by Olena

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

by Olena

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and no sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

This healthy pumpkin bread has a story.

Years ago, when I first went to Starbucks I was mesmerized by their baked goods. I did try the Starbucks pumpkin bread which is tasty but waaaaaaay too sweet for my clean tooth. Also it is not made with wholesome ingredients. Not even close. I bet it contains white flour, white sugar and some type of cheap GMO oil. Starbucks food looks awesome but the nutrition facts would kill even someone who you can’t kill anymore.

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and no sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

On a side note, it took me around 12 years of living in Canada before I set my foot in Starbucks. Why go spend $2-5 for a cup of something you can make at home for $0.20?! When your entire family’s monthly income is $2K, you simply do not go to Starbucks. I remember back in 2011 we had a 4 year old, a newborn and both of us unemployed scrambling for pennies to pay the mortgage so we do not end up losing our house. And before that we were paying off student loans, buying real estate, getting married and having babies. The last thing on my mind was to give my hard earned money to Starbucks.

Many immigrants really do watch every penny because there is no mom and dad to help. Although both of our poor single moms did try to help with last of their $’s as much as they could. But it was so uncomfortable to receive that type of help for me and Alex. We did few times, like I said, when we couldn’t pay our mortgage. So, the last thing we were gonna do was to buy a cup of Starbucks with our moms’ hard earned pennies. Anyways.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and no sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

Obviously, things have improved by 2012 when I started writing my blog. Clearly I was going to Starbucks occasionally and craving their pumpkin bread which lead me to re-create my own healthy pumpkin bread, healthy banana bread (followed by amazingly reviewed healthy banana muffins) and even healthy pumpkin muffins with cream cheese. So, this whole wheat pumpkin bread recipe was my 2nd recipe I ever posted. 

I have changed the recipe later and posted this version in 2013. In case, you liked the previous recipe I am posting it here for you. Otherwise, the main recipe is new as of 2017.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and no sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and no sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

Clearly, my understanding of “healthy” has evolved over the years. At first, I thought as long as bread contains no sugar and applesauce instead of oil, we can call it healthy. With white flour. RIP.

Then I switched to white whole wheat flour, oat or wheat bran and flaxseed.

As years went by, I found myself not really baking with white whole wheat flour because I can’t find it. Plus I am not sure if it is really that much more nutritious than all purpose flour. Is it? Anyways, when fall and all things pumpkin season comes I find myself not being able to bake my own pumpkin bread recipe LOL. Ridiculous, right?!

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and no sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

Now that I have simplified the recipe, I bake this healthy pumpkin bread every Fall. It is hearty, healthy and delicious. If you feel like baking something pumpkin without flour, try these healthy pumpkin blondies or flourless pumpkin muffins.

Be healthy!

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup and no sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe with canned pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, oats and no refined sugar. Easy, moist and delicious.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Yield: 12 slices

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 9 x 5 loaf pan with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs for 10 seconds. Add applesauce, pumpkin puree, maple syrup or honey, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt and whisk well until mixture is smooth and no visible lumps.
  3. Add oat flour and whole wheat flour; mix gently just enough to combine. Be careful not to over mix. Add walnuts and pumpkin seeds; give a few more gentle stirs to combine. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and level gently with spatula. Sprinkle with a handful of pumpkin seeds. Bake for 90 minutes our until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  4. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for 30 minutes. Holding onto the flaps of parchment paper remove pumpkin bread from a loaf pan and let it cool off completely before slicing. This bread is dense and delicate. Slice into 12 thicker slices with serrated bread knife.

Store: Store covered in a cool dry place for up to 5 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

*This pumpkin bread is moderately sweet. **You can make your own oat flour by grinding up quick oats in a blender or food processor.

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  1. Hi Olena, just made your pumpkin bread and I can’t stop eating it, it is AMAZING, seriously AMAZING !!!!!! I’ve eaten half the loaf, thank god it’s healthily. It’s SO fluffy and tasty !
    Thank you Olena ???☺️?

  2. I give too many of my hard earned pennies to Starbucks– I rationalize it because I never go out and buy alcohol– and I always drink tea and water at home, so it’s the only money I spend on drinks really. And, I drink Americanos so they aren’t very expensive! I am the same as you- I cannot handle store bought baked goods– doesn’t the sugar almost burn it’s so sweet? I always make homemade versions with the smallest amount of sweetener I can get away with, and we are just used to that now and it is plenty sweet for us! This bread is every bit as beautiful as the pieces at Starbucks– in fact, more beautiful! Pinning 🙂

    1. I would rationalize it like you if I were you. I already buy wine so having another “addiction” is not OK for my budget. I wish I could make wine at home. Tasty organic wine. I could make moonshine though LOL.
      Burning sensation of sugar is the most right away to put it. My whole mouth ix exploding when I eat any commercially made sweets. Why eat more of sugar, right?! Sugar is a silent killer!!!
      Thank you so much for your kind words.

  3. So…I’m starting a thirty day challenge this Friday. No white flour, or refined sugar. I’m making my husband join the party because he could benefit from this as well. Your blog saves me! lol Oh and wish me luck!

    1. Good! You will be fine! Combine it with a few HIIT workouts a week and you will see a big difference. Not to mention how much your gut flora will improve with good bacteria!

  4. I just finished off the last of this bread – it was perfect! I was looking for a recipe to use up some halloween pumpkin puree and found this one. It is absolutely delicious and I feel good about giving it to my family. Thank you! I love the blog and will be coming back often for inspiration ; )

  5. I just made this pumpkin bread and it cooked perfectly & right on time. Instead of using parchment paper, I sprayed the pan with cooking spray and then floured the pan. It came out of the pan easily. One thing I would do next time is make it sweeter. It is fine for my taste, but others in the family may not be so easily convinced! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Haha, yes for some people out there with not so cleaned up taste buds it might be not sweet enough.;) I feel like you though.:) Glad you liked it.:)

  6. Community Health Store now carries the “Farmer’s Market” brand that you had in your picture. With BPA free liner. And they were on sale for Thanksgiving, so I stocked up. I am going to try the crumb muffin next. I am taking a “staycation-vacation” week, so cooking and freezing treats. I cannot stick to any healthy eating plan if I don’t have a treat, so just with this bread I am set for a few weeks of treats 🙂

    1. Oh, cool. I hear you. I do the same. I’d rather bake healthy treats and stock up on organic dark chocolate, than reach for cr@p. And we know, the sweet tooth devil moment will come.:) Have fun!:)

  7. Thanks for a great recipe! I made it today and it took me less than 10 minutes to get it in the oven. I did not have any apple sauce on hand, but substituted with blended bananas 1:1. Bananas did not overpower at all and i could definitely taste the pumpkin flavor. I also used 1/3 cup of coconut sugar instead of agave. I mixed it in 1/2 cup of warm water and added to wet ingredients. If i was using apple sauce and not bananas, i would probably go up to 1/2 cup of coconut sugar. This bread is a keeper!

    1. You are welcome.:) Great substitutions, I’ll keep that in mind. Did you manage to find BPA free organic pumpkin puree?

    1. Yes. Either 1/2 cup sugar and a bit more applesauce. Like 1/4 -1/3 cup. Just to make a thick dough. Or use the same amount of honey as agave.