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Skinny Spicy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Updated on November 1, 2015
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Marcelle enjoys preparing delicious meals for family and friends. She especially loves creating original, healthy vegetarian recipes.

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Filled with generous quantities of sweet and fragrant spices, this pumpkin bread will impress. The pumpkin in this sweet bread recipe adds a bit of nutrition and the creative use of ingredients, such as almond milk and applesauce, keep the calorie and fat content low.

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Lighten Up Recipes

Lighten up baked goods by replacing applesauce for oil and unsweetened almond milk for milk products. Also, increase quantities of sweet spices to reduce sugar and spice up the recipe. Making these simple changes can reduce calories per slice by 25 percent or more as well as the overall fat content. Combining whole wheat flour with all-purpose flour will add extra fiber to any recipe. Healthy pumpkin is a staple in pumpkin bread but can be used in many recipes, not just breads and pies. Find out all the great health benefits of pumpkin here and check out some other healthy pumpkin recipes below:

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The Skinny On Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread's nutritional content can vary considerably. Check out the table below, which compares the nutritional profile of this article's Skinny Spicy Pumpkin Bread against others.

 
Calories
Fat
Fiber
Sodium
Starbucks Pumpkin Bread (large slice)
390
14g
2g
480mg
Libby's Pumpkin Bread (slice)
230
6g
1g
230mg
Basic Pumpkin Bread (slice)
179
4g
1g
151mg
Skinny Spicy Pumpkin Bread (slice)
121
1g
2g
40mg
Nutritional information source: www.fatsecret.com

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Skinny Spicy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This recipe makes two loaves with 12 servings each. The toppings are optional and add only minimal calories to each slice. This recipe is also low-sodium with only 40mg of sodium per slice.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Skinny Spicy Pumpkin Bread

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons sodium-free baking powder, such as Hain's
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs, free-range organic
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons valilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat two 8" x 4" loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flours and the next six ingredients (flours through baking soda) in a large bowl, making a well in the center.
  3. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Whisk well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to well inside the flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon batter into sprayed loaf pans and bake in preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool loaves in pans on a wire rack for about 10 minutes and then remove from pans and continue to cool completely at room temperature.

Variations

  • Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips per loaf to batter before baking. This will add 23 calories and one gram of fat per slice.
  • Top batter with 1/4 cup chopped walnuts per loaf before baking. This will add 15 calories and one gram of fat per slice.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 121
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Carbohydrates 27 g9%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Sodium 40 mg2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Combine whole wheat flour with all-purpose white flour to add healthy fiber without changing the bread texture or flavor.
Combine whole wheat flour with all-purpose white flour to add healthy fiber without changing the bread texture or flavor. | Source
This spicy pumpkin bread uses a generous mix of fragrant spices.
This spicy pumpkin bread uses a generous mix of fragrant spices. | Source
Whisk dry ingredients and make a well in the center to add wet ingredients.
Whisk dry ingredients and make a well in the center to add wet ingredients. | Source
Applesauce replaces oil in this recipe and unsweetened almond milk replaces milk products. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Applesauce replaces oil in this recipe and unsweetened almond milk replaces milk products. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. | Source
Whisk wet ingredients and add to well in the flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
Whisk wet ingredients and add to well in the flour mixture. Stir until just combined. | Source
Spoon batter into loaf pans sprayed with cooking spray. Chocolate chips can be stirred into batter before spooning into pan and chopped walnuts can be added on top of the batter prior to baking.
Spoon batter into loaf pans sprayed with cooking spray. Chocolate chips can be stirred into batter before spooning into pan and chopped walnuts can be added on top of the batter prior to baking. | Source
Bake loaves at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes and then cool completely out of the pan before slicing.
Bake loaves at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a rack for about 10 minutes and then cool completely out of the pan before slicing. | Source

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I'll have to try this recipe. The applesauce will make it better than sugar and I always have almond milk on hand. My husband loves pumpkin bread.

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thanks, Flourish, and it's definitely yummy!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I love pumpkin bread, and this looks like a great recipe. Yum, yum!

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thank you, VirginiaLynne! Love your idea about using just applesauce. Thank you too, PeachPurple. This recipe is much easier than baking bread.

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thank you Glimmer for more of your great comments! This bread is definitely delicious and you won't know that it is slimmed down when you eat it.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i must try this bread recipe, I am a failure at baking bread

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Great job in getting a healthier recipe. I actually find that I can make banana bread with no sugar or fat if I substitute applesauce. I do use artificial sweeteners sometimes when I want it sweeter. Pumpkin is not as sweet but could probably be made with just apple sauce for sweetening. Thanks for the tips!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      I'll definitely be giving this pumpkin bread a try. We are all watching our calories in the new year and I need recipes that we will all like. Nice pictures too!

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thank you, RTalloni! Yes, I agree that pumpkin is so healthy and so good in recipes. I always sub unsweetened almond milk for cows milk in recipes. One cup of unsweetened almond milk has 30 calories versus 90 calories in a cup of skim milk and it has almost double the calcium. There are a bit of healthy fats in almond milk too that make the constancy slightly creamier for cooking plus the best benefit - now cows are harmed.

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Thank you for your kind comments Alicia. I'm glad you enjoy healthy recipes and pumpkin like me!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      And I do not even have to make cow-milk conversions. Using pumpkin in recipes is a healthy habit, but in breads--yum.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like just the sort of bread that I like! I love the flavour of pumpkin and spices. I also like to make quick breads with healthy ingredients. Your recipe sounds ideal. Thanks for sharing it.