This banana zucchini bread is an easy, no-frills recipe that makes for a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack!
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes
For the bread:
1 cup mashed ripe banana (from about 3 medium-sized bananas)
1 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3–1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2–1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1–1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1–1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1–1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
For the cream cheese butter:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temperature
1–1/2 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
To make the loaves:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two 8”x4” loaf pans with baking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, stir to combine the banana, oil, sugar, eggs, and extract. Add in the flour cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and fold to combine. Add in the shredded zucchini and pecans, folding just until combined. Divide the batter between the two prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow to cool completely.
In the meantime, prepare the cream cheese butter. In a medium-sized bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese and butter, beating until smooth, about 1 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and optional cinnamon, stirring to combine. If you wish to smooth out the mixture a bit, add a tablespoon of water or milk. Otherwise, pop the spread in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it on slices of the zucchini bread.