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Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread

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Obviously I’m obsessed with Pumpkin Spice All The Things right now…but you’re okay with that, right? This Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread will satisfy your cravings too!

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Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread - this easy banana bread is FILLED with pumpkin spice and coated with a pumpkin spice glaze!

Before we talk about how perfect this Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread is for fall, I have an announcement.

I RAN A HALF MARATHON. And I finished it!


I didn’t think I could make it and I was so nervous. Then I started and it all just kind of went perfect. I ran more than I normally do and finished in less time than I thought I would.

More than the actual finish, just DOING the whole thing has made me so proud of myself. All my life I’ve said I’m not athletic, I’m not a runner, I could never run a 10k let alone a half marathon. I’ve spent the last 6 months proving that wrong: I may not like running but I AM a runner. And I CAN do anything I set my mind to.

Let this inspire you to do something that you think you can’t do but have always wanted to. What is your goal? Go for it- you can do it. And it’ll feel so good when you accomplish something you never thought you could do.

I also never thought I could make my mom’s banana bread better…but I did. I added pumpkin spices and a pumpkin spice glaze to the top.

Add this to your fall bucket list, people, you won’t be sorry.

Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread recipe

I started this recipe with my mom’s banana bread. Have you tried that recipe yet? It gets a gorgeous crack right down the center that’s perfect EVERY time.

I know, why mess with an original? Because I’m me, that’s why. I had to FALLIFIZE my mom’s banana bread recipe. Yes, fallifize – I created a word. It means “to make everything into something that fits with fall”. LIKE PUMPKIN SPICE.

I added a hefty dose of my favorite spice to the banana bread recipe itself AND to the glaze. I’m sorry, but I now think every bread should have a glaze. It’s a powdered sugar glaze made with heavy whipping cream (a MUST) and the spices. You pour it all over the top of the bread and then you lick the bowl clean.

I made a few other easy changes to the recipe too: I reduced the sugar to compensate for the glaze and I used oil instead of butter. Sometimes I just want to stir by hand and not use a hand mixer. Is anyone with me?

The result? A fluffy and indulgent sweet and fall spiced banana bread. This one’s a keeper, yo’.

Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread - this easy banana bread is FILLED with pumpkin spice and coated with a pumpkin spice glaze!

So yes, before you comment, there is NO pumpkin in the recipe. LOL, it’s Pumpkin SPICE banana bread. 😉 Just in case you were wondering…

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Servings: 10 -12 servings

Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread

Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Easy Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread is banana bread recipe filled with pumpkin spice! Warm cinnamon and nutmeg flavors in the bread and the glaze!


For the bread:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 7 tablespoons sour milk — or add 1 teaspoon vinegar to the milk to sour it
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

For the glaze:

  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x5 or 10x5.5” loaf pan with shortening or butter and coat it with sugar. (You do this like you would grease and flour a pan. Grease it first, then add about 2 tablespoons sugar to the pan and move the pan side to side until the bottom and sides are coated with sugar. Do NOT substitute cooking spray for the butter. You can skip the sugaring and just use cooking spray, if you wish.)
  2. Stir oil, sugar, and salt with wooden spoon or spatula. Set aside.
  3. Add bananas, eggs, milk, vinegar, vanilla, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice to a blender jar and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour half the banana mixture into the oil mixture with 1 cup of flour. Stir until just incorporated, then add the remaining banana mixture and flour. Stir until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean alongside the crack. (If you put the toothpick in the crack it will come out with just a little batter/crumbs sticking to it.) The edges will be a dark brown and there will be a nice crack down the center. (There is a wide range of cooking time because all ovens bake differently, as do all pans. My banana breads never bake in the same amount of time!)
  6. Cool completely before removing loaf from pan and frosting.
  7. To make the frosting: whisk powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in vanilla and 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, adding more cream as needed for consistency (up to 2 tablespoons). Frost banana bread. Chill to set. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or slice and freeze for up to 1 month.

Mom’s Banana Bread

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Cinnamon Pecan Banana Bread

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Pumpkin Spice Snowballs

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Sweets from friends:
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes by The Comfort of Cooking
Crockpot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix by Averie Cooks
Pumpkin Spice Buttercream by Picky Palate

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  1. It’s official. Fallifize is now a thing. I will use it in my classes and be THAT English teacher. 🙂
    Love, love love the idea of using pumpkin pie spice in banana bread.It’s my go-to spice this time of year!
    And congrats on the half marathon! SO thrilled for you!

  2. Congratulations!! Awesome job on the half marathon!!

  3. Hallelujah – fall baking is here! This pumpkin spice banana bread looks incredible. I’d be happy just eating the glaze. 🙂

  4. Wait, there’s no pumpkin in the bread? 🙂 Kidding!! It sounds absolutely amazing.
    PLUS, dude you ran a half marathon…you deserve every single slice of this amazing bread!! CONGRATS!

  5. Congratulations, Dorothy! Half marathon – how cool is that!! And this bread – I need a slice asap!

  6. Congrats! That’s so awesome.
    I haven’t built up the courage to sign up yet.

    Love pumpkin spice kicking this banana bread up a notch. Yum!

