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



Yield: One loaf 

6 tablespoons of butter OR coconut oil
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree

DRY Ingredients
(mix together in a separate bowl)
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

WET Ingredients

1/3 cup buttermilk OR any other milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Optional Ingredients
½ cup walnuts OR pecans
5-6 finely chopped prunes


Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a loaf pan. Cream butter with sugars. Add
eggs and pumpkin.  Add dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with wet ingredients.Stir in nuts and/or prunes. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for one hour or until toothpick comes out of center cleanly. Cool completely before removing from pan.

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JoAnne Davis
JoAnne Davis
2021 years ago

looks and sounds really yummy! think i will pass it along if you don’t mind

Kathi Riemer
Kathi Riemer
6 years ago

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

Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
6 years ago

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

6 years ago

Yum, this looks fantastic. And, I love that it's a healthier version of the usual suspect! I think I'll make a loaf this week!

Delia R.
Delia R.
7 years ago

I wish I had a piece of that bread right now, it would go perfect with my coffee! I bet is smells delicious too. Yummmmmm 🙂