Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread that’s made with good for you ingredients but still tastes indulgent, delicious, and has all the pumpkin flavor you want this time of year.
It took me quite a long time to come around to pumpkin. I was never much of a pumpkin pie fan and even though I like pumpkin more than I ever have, I am still not a die hard pumpkin spice fan. However one major exception to that is pumpkin bread. That I can get behind every time and it’s one of my favorite things to eat this time of year. I love the notes of cinnamon and nutmeg and the subtle pumpkin flavor that comes through in every bite. However my bakery obsession definitely packs in the calories, so lately I have been experimenting with making my own lighter version at home.
I started with one of my favorite healthy banana bread recipes since in my opinion, a good banana bread and good pumpkin bread are not too far apart. This bread uses a combination of canned pumpkin, banana, and applesauce for sweetness and moisture. It’s a really moist, dense bread, which I love. It also needs a touch of honey and maple syrup so it sweet enough and lots of pumpkin pie spice to get all the cinnamon and nutmeg flavor you expect in a pumpkin treat. This is all combined with white whole wheat flour and a good smattering of chocolate chips since pumpkin and chocolate is always a good thing. And let me tell you, the finished bread, it so delicious. We ate the whole loaf in just a couple of days.
Here are some things to keep in mind when making this Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread: