pumpkin bread

pumpkin loaves

a few months ago, i attended an estate sale of a deceased great-uncle. in his home being sold was a treasure trove of baking and cooking tools. i restrained myself, and chose 3 practical items. -a potato ricer, a tart pan, and a set of bread pans that happen to be a really funky size. who in the world uses a 7 3/8 x 3 3/8 loaf pan?? i have no clue. i just knew that aunt willow marie would be proud of all of the baking that i do. she would want me to have these tools. her and my grandmother were the stars of the show with their cookies and cakes, and i remember very vividly helping to bake warm breads, gingersnap cookies, nut rolls, and amazing pies. i had been waiting to use these special pans until i found something i was super confident would turn out on the first try.

this is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes i have ever whipped together. i knew exactly what i wanted the result to be, and actually ended up with exactly that.

i used whey protein powder here not only for extra protein, but also to soak up some extra water from the pumpkin puree, though coconut flour could be subbed into its place. this is a fairly healthy recipe, as all of the ingredients fit into the primal blueprint that i try to follow. it is packed with protein, and the sweetness level can be adjusted to individual taste. add chopped, toasted pecans for even more of a protein fix if you so wish.

as you can see, i like a nice tall loaf. many times quick breads are short in the loaf pan, never exceeding half of the height of the pan. not here. i like nice, full slices.

the bread turns out perfectly moist, without feeling soggy or wet. i think the sweetness is perfect. -just enough for a dessert, not too much for midday snacking. i even think it would make a great breakfast slice.

it tastes just like it should, full of pumpkin flavor and a little bite of spice. i hear people say often that pumpkin breads using wheat flour doesn’t taste much like pumpkin, rather like pumpkin spices. i don’t do that. pumpkin should taste like pumpkin as the main ingredient, not a component. just as apple based recipes should taste like apples, not like apple spices.

substitution reminders:

coconut flour may be subbed in for whey protein.

honey may be subbed in for maple syrup, if you must.

9×5 standard loaf pan would be a fine stand in here if you don’t have funky loaf pans like i do. also, i’m sure this recipe translates very well into muffin, just be sure to shorten the baking time.

this could be given a cream cheese frosting, but i really like it without. it is totally sweet enough to stand alone.

slices perfectly

pumpkin bread

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 eggs

1 cup maple syrup

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2/3 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 packed cups almond meal

1/2 cup whey protein powder or coconut flour, measure, then sift

optional stir-ins: handful of toasted, chopped pecans, chopped crystalized ginger


preheat oven to 350f. grease 2 small (7 3/8x 3 3/8) or 1 regular (9×5) loaf pan. i like to cut a large strip of parchment paper for easy removal.

combine all ingredients, beating well with handmixer. pour into loaf pans.

bake for 45 minutes, until toothpick comes clean when inserted in the middle.

remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes or so before using knife to separate edges from pan. gently remove loaf. i like to slice when it is still pretty warm. place on a wire rack to allow it to cool completely. the crisp edges of the end piece is my favorite.

try to allow 20 good minutes to cool before removing from pan.


22 thoughts on “pumpkin bread

    • tablespoon:

      i am pumpkin crazy too! pumpkin everything is also one of my favorite fall features, along with apples!! maybe i should work on apple bread, next!

  1. Great blog!! So happy I found it. I have been gluten free for a while but now I am eliminating all grains.after reading the GAPS diet and “Wheat Belly.” This is going to be a fun journey. Can’t wait to try this bread with cranberries.

    • susan:
      thanks for saying so! the gaps diet is awesome, i’m sure you’ll feel like a million bucks on it! many of my recipes are gaps friendly if you take into consideration a few minor modifications.
      let me know how the bread turns out!

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  3. I just made a batch with some tweaks: I used 1/2 c. maple syrup and 1/2 c. coconut milk (Trader Joe’s unsweetened in the carton) and added a bit of stevia to make up the sweetness and I used 1/4 c. vanilla whey protein and 1/4 coconut flour. I also added walnuts. It turned out so great! My hubby really liked it too:) Great recipe!

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  5. Thank you for some inspiration! I’m very new to grain-free recipes/lifestyle. My foray into the no flour/no sugar world was supposed to be short-lived; a simple 30 day work challenge. The result? My friend constantly cheated, I didn’t, and 41 days later I’m still at it. It’s amazing how much better I feel; even my allergies and asthma have improved!
    The pumpkin bread is in the oven and the kitchen smells wonderful. The batter consistency was very different from normal pumpkin bread. The recipe said “pour,” but there was a little more scooping involved. I had to get creative with the sweetener, so I’m hoping I didn’t mess anything up. If it turns out as beautifully as yours, I’ll let you know. Thanks again!

    • good for you!!!!!
      my only thought with the consistency would be that you may have used a pinch too much coconut flour or a pinch too little of the liquid.

  6. Thanks for the recipe! I made some last night. Instead of honey I used some coconut milk and I also added a little rice flour. And sprinkled pumpkin seeds on top. Delish,!, but more like a cake than bread. Any tips ?

      • Since this is a wordpress website you can add a print friendly plugin that will allow you to add a print friendly button to your posts. I like to use one called Print Friendly & PDF.

        I have a loaf of this in the oven right now. Annnnnticipaaaation 🙂 It’s an awfully thick batter. I hope I didn’t mess something up.

  7. I have been following the Paleo diet for a year now and I must say this pumpkin bread recipe is delicious and I just want to thank you for sharing.

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