Nov 26, 2013

A Healthier Pumpkin Bread

My eight year old daughter helped me make a double batch of this pumpkin bread for her third grade Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. What she doesn't know is that I wrote this recipe for her when she was a toddler in an attempt to sneak some veggies and fiber into her diet and it's still working. <evil laugh> This recipe is super moist and flavorful and can be made with or without nuts that look like a Batman insignia when sliced.
Yield: One loaf

6 tablespoons of butter OR coconut oil
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree

DRY Ingredients (mix together in a separate bowl)
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

WET Ingredients:
1/3 cup buttermilk OR any other milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Ingredients:
½ cup walnuts OR pecans
5-6 finely chopped prunes  
 Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a loaf pan.

Cream butter with sugars. Add eggs and pumpkin.

Add dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with wet ingredients.

Stir in nuts and/or prunes. Pour into prepared pan. 
 Bake for one hour or until toothpick comes out of center cleanly. Cool completely before removing from pan.

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  1. YUM! Love the nuts & spices.

  2. Jenifer Davis11/26/13, 12:07 PM

    I just happen to have a couple of pie pumpkins I need to roast today.. great timing on the recipe, lol. Think I will make some pumpkin bread today.

  3. TheChickenChick11/26/13, 10:17 PM

    Let me know how it turns out, Jenifer. I have never had luck baking with real pumpkins. I heard a chef on the Today Show say that the canned pumpkin in the stores is actually Blue Hubbard Squash! :o

  4. Deborah Paterson11/27/13, 6:48 AM


  5. TheChickenChick11/27/13, 8:12 PM

    Thank you, Winnie! ♥

  6. I wish I had a piece of that bread right now, it would go perfect with my coffee! I bet is smells delicious too. Yummmmmm :-)

  7. Yum, this looks fantastic. And, I love that it's a healthier version of the usual suspect! I think I'll make a loaf this week!

  8. Tracy @ Our Simple Life10/13/14, 10:58 AM

    I didn't have pumpkin so I used mashed sweet potatoes instead it turned out great!

  9. Kathi Riemer10/15/14, 11:55 AM

    This looks like a healthy, tasty recipe. I will add some cranberries. Pinned!