Amazing Health-ified Pumpkin Bread Recipe

11 Oct

Good morning!  I hope you all had a fabulous Monday and a great start to your week!

Yesterday was an unconventional work day.  I worked from home for most of the day and snuck in some pumpkin bread baking somehow!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Health-ified Pumpkin Bread


Adapted from All Recipes

  • Servings 24
  • Prep Time:  20 minutes
  • Cook Time:  50 Minutes


  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 chia seed eggs (2 tbsp ground chia seeds + 6 tbsp water mix together and let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (heaping)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (heaping)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 1 small ripened banana (optional)



1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.  (I forgot to flour my pans but it came out fine, plus I only used two bread pans).

2.  In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, chia eggs, oil, water, ripened banana and sugar until well blended (I did this in my mixer).  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and flaxseeds.  Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.  Pour into the prepared pans.

3.  Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven.  Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 


This recipe is truly a great one and I recommend everyone should try it out.  To make it completely a vegan recipe, swap out the two regular eggs for 4 chia seed eggs. 

I decided to add in the small ripened banana because I had nothing else to do with it and also wanted to make sure this bread came out moist enough since I swapped out all the oil and replaced it with apple sauce.  If bananas are not your thing, just skip this step.  You can also add in dried fruit such as dried cranberries, walnuts or a splash of vanilla to make this bread even more amazing!  You can also swap out the white flour for whole wheat flour (or partial) to give it even more health bang for the buck!  I will most definitely try that next time.  Iโ€™m just amazed at how great and moist this bread is.

On one loaf I added a sprinkle of brown sugar and walnuts after reading another review and deciding to give this a try.  I didnโ€™t add them until 1/2 way through the cooking time, but it came out great!  Also, I only had two larger size bread pans that I used.  I had to bake the bread for 80 minutes instead of the 50 suggested for the smaller loaves.


Onto the Eats of the day from Monday:

  • Breakfast-  Egg and cheese English muffin sandwich
  • AM Snack-  Greek yogurt with honey and almonds


  • Lunch-  Chicken noodle soup (leftover from last week) + samples of pumpkin bread!  ๐Ÿ™‚


  • PM Snack-  Popcorn
  • Dinner-  Spinach and cheese stuffed chicken breast over pasta with salad

Iโ€™ll post the stuffed chicken breast recipe on Thursday.  It is a keeper!


The workout of the day from yesterday, was a rest day!  We usually like taking Monday and Fridayโ€™s as our rest days.  I was debating doing yoga, but the day just got away from me.  We did take the dog on a walk in the beautiful weather so I did get in some low intensity activity.

One other exciting thing that happened yesterday was our stroller came!  Yay! 


We havenโ€™t figured out how to get the car seat or toddler seat to click into the stroller base yet, but we plan on working on it today or I might need to return it for a new one!  Iโ€™m hoping the product is fine and itโ€™s just us that canโ€™t figure it out!  I think it is a good looking stroller and I canโ€™t wait to push Baby Cameryn around in it!  ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Do you like pumpkin bread?
  • What is your favorite type of โ€œtreatโ€ bread?
  • What fall recipes have you made this year? 
  • Any new recipes you are loving right now?

Please feel free to post links so we can all enjoy new/fall recipes!





27 Responses to “Amazing Health-ified Pumpkin Bread Recipe”

  1. Shayla @ The Good Life October 11, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Oooo that pumpkin bread looks delish! I love that or a good nutty banana walnut bread, my fav! And I just made my first fall dish of the season last night, chili! It was so good and I’m loving that I my winter taste buds and seasonal cravings are in full swing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love the stroller and love that snack of greek yogurt with honey and almonds, it’s one of my favs as I love that salty-sweet combination ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 11, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      My husband has been craving chili but it just hasn’t sounded good to me for some reason. Normally I love it. I blame it on pregnancy! I’m sure we’ll be making it soon though as he has really been wanting it!

  2. Liz @ Southern Charm October 11, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    I LOVE pumpkin bread … and yours has a healthy spin to it? Yes, please!! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 11, 2011 at 10:53 am #

      I subbed the cup of oil for apple sauce, added in chia meal and flaxseeds, upped the cinnamon and decreased the sugar. Next time I might try replacing a cup of flour with a cup of whole wheat flour to see how that works!

  3. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) October 11, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    A healthified pump[kin bread? That sounds fantastic! I am in love with pumpkin bread…maybe a little bit too much.

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 11, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      This bread is so delicious with the healthy tweaks, I can’t imagine how it must have tasted before I made all the changes! This bread is also pretty quick to make as well which makes me happy!

  4. Lisa @ Healthy Diaries October 11, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I love pumpkin ANYTHING! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your bread looks so good!

    So far this fall I’ve made a pear & cranberry crisp and some baked cinnamon sugar donuts.
    Both SO good!

    I love everything about fall! โค

  5. STUFT Mama October 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Okay that bread has all the perfect ingredients. ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to try it.
    Figuring out darn strollers is a doozy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Um….. this bread might just be my new favorite. I’m so glad I have pumpkin in my pantry. ๐Ÿ™‚
    You are too cute!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 12, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      Let me know if you make it and what you think! I’m already excited to make it again for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is that good!

  6. Maren October 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    The stroller is so cute! I would have chosen it too. The pumpkin bread recipe is awesome and love how healthy it is. You can never go wrong with brown sugar and walnut toppings.

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 12, 2011 at 8:04 am #

      I was super excited about the walnuts and brown sugar. I’m sad that loaf is in the freezer though so we haven’t tried it out yet!

  7. Lisa October 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    As soon as I read the title i was like, “Ohhh!” haha it looks so yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love the stroller, so cute! Can’t wait to see baby Cameryn in it!!

  8. Rachel Starr October 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    with some of these new strollers you need special “adapters” for the infant car seat. at least my Bugaboo did. they typically run about $25. the sneaky manufacturers don’t tell you this until after the fact!

    i’m not a fan of anything pumpkin, or cinnamon for that matter. BUT i did just make some banana bread the other day & added chia seeds to it. gotta love those omega-3’s!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 12, 2011 at 8:03 am #

      Luckily for us, the car seat adapters came free as a bonus with the stroller. It ended up being the toddle seat that attaches to the stroller was defective. We got the car seat to click in just fine.

      Banana bread is amazing as well! With chia seeds its even better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. allieksmith October 12, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    The pumpkin bread sounds great!! Love the stroller!

    I have been meaning to ask you who you got certified through for personal training.. I am looking into it!

  10. Marissa October 12, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    pumpkin bread looks fabulous…I’ll have to try your recipe too!

    Ok, I had SAME problem with my Britax travel system…just push down with a little pressure. It takes a moment to “click” but it should click. We couldn’t figure it out for the longest time, but it is said to be safest for baby with that better lock technology blah blah blah! Ha! The cow print looks super cute though!!! …and you look great too!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      We tried pushing so hard I thought we were going to break the stroller. I’m pretty sure the seat has a defect. We were able to get one side to click in just fine and even flipped the seat the opposite way and the “good” side clicked in just fine, as did the car seat. I already called and am exchanging it for a new one! I hope that one works better, these things are cheap!

  11. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Mmmm – I have a major soft spot for soft/dense breads.

  12. Pam October 21, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Just bought chia seeds and found your recipe for pumpkin bread. It is wonderful bread and my family has no idea that I did anything different! Thanks for the recipe.


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