Autumn Pumpkin Bread
My favorite way to enjoy this bread is with a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee, or a warm cup of herbal tea on a beautiful crisp autumn day. This bread loaf is full of autumn spices and will fill up your house with wonderful welcoming autumn scent. It's not too sweet, but it's so nourishing and satisfying, Enjoy and savor each bite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Baking Time 60 minutes
Yields 10-12 Servings
2 cups of all-purpose flour (substitute with a whole-wheat, oat or almond flour)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp ground flax seeds dissolved in 6 tbsp of water (substitute with 2 eggs)
1/4 cup of plain yogurt
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup of olive oil (substitute: butter)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar (substitute: Coconut sugar, or 1 cup of maple syrup)
Optional - add 1/2 cup shredded coconut, or 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350F
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, spices, salt, stirring with a whisk.
Place sugar and olive oil in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
Add ground flaxseeds dissolved in water (or add eggs if using), add pumpkin puree, yogurt and vanilla; beat until blended.
Add flour mixture; beat at low speed until moist.
Stir in coconut and/or walnuts if using, until all ingredients have been well combined.
Spoon batter into a 9 x 5 - inch loaf pan lightly coated with oil.
Bake at 350F for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Make sure to check and if needed bake for additional 15minutes.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes on wire rack, remove from pan.
Allow it to completely cool, then slice and enjoy with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or with tea, or on it's own.
Note- this pumpkin bread loaf is loaded with nutrients and great for kids lunchbox or as a snack too.
Pumpkin Nutrition Information: Beta-carotene, potassium, Vitamin C.
Pumpkin Health benefits - in traditional Chinese medicine, pumpkin is used to treat eczema, edema, and diabetes. Cooked pumpkin and it's seeds are used as an antiparasitic. Pumpkin is great for those seeking weight management because it is low in calories and high in fiber, it may be cancer-protective thanks to it's high antioxidant levels, especially carotenoids. The vitamins in pumpkin promote skin health, Vitamin C works in tandem with protein to create more collagen, which benefits those with osteoarthritis and joint pain.
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