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Monday, November 14, 2011

A Healthier Pumpkin Bread

This has always been a favorite of mine this time of year. I wanted to find a healthier recipe, seeing how I am watching my sugar and fat consumption.I found this recipe using olive oil and thought that I would try it. My daughter doesn't eat sugar, so I have to change the sugar amount and use a substitute. If you would like to reduce the amount of sugar in your pumpkin bread, substitute ½ cup of Splenda granular sweetener for ½ cup of the sugar. If you do, add an extra ½ teaspoon of baking soda to help your bread rise. I make a cranberry bread with all Splenda and that works out fine. It makes a more crumbly loaf, however. My very favorite quick bread is a lemon bread with a lemon glaze. It tastes so good with a cup of tea....almost a dessert. I love to have several loaves of these breads in the freezer during holiday time. If company comes I can pull one out and in a matter of a few minutes we can have a treat with coffee. I like to give loaves of all different kinds of breads for holiday gifts too. Sometimes I wrap a loaf in a pretty tea towel when I give it away. During the holidays you can find pretty aluminum pans to bake these in.


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Method

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.

2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.(I don't chop these too fine so they get lost in the bread) I sometimes add raisins or chopped dates. Just mix these with a little flour, so they don't sink to the bottom of the loaf.

3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

Can easily double the recipe.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

Balisha

6 comments:

FlowerLady said...

This looks and sounds delicious! I use olive oil, both extra virgin and the light.

FlowerLady

Barbee' said...

Mmmm! I bet it smells good at your house.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am going to make this recipe for the company we are having this Sunday. Thanks Balisha! How are you? I was thinking of you today and all the things you have to do to get ready for winter. Putting your plants in for the winter..still..as much as I dislike cold, I do envy the beauty of where you live.
Maybe I will make this bread tomorrow. Just in the mood to bake. :)
Much love,
Mona

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I love pumpkin bread. Use olive oil and have started adding a cup of fresh cranberries to this recipe. Colorful and healthy.
Thank you for your kind notes to me :)

Margie's Musings said...

I always use olive oil for any recipe that calls for oil.

This sounds wonderful!

Barbara said...

Would not have thought of Pumpkin bread but I guess it is no different to apple or banana in texture. They look good.