  7. Congrats again and you are just glowing in that photo!! I am so thrilled for you and that it went so well. My hamstrings have been hurting since Sunday morning, don’t know about yours, lol but so glad to have done it and spending the weekend together made it even more special!

    This bread. That frosting. This is my dream dessert!!

  8. Dorothy, you are AMAZING! Oddly enough, I was just thinking about you and wondering how the whole running thing was going and if you had run your big race yet! So glad that it went well for you. So awesome!

  9. This is amazing!! Both you running the half and this bread 😀 I’ve had run a half on my bucket list for forever but keep battling shin splints. You’re totally an inspiration and I love how happy you look with your medal!! I also love pumpkin spice (in carefully curated moderation) but this totally makes the cut 🙂

  10. Congratulation on the Half Marathon! It is hard work to run one, let alone train for one. I used to say “oh, I only ran the half” but not anymore as it is a very worthwhile accomplishment.
    This pumpkin bread looks wonderful!!!

  11. YES to pumpkin baking! So excited to see what you churn out and can I say that the pumpkin spice glaze is just genius?

  12. Dorothy you are amazing!! And inspiring! And I love that you made up a new word:) but this bread totally deserves it.

  13. I knew that you could do it! Congrats on the race and one changing up this bread. It sounds wonderful.

  14. Congrats on your half marathon! That is so awesome and you should be proud of yourself. I took up running again after a 10+ year break. I feel like I am starting all over but I am doing it. My husband and I have scoped out some 5k races locally and once I feel confident, I will look for some 10k. My goal is to run a half before my 50th birthday….I have three years to work on it. This banana pumpkin bread looks FABULOUS! I think I could use it as motivation to go that extra mile on my runs. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Congratulations, Dorothy!  How wonderful, to have accomplished that!  I miss running my doctor advised me to save my creakey knees.  The bread is a brilliant idea.

  16. This recipe sounds amazing. Congratulations on finishing the half marathon! What an accomplishment. You are inspiring, in the kitchen and out. Keep running!

  17. I am so proud of you for conquering the marathon!  You did awesome!  And this bread…holy yum!  I want to fallifize everything too!!!!

  18. Congratulations on your marathon! You look so happy in the picture.
    I love the idea of using pumpkin pie spice in banana bread. In fact I have 3 bananas that I was going to make into some banana bread tonight, so now they’ll get a little fallifized. Love it!

  19. I love a pumpkin spiced bread, but never tried pairing it with banana – this sounds really wonderful

  20. Congratulations on the marathon!  That is so inspiring!  
    I am so in the mood for fall flavors, so this banana bread is definitely calling to me!

  21. I really don’t know why banana and pumpkin aren’t combined more frequently. They’re perfect together!! 

    You ran a half marathon and you weren’t being chased by zombies!?! More power to you!! 😉 

  22. Congrats !!! Wow, that is fantastic !!! I still would be battling to get to the finish line. You are an inspiration 🙂 Well done 🙂
    Loving this Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread. This will be happening this weekend for sure 🙂

  23. Wooohooo go Dorothy! Dude running a half at Disneyland is the way to go. Sounds like tons of fun! Also, this BREAD. luscious.

  24. Congrats, Dorothy, I’m very impressed, now you definitely deserve to reward yourself with a slab of that scrumptious looking treat!

  25. I made this bread last night and then frosted it this morning and brought it to work. EVERYONE. LOVES. IT! It turned out soo good. I was a little nervous that somehow the “crack” wouldn’t happen for me but it did! A beautiful crack right down the middle. It definitely took the full 60 minutes for me but it is divine. This is definitely a fall recipe keeper!

  26. Update: I made this last night and it is delicious! My son was on the fence with “I like your normal banana bread better”. My parents really liked it and I did too. Thanks!

  27. Banana bread… great… pumpkin spice… awesome…

    Pumpkin spice banana bread… just take me now, lord. Look at that glaze on top! Ahh!

  28. congratulation of your half marathon ! 🙂 glad to see another recipe of the combination of banana and pumpkin, I love that flavor but seems like there aren’t so many recipe of them. 🙂

  29. Pumpkin and banana in one recipe. Yeah, great idea. Thanks for sharing this, Dorothy. Have a nice weekend.

    PS: Your smile is so lovely.

  30. Still so proud of you Dorothy! ( oh, the pumpkin bread looks pretty fantastic too!)

  31. When does the flour get added in. I see 2C of flour in the recipe, but the instructions do not say when to add it. I’m already making this, so I’m going to hope and assume that it’s during the blending process with the bananas and eggs. Crossing my fingers that I’m correct and that it still turns out yummy!! 

  32. Never mind lol I just found where the words were hiding. Baker user error on my part lol 

  33. I have an 8×4 pan, will that be too small? Could I split between two 8×4 pans and adjust the baking time? 
    The glaze sounds delicious but I might swap for chocolate chips in the bread. Excited to finally try this out! 

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