The Perfect Pumpkin Bread Recipe for Every Occasion
Pumpkin bread is a delicious and nutritious treat.
It’s perfect if you’re craving something sweet but without the nasty ingredients that can mess up your hormones and your overall health.
Pumpkin is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. In this particular recipe, I also include a couple of spices to enhance the flavor of this bread. If you have these spices in your pantry right now, that’s awesome because you’re good to go!
This pumpkin bread recipe is found in the Healthy Treasures Cookbook, among other tasty and nutrient-dense recipes for you and your family. I recommend that you check it out as there are dozens of great dishes in this book for your everyday meal ideas.
And today, I would like to share with you my very own pumpkin bread recipe that is very healthy, guilt-free, and so easy to make. Let’s cook up this amazing healthy bread that is perfect for snacks, dessert, and even special occasions!
Principles of a Healthy Lifestyle
This pumpkin bread recipe is definitely something that will fit well in your healthy diet and lifestyle.
Because it is made of natural and nutritious ingredients that are exactly what your body needs.
I always tell people in the Treasures of Healthy Living Bible Study that there are three important principles to excellent, thriving health.
One, it is to eat foods that God called “food”.
This one is plain and simple, yet it is quite life-changing.
In fact, by simply understanding and adhering to this principle, you can change your life for the better.
So by food, we’re talking about fresh produce, grains, and all of the other foods mentioned in the Bible. This is why there is also the Bible Diet, which promotes the goodness and health benefits of consuming biblical food.
The second principle is to eat foods as close to God’s design as possible.
This is what I always teach you. Avoid consuming food that has been altered beyond recognition.
Heavily processed, chemical-laden “foods” sold in stores are definitely a no-no if you want to be truly healthy and vibrant. Stay away from products that contain additives, high fructose, pesticides, GMO, and all of those things that will only wreck your body.
And number three, do not let any food become an addiction.
Your body is a temple, and you need to do the best you can to preserve it, take care of it, and nourish it with life-giving foods. This means making smart choices when you are at the supermarket, choosing quality food over junk food, and preparing food lovingly at home by using natural ingredients your body deserves.
More often than not, people become addicted to food and suffer from emotional eating. In the end, they feel worse about themselves.
Perhaps they try to stick to a diet and tell themselves they will start eating healthier and put an end to their addiction to food but end up reverting to their old habits...
I have written a very comprehensive post that will hopefully inspire and encourage you to stick to a healthy diet and say yes to life once more!
Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Bread
Typical pumpkin bread has a lot of carbs and sweetness to it.
This is why it is more of a treat than an everyday dish.
I still agree with that but I’m going to teach you how you can increase the nutritional value of this pumpkin bread recipe to make it unlike any other. It is nothing like the ones you buy at the bakery or at the store.
When you cook for your family, you want to be in control of how much nutritional value is in the food you eat.
The flour we will use in this recipe, for instance, is one that is much more nutritious than store-bought. Plus it’s fresher, too!
I mill my own flour, and I encourage you to do the same. You see, the white flour you buy in stores is pretty much stripped off of all the essential nutrients. That’s the dark secret about white flour that not many people know.
Instead, I use freshly-milled whole wheat flour, which I make using my handy mini mill. It only takes a few seconds to mill any type of flour whether you want it to be gluten-free or regular.
Then, we use lovely spices to this pumpkin bread recipe to enhance the flavor, and we have nutmeg and cinnamon to give it that nutty, sweet, and aromatic quality.
We will also use olive oil and eggs to this bread recipe, so if you used to make pumpkin bread before that’s a little on the dry side, these ingredients will help it become a little moist and just the right texture.
And of course, we have the primary ingredient to this recipe, which is pumpkin. It’s got a weak flavor but when we talk about the nutritional value, it could rank as high as kale!
Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, E, C, B6, iron, B1, potassium, manganese, copper, and phosphorus. It’s also got fiber, which is important for regular and efficient elimination of wastes in the body.
But that’s not all…
This pumpkin bread recipe also contains chickpea protein to increase the protein level of this delicious dish. With the nuts included, the eggs, and the chickpea protein powder, it’s a powerhouse of nutrients in this recipe!
It definitely belongs to all my other recipes in my Healthy Treasures Cookbook, which are all winning recipes because of the high protein and fiber content. And most of all, they all taste delicious!
A Quick Note about this Pumpkin Bread Recipe
I also like to add that this recipe can use pumpkin puree as a substitute to canned pumpkin.
To make pumpkin puree, simply cute up a pie pumpkin in half and take the seeds and strings out. Cut in large chunks and put them on a baking sheet with about an inch of water.
Bake the pumpkin at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes to an hour.
You may add more water to make sure it does not dry out. Make sure the pumpkin is fork tender, and once ready, remove from the oven.
Let it cool for a few minutes, then remove the skin and put your cooked pumpkin in a blender.
Blend it up until smooth, and there you have your pumpkin puree!
Pumpkin Bread Recipe
A nutrient-dense bread recipe for the whole family.
The Perfect Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe
- 2 cups (470 ml) canned pumpkin or strained fresh pumpkin
- 3 cups (720 ml) whole wheat flour soft white pastry
- 3 teaspoons nutmeg
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) applesauce
- 3 cups (720 ml) sucanat or 1½ cup (360 ml) honey
- 4 eggs
- 2⁄3 cup (150 ml) water
- 1⁄3 cup (75 ml) olive oil
- Nuts and dates optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Mix all the dry ingredients well in a bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients and combine until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour mixture into loaf pans.
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Store in refrigerator or freezer.
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Hi, I’m Annette Reeder-
I’m a christian nutritionist. I love Jesus and want to see His people come to walk in the complete abundant life He provides, mind, body, spirit. I love to make healthy food as yummy as possible and then share it with you! I am on mission to keep you on mission.
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