Necessary Evils

Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Bread

pumpkin bread and butterAs promised in my previous post about how much I love fall, today I am going to thrill you with a recipe that has been screaming my name since I pulled it out of the oven.  Every time I walk in the kitchen and see it sitting there in that beautiful loaf pan, I hear it.  Last night, while I was lying in bed, I’m pretty sure I heard it calling me then as well.  This recipe is everything a former chubby girl loves, and it’s perfect for a busy mom.  So naturally, this recipe is a dream come true for me!  Allow me to introduce you to  Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Bread.

Oh.  My.  Goodness.

There are few things in life that make a house smell better than bread baking.  And after yesterday, my house smelled heavenly!  I have been trying to find simple recipes to share for fall, but I also wanted to make sure that these recipes were ones that my kids could help with.  Because, let’s face it, sometimes you can’t get them out of the kitchen, so this way you can get them INTO it!  : )

This bread is ridiculously easy!  As in, if you blink, you may miss one of the FIVE steps lol

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and mash up two overly ripe bananas (overly ripe work better because they give a stronger banana taste and they’re easier to mash)

mashed bananas

Step 2: Add cake mix to mashed bananas and mix well – it will turn into a doughy consistency.  This is the part I considered the “exercise” of the recipe : )  Ya gotta put your biceps to work!

Cake Mix and bananas

Step 3: Add in the oil and the can of pumpkin and mix well.  This will turn the mixture into more of a batter consistency.

pumpkin mix

Step 4: Mix in the chocolate chips

chocolate pumpkin mix

Step 5: Pour batter into one or two well-greased loaf pans.  I used two because I wanted to have an extra loaf for a dinner party I’m having tomorrow.  The only difference is that your loaf will be “shorter”, and so will the cooking time.

pumpkin bread in the oven

If you are baking two loaves, your cooking time will be approximately 35 mins (check it after 30 as oven times do vary).  And if you’re baking one large loaf, you should bake it approximately 45 mins (again, check it after 40 as your oven is different than mine)

The waiting part is awful.  But try not to mess with them too much.  I know….After about 15 minutes you’re going to be able to smell them, and it will be torture.


When they’re done, you really should let them rest a few minutes.  But who the heck has the self-control for that???!  I cut into mine as soon as I could find a butter knife!  And it was divine!!!!!!!!  Hope you enjoy your first fall recipe!

coffee and pumpkin bread


1 Box of Butter Cake Mix (any brand is fine)
Two very ripe bananas
1 Can pumpkin puree
½ c chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet…and maybe a bit more than ½ – don’t judge me!)
¼ c vegetable oilIngredients


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