Pumpkin Bread

November 5, 2009


Great Pumpkin Loaf

My friend Jen G. bakes an exceptional pumpkin loaf, but her recipe begins with 3 cups of sugar. I scaled back her recipe and changed up a few ingredients. Here is the result. It’s not quite as yummy as Jen’s, but it’s a whole lot healthier. I also made great pancakes from this recipe. If you want to make pumpkin pancakes and a loaf, double the recipe.

Makes 1 loaf

1/2 cup agave

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1 large egg, plus 1 large white, save the yolk for your morning omelette

5 oz pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup brown rice flour

1/3 cup almond flour

1/4 cup ground flax

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon xantham gum

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

Pre-heat the oven to 350ยบ. Line a loaf pan with parchment and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk agave and coconut oil with egg and egg white. Add pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, almond milk and water. Set aside. In a larger bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients over and mix together. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 50 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a bamboo skewer into the centre, it will emerge cleanly when done. If you have doubled the recipe for pancakes, pour just half of the batter into the loaf pan and reserve the remaining batter. I fried my pumpkin pancakes in a little bit of coconut oil, they make a great breakfast treat.

PS – Check the comments section for easy instructions on how to make your own roasted sugar pumpkin puree.