I popped into Target this morning to peruse the clearance and decided to treat myself to a coffee at the Starbucks (gold card-carrying coffee addict, right here!). Just a tall dark roast that I “doctored” up with a couple raw sugars, a bit of half & half and some of that vanilla powder in the spice shaker (tip: take the lid off and dump as much as you like! it’s way easier that way!!).
Being a pumpkin addict, too, I glanced at the loaves of pumpkin bread in the bakery case while waiting for my drink. But when I saw the price, $2.75 for a single slice, I knew I had to come home and make my own!
A far healthier & heartier version:
Jen’s Pumpkin Bread +
2 cups ground oats (as flour)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp cacao powder
1 can canned pumpkin puree (15 oz)
1/2 coconut oil
1 cup honey
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
2 cups raisins or dried cranberries
In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour through cacao powder). Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the wet ingredients (eggs through quinoa). Be sure to measure & pour the oil before the honey, that way your honey will slide out of the measuring cup!! Slowly add the dry to the wet and blend well. Stir in raisins/dried cranberries.
Grease & flour (I used some more ground flaxseed) a 9X13 baking dish or a loaf pan. Spoon mixture into dish and spread evenly.
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour for the baking dish; 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 hour for the loaf pan. Check for doneness with a toothpick. Set pan on a cooling rack when done.
**1 cup of dark chocolate chips can sub for 1 cup of the raisins/dried cranberries**
**1/2 cup chopped walnuts instead of chia seeds keeps the healthy fats**
**Unsweetened or cinnamon applesauce can be used over the coconut oil**
**Make them vegan by whipping up flax or chia “eggs” in place of chicken eggs**
The “+” in my pumpkin bread is added protein:
~7 grams in 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
~5 grams in 2 Tbsp cacao powder
~4-5 grams in 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
As I always say, make my recipes your very own!
Then share your version with the world!