Jen’s Pumpkin Bread +

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

2 eggs

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.

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**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

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As I always say, make my recipes your very own!

Then share your version with the world!

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