I love how banana bread can take so many forms. The recipe varieties are pretty much endless! For this recipe I got it into my head that I wanted a “pumpkin spiced latte” inspired recipe–because let’s be honest, I am a coffee addict. The funny thing is I have literally never ordered that drink at coffee places ever. Pumpkin spice and coffee, however, seemed like they would lend themselves really well into a bread recipe. And lend themselves they did! I am a huge fan of this flavor combination and pumpkin spice is the perfect blend for this time of year. Another thing to note however is there is NO pumpkin in pumpkin spice. Just like the coffee drink (spoiler alert: yes there is no pumpkin in that either). So, if you’re looking for actual pumpkin in a banana bread, try this recipe instead.
I used a bit of espresso powder with a half cup of strongly brewed regular coffee, so the coffee flavor is pretty strong with this one. If you have no espresso powder you can actually grind your regular coffee grounds in a spice/coffee grinder to get it really fine, just like espresso powder! I wouldn’t use regular coffee grounds as they are way too grainy for this recipe. The spice blend is a mixture of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg which is perfect for this time of year! I tend to enjoy banana bread in the morning (with my coffee of course!) so I like it to be a little less sweet. I reduced the granulated sugar to 1/4 cup but for a recommended amount of sweetness I have the recipe at 1/2 cup. If you’d like it more sweet you can increase the granulated sugar to 3/4 cup–it’s really up to you!
Pumpkin Spiced Coffee Banana Bread
A delicious pumpkin spiced banana bread made for coffee lovers!
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 2 or 3 over-ripe bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar can be reduced or increased by 1/4 cup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 1 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch salt
Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch bread pan.
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan.
Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl.
Mix together the bananas, melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, coffee, egg, spices and espresso/coffee powder.
Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture.
Stir in the flour, mixing lightly until just combined.
Pour the dough into the prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350F (or until a toothpick comes out clean from center).