There’s a reason people are drawn to the warm flavor and aroma of pumpkin when fall arrives. One classic favorite: pumpkin bread. Unfortunately, since most are high in added sugars, the seasonal loaves are generally reserved for the occasional treat. But we’re just not willing to accept that.
Pumpkin season comes only once a year, so we want to eat as much pumpkin bread as we can, as often as we can, before the season passes. Too greedy? Maybe so, but registered dietitian Maggie Michalczyk, R.D., made that dream possible when she developed this healthier veggie-packed pumpkin bread recipe. It’s nutritious enough to enjoy for breakfast or dessert, without an unwanted blood sugar crash.*
A healthier take on pumpkin bread.
The recipe uses gluten-free oat flour, which is great for anyone with a gluten intolerance or simply looking to increase fiber intake. If you have extra gluten-free oats on hand, Michalczyk says the process of making your own flour is easy. Simply pulse the oats in a food processor until they resemble a flour texture, she explains. Voilà, an alt-flour that’s both time- and cost-efficient.
“Not only is pumpkin packed with nutrition like vitamins A, C, E and potassium and fiber, but the addition of mbg organic veggies+ gives each slice a veggie, fiber, and probiotic boost,”* Michalczyk says.
Don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand? Well, you can make that, too. Eyeballing it, increase the amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to achieve the same flavor profile (consider adding a dash of allspice, as well.)
These warm, natural flavors have their own health benefits, but they’re mainly there for the taste. The turmeric and ginger in mbg organic veggies+, on the other hand, offer up unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.*
With maple syrup in place of added sugar and coconut oil in place of butter, this recipe is already a healthier option than most pumpkin breads. The addition of a greens powder helps enhance the nutritional value even more. Just one scoop incorporates a veggie goodness into the pastry (think leafy greens, sea veggies, carrots, beetroot, and alfalfa), making it a balanced breakfast option. “Adding a serving of organic veggies+ is such a great insurance policy because it can be hard to get everything found in this greens powder through our diet,” Michalczyk says.
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Pumpkin season will come and go before we know it. Make the most of it with this healthy, veggie-packed pumpkin bread. “This pumped-up pumpkin bread is a snack you can feel so good about all fall long,” she says. And if you’re still not ready to let go come December, don’t worry, the loaf will last in the freezer.