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Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipes



Pumpkin bread is traditional sweet desert bread, popular especially in the late fall and early winter months when fresh pumpkins are available. Making pumpkin bread is so simple and it tastes good and healthy too! Plus, pumpkin bread recipe is such a quick and easy bread recipe for you to use up your leftover pumpkin, especially the pumpkin carved up for Halloween. healthy pumpkin bread

Pumpkin bread calls for pumpkin puree, which you can either get from the fresh pumpkin or from a can. Frequent add-ins to the recipe include chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and raisins.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is really a good stuff. It is an excellent source of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene which our body translated into Vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and helps us to build strong immune system. Beta-carotene may also reverse skin damage caused by the sun; while alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipes Collection

  1. Easy and Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Chocolate Chips
  2. Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Canned Pumpkin
  3. Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Fresh Pumpkin
  4. Easy and Healthy, Moist and Spiced Pumpkin Bread Recipe
  5. Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Recipe
  6. Easy and Healthy Banana Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Easy Healthy Recipe #1: Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin bread is generally healthy bread. By using healthy and low fat oil, this low fat pumpkin bread is low in calorie, but rich in taste.

Ingredients:

  • Unbleached, all-purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
  • Baking soda - 1 1/4 teaspoons
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pumpkin puree (canned or fresh) - 1 cup
  • Firmly-packed brown sugar - 1 cup
  • Low-fat or nonfat buttermilk - 1/2 cup
  • Egg - 1
  • Canola oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Chocolate chips - 1/4 cup

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Easy Healthy Recipe #2: Pumpkin Bread with Canned Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin makes your work easier. By using a pumpkin puree from a can, we can get a stronger pumpkin flavor than the leftover pumpkin. This recipe is the super healthy version with no sugar. If you don’t mind in getting sweeter, you just need to add some sugar (maybe 1 to 1 ½ cup) to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour - 3 1/2 cups
  • Salt - 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Baking soda - 2 teaspoons
  • Nutmeg - 4 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon - 4 teaspoons
  • Water - 2/3 cup
  • Apple sauce - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 4
  • Pumpkin - 1 can
  • Chopped walnuts - 1 cup

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Easy Healthy Recipe #3: Pumpkin Bread with Fresh Pumpkin Puree

With this recipe, you can skip the canned pumpkin and get better taste and nutrition by using fresh pumpkin in your healthy pumpkin bread.

Well, generally you can use the ingredients in Easy Healthy Recipe #1 or Easy Healthy Recipe #2. The challenge here is you need to make your own pumpkin puree scratch from the fresh pumpkin.

How to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkin:

  1. First, cut a small pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and strings.
  2. Take a roasting pan and lay the halves upside down (cut side down).
  3. You can rub a little canola oil on the surface of the pumpkin. (optional)
  4. Bake them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until pumpkin tender. You can see that the pumpkin turns deep dark orange. Check the tenderness by piercing a fork in.
  5. Cool them for few minutes, then scoop out the flesh of the pumpkins.
  6. Now mash the flesh using your spoons, or you can use a food processor to help you. Stir until the liquid is sieved completely and you will get some rich thick pumpkin puree.

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Easy Healthy Recipe #4: Moist and Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

  • Sugar - 3 cups
  • Vegetable oil - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 4, lightly beaten
  • Solid pack pumpkin - 1 (16 ounce) can
  • All-purpose flour - 3 1/2 cups
  • Baking soda - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Ground nutmeg - 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground cloves - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground allspice - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Water - 1/2 cup

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Easy Healthy Recipe #5: Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Ingredients:

  • Canned pumpkin - 1 can (15 oz)
  • Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup
  • Dried cranberries - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 2 cup
  • Eggs - 2
  • All-purpose flour - 2 1/4 cup
  • Pumpkin pie spice - 1 tablespoon
  • Baking powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon

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Easy Healthy Recipe #6: Banana Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

  • Ripe banana - 1, mashed
  • Pumpkin puree - 1 cup
  • Canola oil - 1/4 cup
  • Large egg - 1
  • Egg whites - 2
  • All-purpose flour - 2 cups
  • Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Baking soda - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar - 2/3 cup
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ginger - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

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How to make pumpkin bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a loaf pan by spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder and spice (if any).
  4. In another larger bowl, mix sugar or applesauce, egg, oil and buttermilk (if any) together. Add pumpkin puree and banana (if you are baking banana pumpkin bread) into the mixture alternately with some water.
  5. Add the dry ingredients in the small bowl to the wet ingredient in large bowl. Beat until just moist.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips or nuts or cranberries or bananas according to your recipe.
  7. Pour the dough into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 to 1 ½ hour, or until bread test done, i.e. toothpick placed in center should have comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack; cool completely.

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Suggestions and variations:

  • The nuts are optional but they give your pumpkin bread a richer taste. There are a variety of add-ons such as chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, You can always substitute the nuts in the recipe to your own choice. You can also add dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins, for variety.
  • You can beat the wet ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed to get the consistency.

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