Since my parents have been here I feel like we haven’t gone to visit our cutie pie neighbor Stella as often, so today we wrapped up one of the pumpkin banana breads and brought it over to her. I think she really liked it and she is a hard one to please!

I have been getting a lot of questions regarding the food packaging I use for my baked goods so I thought I would share that with you. And what is my secret source? None other than Martha Stewart! She has a beautiful line of cookie boxes, ribbon, paper and other crafting products that I go nuts over. You can get them at Michaels or online at Martha Stewart Crafts.

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13 Responses to “Pumpkin and Bananas”

  1. Loving this bread. Love the stars, those are adorable!! Beautiful idea! The pumpkin seeds on top of the other just make it stand out from other banana breads.

    Why does coco mean anything sweet for your boy?

  2. Hi Gretchen! Thanks for your nice comment. Coco started as baby talk for chocolate but it turned into a multi-use word for anything sweet. So any cookies, cakes, dessert I make is coco and he points at it and says coco, coco. So cute!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Of course we love your banana bread recipe..

  4. Cakespy says:

    Gosh, this looks gorgeous! The star shape really adds something too. I like the combination of flavors, dense and satisfying!

  5. B says:

    Arantza, Martha Stewart??? What happens with our local national heroine Maria Teresa Campos??? I guess she isn’t so advanced into the packaging…
    Love pumpkin and bananas. Never tried this recipe but would love to,,,

  6. Katherine says:

    This is my favorite and love the addition of the pumpkin seeds. Stella on the other hand, prefers the original recipe without the seeds. (more for me:)
    Who knows, I may dare to try and bake with a reward as sweet as this!

  7. Bridget says:

    Coco…I love that!

    Your bread looks delicious! I just love pumpkin! So happy to have found your blog…adding it to my Google Reader now. :)

  8. cindylola says:

    I discovered your blog and I love it !!!

  9. Hi Aran, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I dont have food on it. well not like this, but I am going to be doing more Sheep & what ever else strikes my fancy. I see some really delish goodies on here. Love the gluten free things. I’ve followed Paris Breakfasts blog for over a year now. Started reading because of her art but got hooked on how fun it was. I will be checking back here too. :)Think I will add you to my favorite blogs list.

  10. myriam says:

    what a lovely blog you got! and: i love to see how other people fall for the martha steward crafts, too. i bought it all and shipped it over to switzerland. can you imagine how heavy my bags were? ;-)

  11. Lovely! I have some ripe bananas on the counter, so maybe i’ll try this today.

    What’s involved with the meme? Is there a specific set of questions? (I’m not quite sure what to do, but i’m happy to do it!)

  12. latxaga says:

    Hi Aran,
    everything looks delicious. When can we have them at “Ayarza┬┤s”.



  13. Andrea says:

    I really love how you packaged this up, what a great idea for a gift!

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