If you, like me, love pumpkin and believe that autumn wouldn't be complete without at least one batch of homemade pumpkin bread, here are three of my favorite pumpkin bread recipes, lightened up to make them more Weight Watchers friendly.
I've also gathered a few more pumpkin bread recipes from around the web.
The Skinny on Lightened Up Pumpkin Bread
These pumpkin bread recipes are versatile. You can adjust the spices up or down. Add your favorite spices (allspice and ginger for example).
Or stir in extra goodies, such as dried cranberries, fresh chopped cranberries, chopped nuts, raisins or chocolate chips.
There's a good chance you already have your own go-to pumpkin bread recipe. But if you are in the mood to experiment, you won't go wrong with either of these pumpkin bread recipes, that are tried and true.
According to my calculations, each slice of My Favorite Pumpkin Bread (without any extras) has about 148 calories, *4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. Enjoy!
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Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe - Lightened Up
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
- ⅔ cup water or apple cider
- 1-½ cups sugar
- 3-½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1-½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour 2 9x5-inch loaf pans.
- In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, buttermilk, water and sugar until well blended.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
- Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven. (Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.)
- Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. After about 10 minutes, remove the pumpkin breads from their pans and place on wire racks to cool completely.
- Yield: Makes 2 loaves. 14 slices per loaf.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Bread Squares
This recipe for pumpkin bread squares produces delicious, dense, moist, and spicy pumpkin squares that are like gingerbread, only better for a nut lover like me because they are crusted with pecans. This is fall and winter comfort food at its most basic deeply satisfying best.
It's adapted from a wonderful cookbook called The Weekend Baker: Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, and Stress-Free Strategies for Busy People by Abigail Dodge, that offers great recipes, simple techniques, and stress-free strategies for busy people who still want to be able to bake delicious homemade desserts for their family and friends.
These tasty pumpkin squares taste even better a day or two after baking when the flavors have had the chance to meld together and they travel extremely well.
For an easy thoughtful homemade gift, bake in a disposable foil pan and when cool, wrap with colorful plastic and/or cellophane.
Learn how easy it is to make your own fresh pressure cooker pumpkin puree...
A few more Weight Watchers friendly pumpkin bread recipes
Healthy Pumpkin Bread, Muffin and Scone Recipes with Weight Watcher Points Plus
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread - This healthy slow cooker pumpkin bread is a winner in my book. Made with whole wheat flour, it baked up moist, sweet and delicious. I adapted it from what is quickly becoming my most used Slow Cooker Cookbook of the moment.
Pumpkin Bread - In case we haven’t mentioned it already, we just LOVE pumpkin here. Chances are, if it contains pumpkin in the ingredients list, we’re going to like it. In fact, we’re not really sure if there are any recipes out there that wouldn’t benefit from a little pumpkin. From the Shoe Box Kitchen.
Vegan Pumpkin Bread - Sometimes I make recipes vegan simply because I’m out of eggs and/or butter. It’s true. A severe and persisting egg shortage in my house was the inspiration for the Vegan Pumpkin Bread. Found at Joy the Baker.
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread - was so happy myself to see four loaves of my pumpkin bread cooling on the top of the stove that I snapped a few pictures. In disarray or all lined up, the sight of these loaves of pumpkin bread made me happy! Found at Gluten Free Easily.
If You Liked These Pumpkin Bread Recipes, Here Are a Few More Easy Quick Bread and Muffin Recipes
- Bran Muffins
For bran muffins that are moist, chewy, and not too heavy or sweet.
- Pumpkin Muffins
These pumpkin muffins turned out perfectly — moist and tender, not too sweet, with a gentle spiciness and a beautiful golden-orange color.
- Moist Banana Bread
I could barely contain my excitement. I happened upon a recipe for super moist banana bread that isn't full of butter and sour cream.
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