Pumpkins are in season here, but I admit I did not buy a fresh, local one for this recipe. When it comes to convenience it is unfortunately hard to beat a can of organic pumpkin puree. That doesn’t mean pumpkin season can’t put us in the mood for this super-easy quick bread recipe though! My 5-year-old has asked me about 20 times over the last week to make some pumpkin bread so this one is for her…grab some apple cider and enjoy!
Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread
This quick bread pumpkin recipe is a super easy, healthier version of a traditional favorite. It's dairy-free, has no sugar, and cleanup is a breeze - it uses just one bowl :)
- 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour, I used King Arthur's white whole-wheat flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger, ground
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the dry ingredients (from the flour down to the salt).
Make a well (hole) in the center and throw in the eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla. Stir together thoroughly with a fork, but do not overmix.
Fold in the pumpkin puree and nuts (if using).
For a loaf bake for approximately 30 – 40 minutes and for muffins bake for approximately 18 - 22 minutes. Check for doneness by making sure a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let the loaf (or muffins) cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely.
If the individual spices aren't available to you, substitute them with 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
You can try your hand at making your own pumpkin puree with this recipe - 2 Easy Ways To Make Pumpkin Puree.
For an extra treat, drop in a half cup of chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life brand) and, voila, pumpkin chocolate chip bread (or muffins)!
Some other great pumpkin recipes on the blog: