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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

The pumpkin shortage is over! Celebrate by making this easy pumpkin bread recipe. It’s a healthy pumpkin bread made with whole wheat flour, pure pumpkin and low-fat yogurt. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves- this pumpkin nut loaf is sure to be a favorite.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar or sucanat
3/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
3 tablespoon canola or safflower oil
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom of 8×4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger and cloves. Set aside.

In medium bowl mix egg, sugar, yogurt, pumpkin, oil and vanilla until well blended. Add to flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in walnuts. Pour batter into pan.

Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Makes 1 loaf (16 slices)

Tip: You can use cooked fresh pumpkin puree in place of the canned pumpkin. Be sure to use a sugar (pie) pumpkin.

More Pumpkin Recipes:
Vegan Pumpkin Smoothies
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
Vegan Pumpkin Bread

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  • Lieslmama October 9, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Thanks for this recipe – it’s wonderful. My 4 year old son and I made it and it worked perfectly. We topped it with some pumpkin seeds too and now it even looks more healthy! I should note that we made something called “traditional pumpkin loaf” as well to try both recipes and yours is awesome. Thank you!

  • melissa October 11, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Easy to make; batter a good consistency; love that it has whole wheat flour. Thanks for sharing!

  • Linda November 5, 2011, 12:49 pm

    This was delicious. I’ve tried some healthy pumpkin bread recipes before, and this is by far the best. Thanks so much!

  • Mel November 5, 2011, 3:17 pm

    I randomly searched “healthy pumpkin bread” in Google and stumbled upon this recipe and let me tell you, it is sooo good!! Some of the best bread I have ever made, and I don’t feel so guilty eating it! Thank you so much; I’m for sure going to try your other recipes. PS- I live in Minneapolis too 😉

  • Jen November 6, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Mel- So glad you liked the recipe. It’s fun to know that my favorite pumpkin bread recipe is being enjoyed in another Minneapolis home!

  • Jen November 8, 2011, 8:17 am

    Love this bread. My husband keeps asking for it. Do you think some of the sugar could be replaced with maple syrup?

  • Jen November 9, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Hi Jen- Glad you (and your husband) like my pumpkin bread recipe. I like your idea of using maple syrup in place of some of the sugar. If you try it, I’d start by replacing 1/4 cup of the brown sugar or sucanat with 1/4 cup pure maple syrup. Please let me know how it turns out if you try it.

  • Dorrell November 22, 2011, 8:02 am

    Just found your website and I love it! made the pumpkin bread and the pumpkin cranberry muffins last night. Awesome, husband loved them too. I have one request I am tracking calories, protein, carbs, etc on myfitnesspal.com would it be possible to list the nutrition values for recipes? Thanks in advance and I look forward to trying many more recipes from your website!

  • Jen November 22, 2011, 6:53 pm

    Hi Dorrell- Thanks for your kind comments. Glad you liked the pumpkin bread and muffin recipes. At this time I am not able to post nutrition values for recipes. I don’t have nutrition analysis done for the recipes I develop, so do not know the nutritional information.
    Thanks, Jen

  • melissa December 19, 2011, 10:10 am

    I came across your recipe blog this past fall when “googling” whole wheat recipes. LOVE this pumpkin bread. I’ve made it several times this fall, and will be making 8 loaves this week for Christmas gifts! 🙂

  • Elizabeth S. March 3, 2012, 9:03 am

    I just put this in the over, it looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe and I look forward to trying more.
    I too use My Fitness Pal to track calories and such, all you would have to do is total everything up while you are making it and divide it by the number of slices you are planning on cutting it into. I may do that later, just seems like a lot of work now!

  • Lewla August 8, 2012, 12:07 am

    Even though we’re in august (berry and melon time), searching for whole wheat recipes, this read so enticing, had to try it – loaf is in oven right now and is baking beautifully! I added 2T. each flax meal and wheat germ (for xtra fiber, etc.). Thank you for sharing and your blog is wonderful.
    – lewla from San Francisco

  • Jen August 8, 2012, 7:53 am

    Hi Lewla- Thanks for your note. I love pumpkin bread all year long- even in August! Your additions of flax meal and wheat germ sound delicious. Thanks, Jen

  • Crystal November 22, 2012, 1:07 pm

    This bread is amazing!! I used 1/2 cup sucanat instead of 3/4 cup and replaced the oil with 3 tbsps + 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and it turned out very moist and yummy. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Kristina October 20, 2014, 1:54 pm

    Thanks for this! I was looking for a clean eating pumpkin bread recipe that wouldn’t be too sweet and this hit the mark! I had some leftover pumpkin but not enough so I also added a mashed banana to the recipe. I’m going to keep this recipe in my files.
    I, too, am using myfitnesspal. For those that asked, you can go to recipes and then import this one using the url. It matched the ingredients for me and gave me nutritional information in less than a minute.

  • Sheryl October 19, 2015, 3:40 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing recipes I knew were out there
    A lot of baking recipes have SO MUCH SUGAR Yuck!!
    Single mom of 3 growling stomach teen men

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