Carrot Cake Banana Bread: The Perfect Fusion of Two Beloved Desserts

Picture this: a lazy Sunday morning with the sun pouring in your kitchen window and the smell of something utterly divine wafting from the oven. You've got a mash-up that can only be described as the lovechild of hearty banana bread and a sweetly spiced carrot cake. Introducing the Carrot Cake Banana Bread – it's the comfort food hybrid you didn't know you needed. It's a perfect excuse to use those overripe bananas and sneak in some veggies without anyone being the wiser. Plus, it's topped off with a creamy frosting that'll make your heart sing. So grab your mixing bowl and let’s bake something that'll turn your ordinary day into a ‘slice’ of heaven!

This recipe is so easy, that you can whip it up with your eyes closed (okay, maybe keep one eye open). We're going to create a quick bread that's moist, flavorful, and packed with goodies. And don't worry, it's designed for kitchen newbies and veteran bakers alike. We'll follow it up with a slather of luscious frosting that'll make you the hero of any brunch or coffee break. Now, let’s roll up those sleeves and get started!


For the Banana Bread:

  • Cooking spray, for greasing your magic bread vessel
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs (they're bringing the fluff)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (for that sweet aroma)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (balance, my friend)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (the star of the show)
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots (hidden veggies, hooray!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, and some more for that fancy top garnish

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to the touch
  • 1 cup butter, softened (no lumps, please)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (sweetness galore!)


  1. Baking Prep: Crank up your oven to 350ºF (175ºC), grease up a 9" x 5" loaf pan with cooking spray, and lay down a parchment paper like you mean business.

  2. Butter & Sugar Mix: In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar until you've got a smooth talker.

  3. Wet Ingredients: Crack in those eggs, pour in milk, and splash in vanilla. Mix until it looks like the beginning of something beautiful.

  4. Dry Ingredients: Into the gala, slowly welcome the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg, stirring until they're all part of the squad.

  5. Fruit & Veg Mix: Gently fold in mashed bananas, grated carrots, and chopped pecans. Stir until just combined – lumps are OK, they're part of the charm.

  6. Bake it Up: Pour your pretty batter into the prepared pan, smooth it out, and bake for about an hour. You're looking for a toothpick to play the role of the clean(ish) hero when it comes out.

  7. Frosting Beatdown: While the bread is cooling off, grab another bowl and beat cream cheese and butter until they're as smooth as jazz. Add in vanilla and salt, then gooey up the mixture with powdered sugar until it's fluffy and spreadable.

  8. Frost & Garnish: When your bread has cooled its heels, frost the top and crown it with a sprinkle of pecans for that nutty nobility.

And just like that, you've transformed everyday ingredients into a Carrot Cake Banana Bread that'll make your taste buds tap dance. Serve up that slab of yumminess and watch the adoration in your friends and family’s eyes. Go ahead, take a bow – you earned it!