Today, I’m bringing you my FIRST recipe on the blog using pumpkin. Yes, finally, my Healthy Pumpkin Walnut Bread recipe is up on the blog. This recipe is great for a make-ahead breakfast idea or as a light dessert with a cup of hot tea or coffee. If you love pumpkin, I think you’re going to love this quick, easy and healthy recipe.
Gosh, I cannot believe Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner. This year just flew by. This time of year is always bitter sweet. I’m always excited for the new year, but a little sad when the current year is coming to a close. During this time of year, I like to reflect on the good times and those times that were a bit challenging and how I overcame those challenges. Whether those challenges were with my blog or a life lesson, I overcame those obstacles. 2016 has been a great year, and I know 2017 will also be a year full of blessings.
As I sit here writing this blog post, I can smell the Healthy Pumpkin Walnut Bread and it smells sooooooo good. I actually did something a little different this time around. Actually, I’ve tried this method the last two times that I made this bread. I layered the bottom of the bread pan with crushed walnut to create a crust ‘so to speak’
then I poured the batter over the layer of crushed walnuts.
This creates a beautiful toasted walnut layer that adds texture with a very slight crunch. Another bit of a secret, I used applesauce. Yep, unsweetened applesauce. I tend to use unsweetened applesauce to cut calories.
As a side note, I also wanted to mention that lately I’ve been using lighter tasting extra virgin olive oil, and I absolutely love it. It really does have a much lighter taste than regular extra virgin olive oil which I think is perfect for baking.
If you like this recipe, check out my Healthier Banana Bread. I use some of the same ingredients.
As a tip, I tend to measure out all of my ingredients first and place them in separate small bowls or measuring cups as this makes the prepping process go a lot faster. This way, I am not taking out and measuring ingredients as I go.
I typically drizzle the top with a simple glaze for a little extra sweetness. This step is optional but oh so good.
Thanks for stopping by.
- 1-3/4 cup flour all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or a combination of both
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
- dash ground ginger
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil light tasting
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 cups crushed walnuts
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray bread pan using cooking spray with flour or spray with regular cooking spray and dust inside of bread pan with flour which is the method I used.
Layer the bottom of the bread pan with crushed walnuts making sure the crushed walnuts are added in a single layer over the entire surface.
Place brown sugar and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Using a mixer, mix ingredients until just incorporated. Add in eggs one at a time and mix just to break egg yolk. Add applesauce and pumpkin puree and mix. Using a rubber spatula mix in vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl or measuring cup, prepare dry ingredients: add flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix using a spoon.
Add half of dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix using a rubber spatula. Add remaining dry ingredients to wet ingredients and continue to mix. Pour batter into prepared bread pan and sprinkle the top with chopped walnuts.
Cook for 45 - 47 minutes. After 40 minutes or so, test using a toothpick to gauge how much longer your bread needs to cook.
Remove your bread from the pan and cool for a few minutes and ENJOY
You can drizzle the top with a simple glaze for added sweetness if you'd like. This step is optional