Spring is finally here! So, I figured that now is a better time than never to use my last remaining can of pumpkin. I decided to make a delicious nutritious loaf of pumpkin bread.
Pumpkin is one of the superest of super foods. It contains the antioxidant beta carotene, which then becomes vitamin A. Vitamin A helps our eyesight, it makes our skin glow, and improves our immune system. Pumpkin has lots of fiber to help with digestion, and can suppress your appetite to eat less. One serving of pumpkin also has almost half of the amount of iron needed per day. This food has Vitamin E which boosts the immune system. Very important for this time of year. I know that I can easily get sick when the temperature fluctuates over the next several weeks. Pumpkin can reduce inflammation, which prevents people from chronic conditions like type II diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis. Who would deny a delicious slice of pumpkin bread in the spring time after knowing all of those healthy hints?
This recipe turned out pretty spectacular. I cut a lot of the sugar, so it’s not exactly a sweet bread, but it is very moist. Enjoy a slice in the morning for breakfast, or as an energy boosting mid-day snack.
Vegan Pumpkin Bread
Yields one loaf of pumpkin bread using a 4×8 loaf pan
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1 can pure pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup oats, leave some extra for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven 350° F
- Grease and flour loaf pan, set aside
- In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves
- In a separate mixing bowl combine wet ingredients: pumpkin, oil, and coconut milk
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed together. Fold in oats.
- Once all ingredients are mixed, pour into baking pan, and sprinkle remaining oats on the top for garnish.
- Place in the oven, and bake for approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour. Check loaf of bread with a toothpick to see when it is finished.