Carrot Cake Banana Bread

Ripe bananas? Meet your recipe!

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  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook time 45 mins
  • Yields 12
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  • Recipe Submitted By Crystal Higgins
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  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1¼ cups)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ⅓ cup milk of choice
  • 1 heaping cup grated carrots
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans (or nut of choice)
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 cup powdered icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • pecans to garnish (optional)


  • 9" x 5" loaf pan
  • cooking spray or parchment paper
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large bowl
  • whisk
  • medium bowl
  • fork
  • rubber spatula or wooden spoon for mixing
  • cooling rack
  • hand-held or stand mixer


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Coat a 9" x 5 " loaf pan with oil, cooking spray or butter. Alternatively, use 2 sheets of parchment paper to prevent the loaf sticking to the pan.
  3. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl (whole wheat flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt).
  4. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
  5. Add the egg, coconut sugar, vanilla and combine until creamy.
  6. Next, add the applesauce, milk and mix well.
  7. Fold in the carrots.
  8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until JUST COMBINED. Do NOT over mix.
  9. Lastly, fold in the coconut oil and nuts.
  10. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.


  1. Use a hand held or stand mixer to whip/beat the cream cheese. This is best done if the cream cheese is closer to room temperature.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and optional cinnamon. Beat for at least 2 minutes, or until smooth.
  3. Once the loaf is completely cool, spread the frosting evenly across the top and garnish with chopped pecans.

You will most definitely have double the amount of frosting you need for this loaf. Feel free to cut the frosting recipe in half, or use the extra frosting for another recipe. You could also double the loaf recipe and frost both loaves. It will last in the freezer for at least 2-3 months.

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