This delicious pumpkin oatmeal bread is sweetened with mashed bananas and maple syrup. It’s a gluten free, healthy pumpkin bread recipe that makes a great breakfast, dessert, or snack!
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Happy Monday, Veg World! It’s just another day here in pumpkin spice season! Today, I’m sharing my favorite pumpkin bread recipe to make during the fall.
Made with mashed bananas, pumpkin puree, and chocolate chips, this pumpkin oatmeal bread is a nutritious option that can still satisfy your sweet tooth! I love to eat a slice for breakfast on the side of eggs or yogurt or for an afternoon snack.
As the recipe name suggests, I used oat flour as the base for this bread. So, it packs some extra fiber and nutrition. As a dietitian, I can’t help myself from adding a lil’ extra nutrition wherever I can.
Eating the bread is great and all, but the process of baking it also has some perks! Baking with pumpkin spice, made with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, and cloves, makes our house smell like heaven. It’s truly the aroma of fall.
Oh, and did I mention there’s chocolate?
How to Make Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread
- First, grind the old fashioned oats into a fine flour using a food processor or blender. Combine the oats with the other dry ingredients in a bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, mashed banana, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean!
- To ensure that the bread is gluten free, use certified gluten free old fashioned oats.
- For maximum sweetness, use very ripe bananas that have started to get brown spots on their peels.
- Pumpkin oatmeal bread will keep well in an airtight container at room temp or in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- To freeze this bread, let it cool completely. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. Place the bread in a freezer bag or Stasher bag. It will last for up to 3 months in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge before eating.
- You can enjoy the bread cold, at room temperature, warmed up in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes under the broiler, or toasted. Serve with a slab of butter, peanut butter, or cream cheese.
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Healthy Banana Pumpkin Oatmeal Bread
- 2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats - also called rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2/3 cup mashed banana - about 2 large
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree - not pumpkin pie filling
- 2 eggs - lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5" loaf pan and set aside.
- To prepare the oat flour, grind old fashioned oats in a food processor or high-powered blender until they resemble a fine flour. Combine the oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl, combine the bananas, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and whisk until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes before slicing.
- Store the bread in an airtight container at room temp or in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Serve cold or warm with butter, nut butter, or cream cheese. You can heat the bread in a toaster or in the oven for 2-3 minutes under the broiler.
- To freeze this bread, let it cool completely then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil. Put the wrapped bread in a freezer bag, seal, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge before eating.
Happy fall baking! – Lizzie
This post was originally published in October 2018. It was updated with new photos and tips in October 2020.