Healthy Pumpkin Bread

This easy Healthy Pumpkin Bread is one of my guilt-free Fall favorites! It is made with gluten-free oat flour, sweetened with only maple syrup, and has the perfect amount of pumpkin spice! 

Meet our newest obsession. I have been on a processed sugar detox the last few weeks and (as you can probably guess) it has not been easy for my sweet tooth, especially heading into my favorite season for baking. When I got the urge for pumpkin bread, I knew I couldn't be the only one wanting a healthy version!

This recipe is made with oat flour, perfectly pumpkin spiced, sweetened with maple syrup, and a healthier guilt-free option when you're craving pumpkin bread. It is also super easy to make! 

Ready to make some?! 

healthy pumpkin bread in gold loaf pan with pumpkin seeds sprinkled over top on white countertop

First, I know what you're wondering...

What makes this pumpkin bread healthy?

If you've ever had or made pumpkin bread I'm sure you will notice these swaps that make it a healthy version: 

  • Instead of all-purpose flour, the base of this recipe is oat flour. Oats are high in fiber and a great substitute for all-purpose flour when the liquids are adjusted correctly. See next question on how to easily make your own oat flour!
  • Maple syrup is used as the sweetener in this recipe so there is no sugar added!
  • 100% pumpkin puree is highly nutritious and what we use in this recipe. Be careful not to grab pumpkin pie filling as it is full of sugars! 

 

How do you make oat flour?

Oat flour is a whole-grain flour made from rolled oats. It is rich in nutrients and high in fiber so it is a great healthy substitute for all-purpose flour. Plus, making your own is super easy!

To make oat flour, simply:

  1. Place oats into a food processor or blender. You can use old fashioned oats or quick oats. 
  2. Pulse the oats until they are ground down into a flour like consistency. This could take 30-60 seconds depending on the power of your machine. Once pulsed, double check the oats to make sure some didn't get stuck in the process. If needed pulse a few more seconds to get them all incorporated. 
  3. Make some healthy pumpkin bread! 

NOTES: 

When using oat flour in a recipe measure the oats after they have been turned into flour, not before when they are whole oats. 

If using oat flour as a replacement to all-purpose flour be sure to go by weight and not volume. Oat flour is significantly lighter than all-purpose or whole wheat flour, so you will need more oat flour volume wise to equal it's rise. Going by weight will ensure you get the most accurate substitution!

 

How do I store and freeze this healthy pumpkin bread?

  • To store - This pumpkin bread is more moist due to the oat flour so it will last a max of 3 days in plastic wrap at room temperature.
  • To freeze - This healthy pumpkin bread freezes really well. It is always best to freeze the bread at its freshest. Just make sure it is completely cooled before wrapping it in plastic wrap and sealing in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can freeze this bread for up to 3 months and transfer it to the fridge to defrost overnight. 

 

healthy pumpkin bread with pumpkin seeds sprinkled over top sliced on white countertop

 

Healthy Pumpkin Bread Ingredients

To make this healthy pumpkin bread, you will need the following ingredients. See the full recipe card below for detailed amounts and instructions! 

  • Old-fashioned oats - We will turn these into a fine oat flour with either a blender or food processor
  • Pumpkin pie spice - Hello September! This is my favorite homemade pumpkin pie spice, but store bought works too.
  • Baking soda - Of course
  • Salt - I use a fine sea salt
  • Pumpkin puree - Time to stock up for Fall! Be sure you are getting pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling. We want 100% pumpkin with no added ingredients. 
  • Almond milk - I use an unsweetened almond milk, but your favorite kind of cow's milk will work as well. 
  • Coconut oil - You can substitute your favorite mild-flavored oil if you prefer.
  • Maple syrup - This is where we get our sweetness!
  • Eggs - Just two
  • Vanilla extract - Just a tad
  • Pumpkin seeds - These are optional, but I do love the extra little crunch that they give on top!

I have used these nonstick loaf pans for years and highly recommend them, but any 1 pound loaf pan will do. Just make sure you grease the pan for a perfect release. 

 

healthy pumpkin bread with pumpkin seeds sprinkled over top sliced on white countertop

How To Make Healthy Pumpkin Bread:

To make this healthy pumpkin bread recipe, simply:

  1. Make your oats into flour - Pour your oats into a food processor or blender and pulse until they have reached the consistency of flour. This shouldn't take more than a minute.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients - Add the pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda in with the oat flour and pulse to evenly combine. 
  3. Whisk together all wet ingredients - In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract until combined. 
  4. Combine - Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Avoid over stirring.
  5. Fill your pan - Pour your batter into a well greased loaf pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the top with pumpkin seeds.
  6. Bake - For 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. 

 

healthy pumpkin bread with pumpkin seeds sprinkled over top on white countertop

Variations:

  • Nuts - I'm thinking pecans or walnuts would be excellent.
  • Seeds - I use a mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds, but really any will work.
  • Dried Fruits - Raisins or cranberries... yum!
  • Chocolate - Who wouldn't love this?
  • Glaze Topping - My grandpa's favorite addition to any bread!

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Yield: 1 pound loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
    This easy Healthy Pumpkin Bread is one of my guilt-free Fall favorites! It is made with gluten-free oat flour, sweetened with only maple syrup, and has the perfect amount of pumpkin spice! 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond milk (or your favorite cow's milk)
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or your favorite oil)
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Desired seeds for topping (I used a mix of pumpkin and sunflower)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease your loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Place oats into blender or food processor and puree until they are the consistency of flour.
  3. Add pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sea salt in with the oat flour and pulse until combined.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract until combined.
  5. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. Avoid over stirring.
  6. Pour batter evenly into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the top with seeds.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool on cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before cutting into.

Notes

  • Serve straight out of the oven or store in a sealed container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap for up to 3 days. Also, can freeze for up to 3 months. 

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