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Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread

Comforting, sweet, and satisfying, this whole wheat butternut squash banana bread packs in fruits AND vegetables, whole grains, and nuts for a nutrient-packed breakfast or snack.Comforting, sweet, and satisfying, this whole wheat butternut squash banana bread packs in fruits AND vegetables, whole grains and nuts, for a nutrient-packed breakfast or snack.I totally dropped the ball on quick breads Recipe Redux theme last month. I had the best intentions and even bought all the ingredients for the recipe but it snuck up on me and to preserve my sanity (and my Friday night), I decided not to force the recipe and knew that I would get to it in good time.Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread-2-2Well, good time it did take. The first loaf was meh. It was too moist and almost looked undercooked. Plus, I realized my baking powder was expired so the loaf didn’t rise at all. In fact, I think it actually sunk in a little (insert embarrassed emoji face here).

But it’s all good because the second batch turned out BOMB DOT COM. Like want to stuff my face in the entire loaf bomb dot com.Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread-1-2

I made a whole wheat butternut squash banana bread. For three reasons:

  1. Whole grains or no grains.
  2. Pumpkin’s been done before….many times.
  3. Banana bread is the best bread.

Do you agree that banana bread is the best? It reminds me of my childhood because I remember it was one of my favorite things to help bake when I was growing up. Anytime there were ripe bananas in the fruit basket, you knew what was about to go down in the Lydon household.

And truth be told, I don’t make it all that often anymore. Probably because now anytime I have ripe bananas, they get quickly sliced and stored in a Ziploc in the freezer for smoothies. Smoothies: 500. Banana Bread: 1.Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread-3-2But I think this unfair ripe banana competition is about to change course because now I have a recipe that’s much healthier, made with whole grains, nuts, unrefined sweeteners, and SQUASH! And butternut squash is packed with vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, and magnesium.

Just like you can’t taste zucchini in zucchini bread, you can’t really taste the squash in squash banana bread. So all you squash haters out there can rejoice.

This bread is perfect slightly warmed with melted butter or covered with a slab of peanut butter. It makes for a delicious snack or comforting breakfast and pairs perfectly with a piping hot cup of coffee or breakfast tea.Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread sq-7-2And since the holidays are upon us, this bread would make for a delicious DIY holiday gift too!

Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed banana (about two-three ripe bananas)
  • 1 cup butternut squash puree*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil plus extra for greasing pan
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup toasted crushed walnuts, divided
  • Extra coconut oil for greasing loaf pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 bread pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk banana, squash, eggs, oil, and vanilla until combined.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 cup walnuts.
  4. Transfer wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle 1/4 cup walnuts over top. Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for about 10 minutes in pan and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

You can buy canned butternut squash puree or make your own puree by cutting a butternut squash in half lengthwise, removing seeds, brushing with olive oil and roasting at 400 degrees F, flesh side up, for 25-35 minutes, or until tender. Then scoop out the flesh of the squash and transfer to a blender or food processor to puree.

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Tell me, have you ever tried butternut squash puree in a bread before?

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I'm a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.

Comments

  1. Rachel Jones

    Just made this but as muffins instead of bread– so yummy!! (Just bake at 400 for 20-25 min). Also I didn’t have quite enough butternut squash so I added some applesauce and Greek yogurt to make up the difference. They are so delicious!! I’m glad I took a gamble and doubled the recipe!!!

  2. Yum! I love adding sweet potato to quick breads, so I can imagine how nice and moist butternut squash makes this bread.

  3. Tamara Eshpeter

    I made this loaf last night and it is so delicious! I used a stick of butter (melted) instead of oil and 1/2 cup of spelt flour with 1 cup of whole wheat flour. It is incredibly moist and not too sweet…..would highly recommend !

  4. Hi I’m d Donna and I made Butternut squash hash sparyed skillet with spray add chopped squash and brown a little add a little bit of butter Splenda brown sugar sugar free pancake syrup and some pumpkin pie spice cook a little and add 1 can mixed vegies. very good

  5. Alina Shaw

    This bread was gobbled up by my whole family! I doubled the recipe, used a cup of coconut sugar and I found it to be sweet enough. Also used 1/2 sprouted spelt and 1/2 sprouted whole wheat flour. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. how can you or has anyone made this vegan with no eggs adding maybe flax

    • I haven’t tried making this vegan but would suggest testing it out with flax eggs. 2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water in the fridge for 15 minutes to thicken. Let me know how it turns out!

  7. What an awesome combo! These pictures are all so beautiful and the texture of the bread looks amazing!

  8. haha, yess, I can totally relate to be the kid who was in charge of making banana bread any time there was rotten bananas around. Totally agree banana bread is the best bread, and squash banana bread is probably even better and healthier!!

  9. This looks incredibly moist and delicious! Very clever idea to combine bananas and butternut squash — sounds like a winning combo!

  10. Butternut and banana bread? count me in! sounds delicious!!!

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