Sunday, October 20, 2013

Simple, Healthy, Awesome Pumpkin Bread

The title pretty much sums this one up. It's simple--no streusel toppings, mix-ins, or glazes (though feel free to add your own). It's healthy--100% whole wheat, minimal sugar. It's awesome (as in amazingly delicious, moist, spicy, and comforting).

The bread needs no more words!

Simple, Healthy, Awesome Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk (dairy or nondairy; I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 2/3 cup sucanat or light brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites (or just use 2 whole eggs)
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, sucanat or sugar, and eggs.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  5. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. Or gobble it up while it's still warm.

Okay, maybe a few more words can be said about the bread... Words like "it's even more awesome with homemade ginger cranberry apple butter." Yeah, that should do it. 

Ginger Cranberry Apple Butter

  • about 2 1/2 cups diced apples (no need to peel them; I used Macintosh)
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sucanat or light brown sugar (or even maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup apple juice or apple cider
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot, cook over high heat until the apple juice is rapidly boiling.
  2. Reduce to medium heat, cover, and cook for 5-10 minutes, until all of the cranberries are popped and the apples are tender.
  3. Transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth. 
  4. Pour the sauce back into the pot and cook over medium-low heat until it's thickened as much as you'd like. Mine was the consistency of jam or preserves. Make sure you stir frequently to prevent burning.

Marine Corps Marathon update: ONE WEEK! I ran 3 miles on the treadmill yesterday with no ankle pain, but my ankle is a little sore today...not really a good sign. Right now, I'm hoping I can bang out the marathon with plenty of walking breaks and be able to continue training for the Dopey Challenge in January without too long of a setback. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

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