Healthy Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread
Is it too early for gingerbread things?
I would say yes. However, my grocery store already has holiday wreaths up. And because of this I’m feeling very festive and holiday-y this week. I even changed the alarm on my phone to the “bell tower” sound because for some reason it reminds me of Home Alone 2.
All these feelings of holiday-ness gave me some sort of validation that it was okay to break out the gingerbread things. So I made this bread and then I bought and am loving this tea. Speaking of fall food things, I hear Trader Joe’s has pumpkin toaster waffles. I neeeeeeed to try this. In the most obnoxious and dramatic way possible. NEED.
Kind of like how I have needed glasses for the last 3 years but just haven’t gotten around to getting them. I finally choose these. Now all I have to do is convince my fiance to get some Warby Parker glasses too. Then everyone would know us as the happy newlyweds with the super chic glasses. And then we’d get this dog and I’d convince Andrew to start wearing argyle and we’d start doing things like attending brunch. Or at least that’s what I think would happen.
So scary story, while driving on the freeway this week my tire blew out. When it happened all I could think of was 23 years of my dad telling me, “never stop on the freeway, even in the shoulder.”
So when it happened I was all like, “get off the freeway, get off the freeway, get off the freeway.” I managed to make it off the freeway into a parking lot where I proceeded to call the nice people at AAA to come help me. Then I called my dad and he came and sat with me so I didn’t get mugged. My dad says he feels like he succeeded at some part of fatherhood since I didn’t stop of the freeway.
Since I had already called AAA, my dad didn’t change my tire. But when the AAA guy got there he was like confused on how to change said tire…so my dad had to show him how. It was odd. Thank goodness for dads.
So at the gym lately I’ve been doing this super awkward exercise. Under no circumstances do you make eye contact or talk to anyone while doing this. I thought that was common gym courtesy, but obviously not because yesterday morning a guy totally struck up a conversation with me. So then I was perplexed…do I stop the awkward pelvis thrust or just keep right on going with the workout?
I just kept on going. And I think the guy realized how awkward the situation was so he left. I should probably just save the bridge exercise for the comfort of my own home. But whenever I leave the gym and am like, “oh I’ll do abs when I get home” or “oh I’ll stretch when I get home,” it never ever happens.
So I’m oh-so-slightly in love with this bread. I have been eating it with breakfast all week. And now I keep having this desire to make a peanut butter sandwich out of it and then smoosh it all in my waffle maker. That will happen soon.
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1, 15-oz can pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 cup applesauce
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray or oil/butter/flour.
- In a large bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oat flour, brown sugar, ground flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, salt and walnuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, molasses and applesauce. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix together until just combined. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. You might need to tent the loaf with foil after 45 minutes to keep the top of the bread from burning.
- I topped mine with peanut butter + banana. So in love.