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
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, sucanat or sugar, and eggs.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk just until combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- 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
- Combine all ingredients in a medium pot, cook over high heat until the apple juice is rapidly boiling.
- Reduce to medium heat, cover, and cook for 5-10 minutes, until all of the cranberries are popped and the apples are tender.
- Transfer the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth.
- 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!