Today’s easy plant based pumpkin bread makes a perfect vegan treat any time of the year (especially fall). It’s oil free and refined sugar free, as well as egg and dairy free. The addition of oats and walnuts make it extra healthy and delicious!
As much as I love baking, I’ll admit that I’m not very good at coming up with my own recipes for baked goods.
Following other people’s baking recipes? – No problem, I do that at least once a week. Coming up with my own stuff? That’s trickier, since baking is kind of an exact science.
Imagine my joy when this plant based pumpkin bread actually came out good!
This pumpkin bread is moist, dense, and not overly sweet. As with a lot of my recipes, I didn’t add any oil.
This isn’t a low-fat recipe because there’s plenty of fat in the walnuts, but at least nuts ate a natural, unrefined source of fat. Want to make it extra-indulgent? Smear it with some of my homemade peanut butter!
This loaf makes a lovely dessert, a healthy anytime snack, or a good breakfast on the go. I think sprinkling the top with walnut pieces makes it look very pretty, but you can use other nuts or seeds if you like.
Shelled pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. pepitas) will make a delicious and healthy addition.
Feel free to experiment with other mix-ins. Dried cherries, cranberries, raisins, or even chocolate chips will add a delicious twist. I chose to keep it simple with walnuts only to let the subtle flavors of pumpkin stand out.
Here’s an interesting trick that lets this vegan, oil-free loaf come out nice and moist: after you add the batter to the baking pan, make a dome out of aluminum foil and cover the pan with it. It doesn’t have to be very tight, in fact some wiggle room is preferable.
The picture below, bottom right, shows what my dome looked like. Once your pan is covered, insert it into the oven, bake for 45 min, then take the foil off, and continue baking until done.
And since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I just might add this pumpkin-walnut loaf to the list of desserts I’ll be making.
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