Fall in love with this easy, whole-wheat pumpkin bread recipe.
By: Jodie Shield, MED, RDN
When I think about fall, the first thing that comes to mind: bright-orange pumpkins. Sure, they make festive Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations, but they’re delicious and nutritious, too. Pumpkins are a type of winter squash loaded with antioxidants like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein. These powerful phytonutrients help protect us from heart disease, cancer, and may prevent age-related vision loss. Another healthy pumpkin perk: pumpkin is a low-fat source of vitamin E and rich in fiber and potassium.
Since most of us are familiar with pumpkin pie, I decided to try Libby’s classic Pumpkin-Cranberry Bread recipe. However, it called for so much sugar – 3 cups for two loaves! So, I cut the recipe in half and reduced the sugar content by 25 percent. I also used whole-wheat white flour for added fiber. The result: perfectly browned, moist pumpkin bread! Be sure to try the Pumpkin Hemp Seed Bread recipe that I developed for Food and Nutrition Magazine. Some of my other quick bread favorites are Applesauce Bread and Banana Nut Bread all on my FREE app Eat Healthy: Homemade Meals in Minutes. You can download it now at iTunes or GogglePlay.
Prep Time = 20 minutes
Cooking Time = 60 minutes
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 1 ¾ cups white whole-wheat flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teapoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup sweetened dried, fresh, or frozen cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with nonstick vegetable oil spray.
- Combine, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl; set aside.
- Combine pumpkin, oil, and eggs in a separate mixing bowl.
- Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until wooden pic inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan and cook on wire rack.
Nutritional Information per Serving (1 slice): 244 calories, 4 grams protein, 34 grams carbohydrate, 11 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 31 milligrams cholesterol, 4 grams fiber, 159 milligrams sodium