Healthy Dessert: Pumpkin Bread Recipe

While it can be easy to overeat at a Thanksgiving feast, you can still provide a healthy dessert option for your family. When deciding on a dessert to make for Thanksgiving dinner, consider this Pumpkin Bread recipe.

Did you know pumpkins are a great source of vitamin A, which helps support skin health? Don’t forget to show appreciation for your body every day by satisfying the daily recommended values.

Makes 2 loaves (9 x 5”)

Ingredients:easy pumpkin bread recipe

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened
  • applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the oil, applesauce, eggs, pumpkin puree, sugar and water until well combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the walnuts at the end, making sure to get all the ingredients incorporated from the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Divide the batter equally between two greased 9 x 5” loaf pans.
  6. Bake loaves for 60-80 minutes, until loaves are golden brown and baked through in the center. Let cool for five minutes in the pan then invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.

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