Oct 25

Healthy Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread

Is it too early for gingerbread things?

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread (5 of 7)

Healthy Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread
  1. 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup oat flour
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  5. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  11. 1, 15-oz can pumpkin puree
  12. 2 eggs
  13. 1/4 cup molasses
  14. 1 cup applesauce
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray or oil/butter/flour.
  2. 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.
  3. I topped mine with peanut butter + banana. So in love.
Makes 1 loaf
Adapted from ifoodreal
Adapted from ifoodreal
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24 comments on “Healthy Gingerbread Pumpkin Bread”

  1. I think the pumpkin component makes it ok ;) Really though, it looks delicious.

    I train my husband at the gym and I can never get him to do bridges! It’s such a great exercise for your core, but he feels too awkward. You could always just grab a 10lb plate to hold on your hips, it makes you look hardcore.

    Don’t worry though, I’ve seen people do more weird things than that at the gym.

  2. Hi Kylie,

    The ginger pumpkin bread looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

    Whenever I do weird exercises at the gym, I usually try to find a studio or room so that I have a bit more privacy doing the exercise. But, that must have been so awkward for you.

    I’m a new reader and I love your blog.


  3. Just found your blog via Anne @ FANNEtasticFood and I absolutely love it!!! Fully planning on checking out each of your recipes while my bf drives us to Richmond tomorrow morning!!

  4. This looks awesome, Kylie and love the ginger addition.;)

  5. It’s never, ever, ever too early for anything gingerbread! I drink that tea all year round (wait until January when it goes on super sale, and then STOCK UP!!) Love your new glasses, btw :)

  6. Ugh YUM. I’m always too lazy to go buy some molasses to make gingerbread, but I really should. It’s just the essence of holiday baked goods.
    I think it would be super cool if you and your husband-to-be did wore glasses and went to brunches with your dog together. If not though, you two are still super cool. And I could not agree more about the bridge exercise….sometimes I just opt for hamstring ball curls because they still work the same muscles for the most part, but I don’t have to thrust my pelvis. It depends on the crowd at the gym. But yeah, I almost never do additional exercises when I get home even if I tell myself I will.

  7. Thank you for the beautiful bread recipe.

  8. I love ginger bread anything. Who cares if its too early!

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  10. sounds like yummy healthy gingerbread!

  11. love gingerbread!! This looks so tasty!! :)
    I’m so glad that I’m not the only girl who feels just a smidgen weird doing the glute bridges at the gym!! Awkward!!

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  13. Kylie, I LOVE this bread! I cut the recipe in half because I only had half a can of pumpkin and made muffins instead. Delicious!

    • Sara! I’m so glad you liked them!!!

      I heard Chris beat a certain someone at golf this week. Always good to keep my dad on his toes:)

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  16. This sounds yummy. Looked for a recipe after buying pumpkin gingerbread at a bake sale. Where would I find flaxseed powder? Can’t wait to try this. I don’t care if it is spring.

    • Hi Lisa! You can find ground flaxseed at many grocery stores on the healthy living aisle/section. Or you might find it next to all the flours on the baking aisle. I hope you find it! Gingerbread is delicious in any season haha:)!!

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  18. I can’t wait to try this! Right now I only have all-purpose flour — will it turn out okay if I use 1 3/4 cup all purpose instead? Also, what was your reasoning behind adding in oat flour? Could I omit it or sub all-purpose for both?

    • Also, could I sub maple syrup or honey for the 1/2 cup sugar?? Thanks!!

    • I imagine it would turn out great with all purpose flour! I just like using a variety of flours in my baking to incorporate a variety of nutrients. For the sugar, the texture would be different with honey or maple syrup and I imagine you would have to add ~1/4 cup more flour…but I think it’ll work!:)

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