This is a bit of a recipe showdown. I grew up eating some of the most delicious pumpkin bread south of the Mason-Dixon line. It just so happens that delicious doesn’t equal nutritious, despite the bright orange color. Even though I embrace my inner health nut now, I need food that tastes good. A few easy substitutions reduced the amount of fat and sugar without sacrificing any flavor. Portion control is also important- Ninnie Marlene’s was baked in loaf pans and I remember cutting myself HUGE slices. Making pumpkin bread in muffin cups helps you keep track of how much you’re eating.
BONUS: Your house will smell like a Yankee Candle.
I’m posting both recipes here, the original by my grandmother and the updated version by me.
Ninnie Marlene’s Pumpkin Bread, as written out by my mom
Mix together in a medium bowl:
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
Mix in mixer:
1 #2 can pumpkin
3 cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
Add dry ingredients to wet alternating with 2/3 cup of water. Nuts or raisins optional. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes at 350. Makes three loaves. Brush the top with syrup while still warm-I know! It’s so wrong, it’s right.
The pictures below illustrate my updated version.
Time for pumpkin bread glamour shots!
Healthy Pumpkin Bread
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
*would’ve added 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg if I had any
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
2 cups canned pumpkin (not the pie mix!)
2/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, stir the sugars, applesauce, yogurt, pumpkin, and eggs until well combined.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in three batches alternating with 2/3 cup water.
Using a 1/2 cup measure, fill the muffin liners until almost full. Bake 30 minutes and rotate pans halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.