It’s full blown holiday season where plenty of time is dedicated to eating! I’m assuming you love to eat as much as I do. So, I have two goals for you and I. First, our waists and thighs will not increase with the holiday spirit because of my recipes. And second, our mouths and stomachs will not be punished for not wanting our waists and thighs to increase! I definitely achieved both with this easy, moist Pumpkin Apple Bread. If you want to skip the apple, check out my very popular Pumpkin Bread recipe.
I checked out the ingredients on a couple popular apple and pumpkin bread recipes. Most had 2 to 3 cups of sugar! I have a sugar rush just thinking about it. There is no need for that much sugar. There are plenty of healthy substitutes that will keep your bread sweet and satisfying besides sugar. My favorite sweeteners are honey, agave, maple syrup, bananas, and applesauce. I do use brown sugar in this recipe, but only 1/2 cup. Brown sugar is a combination of molasses and sugar which is still slightly better than straight sugar. With my combination of healthy sweeteners, you won’t miss the bucket of sugar that is used for other pumpkin apple bread recipes.
Have you ever tried Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour? I’m hooked! I no longer bake with any other flour. Regular whole wheat flour can leave your baked goods more like baked bricks. WW pastry flour keeps your breads, muffins, waffles, and everything else light and fluffy without removing the health benefits. I have plenty of breakfast recipes that call for whole wheat pastry flour like my Multigrain Waffles and Banana Muffins. I can’t wait to hear if you become addicted to it like I have!
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I use Bob's Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup extra light virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk (I used Silk's Vanilla Almond Milk)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 large apple, peeled and finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts. Mix well and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin puree, applesauce, oil, milk, and vanilla. Mix well and pour into dry ingredients. Stir until batter is moist. Fold in chopped apple.
Pour into a greased and lightly floured 9 x 5 loaf pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and top is golden brown.