A Healthier Pumpkin Bread

Healthier Pumpkin Bread Recipe

My eight year old daughter helped me make a double batch of this pumpkin bread for her third grade Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. What she doesn’t know is that I wrote this recipe for her when she was a toddler in an attempt to sneak some veggies and fiber into her diet and it’s still working. <evil laugh> This recipe is super moist and flavorful and can be made with or without nuts that look like a Batman insignia when sliced.

Rachel Divider

Healthier pumpkin bread


1 loaf

Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

60 minutes



healthier pumpkin bread

  • 6 tablespoons of butter OR coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk OR any other milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup walnuts OR pecans (optional)
  • 5-6 finely chopped prunes (optional)
  • loaf pan

Let’s Make it

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a loaf pan.
  • Cream butter with sugars.  Add eggs and pumpkin.
  • Mix dry ingredients in separate bowl.
  • In another bowl, mix milk and vanilla.
  • Add dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with wet ingredients to the butter/sugar/egg/pumpkin mixture. 
  • Stir in nuts and/or prunes if adding and pour into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for one hour or until toothpick comes out of center cleanly. Cool completely before removing from pan.


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Kathi Riemer

This looks like a healthy, tasty recipe. I will add some cranberries. Pinned!

Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Tracy @ Our Simple Life

I didn't have pumpkin so I used mashed sweet potatoes instead it turned out great!