Halloween…Thanksgiving…Christmas…you know what time of year it is, don’t you? It’s the best time of year…the holiday season!
At Allure Medical, we love the holidays because they’re a time to gather with friend and family to break bread.
But not just any kind of bread…The World’s Most Delicious Pumpkin Bread! This bread is no joke, it’s light, fluffy, and full of flavor that will make everyone at your holiday dinner table, from the oldest to the youngest, say “WOW! This is incredible!”
So, even though the holidays are busy, and the last thing you probably want to do is add yet another task to your already busy schedule, trust us when we say you need to wake up early one weekend morning, make yourself a pumpkin spice latte, and then spend the rest of the day making this amazing bread.
Why Pumpkin Bread?
In addition to being utterly delicious, pumpkin is full of vitamin A (containing more than 245% of your necessary daily intake), as well as vitamin C, copper, potassium (great for those with high-blood pressure), manganese, vitamin B12, vitamin E, iron, and key antioxidants (cancer-fighting super nutrients).
Best of all, pumpkin is high in water content (as much as 94% of its mass is water) and very low in caloric content, which means you can pretty much feel guilt free anytime you’re enjoying pumpkin in your meal.
1 cup – Homemade pumpkin puree
2 eggs – Cracked and beaten
1 teaspoon – Cinnamon
1 teaspoon – Nutmeg
3 cups – Whole ground soy flour
3 tablespoons – Flax seeds
2 teaspoons – Vanilla extract
½ cup – Unsweetened chocolate chips
1 tablespoon – Honey
1 cup – Almond milk
1 tablespoon – Coconut oil
1 teaspoon – Salt
Making the Base
It all starts with a wash—rinse the exterior of your pumpkin to remove any residual dirt or pesticide residue.
When the pumpkin is washed and dried, cut it in half and scoop out all of the “guts” (the seeds and loose fibers holding the seeds on the inside) from both halves. You may discard the guts and the seeds.
Preheat the oven to 400oF and—once it’s ready—put the two pumpkin halves inside, allowing both to cook for a period of no less than one hour.
When the pumpkin feels soft and supple to the touch, it’s ready for the next step, so remove it from the oven and give it a few minutes to cool down. As soon as it’s cool enough to handle easily, start scooping all of the pumpkin meat away from the exterior skin.
Two things to note…
- You’ll probably end up with way more pumpkin meat than you need for the bread, so take whatever extra you have and put it in the fridge or freezer to reuse with other dishes down the road. At Allure Medical, we usually keep our excess pumpkin meat in Ziploc bags, but you’re free to use whatever receptacle you choose.
- This is a messy process, where bits and pieces of pumpkin will get all over your kitchen, so when you sit down to follow this recipe, mentally prepare yourself for the filthy kitchen you will almost certainly have.
Put the meat in a food processor and run the processor until the pumpkin meat takes on a mush-like consistency.
Remove the pumpkin meat from the food processer and place in a large bowl with the nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt, chocolate, flax seeds, and honey, mixing thoroughly as you do.
Making the Dough
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, the coconut milk, the eggs, and the almond milk. Mix all the ingredients slowly and by hand, until the separate ingredients start to come together in a wet, sticky dough.
Allow the mixture to rest for a half an hour before continuing with the cooking process.
Putting It All Together
Take a 10 by 10 baking pan and coat the bottom with coconut oil so the bread doesn’t stick to the bottom as it cooks.
Layer the dough across the bottom of the baking pan, gently kneading the dough to ensure it covers the entire bottom evenly. When the dough is set in the pan, pour on the pumpkin filling that’s loaded with all of the delicious, nutritional flavor.
Preheat the oven to 350oF, and then cook the bread for anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, checking its progress every 10 to 15 minutes with a toothpick or fork.
When the bread is completely cooked through, it should have a texture similar to that of French toast, and a flavor unlike anything you’ve ever tried.