A week ago, it became socially acceptable to enjoy pumpkin food again. Happy day!
Of course, I jumped the gun and have been cooking and baking with pumpkin since the beginning of the month, but that’s beside the point. I can’t help it. I don’t care how “basic” it is… I love me some pumpkin! Or a lot of pumpkin HA! Every year I debate how early I can start making pumpkin food without people judging me. Or Ty telling me “no”, and “wait”. Thank goodness for my favorite local ice cream store who serve pumpkin milkshakes year round. I usual need one or two come summertime to tide me over until official pumpkin season.
While I wouldn’t deem this bread “healthy” per se, it’s definitely “healthier”, much like my Healthier Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. And I certainly think it’s appropriate for breakfast…or lunch…or dinner 🙂
I like the applesauce in it, and adding applesauce to a quick bread has the added bonus of making your bread nice and moist without the need for butter or oil! It also sweetens it so that there’s a minimal amount of sugar. Chocolate chips add sweetness in all these little melty pockets through each slice. Lately, I’ve really been digging mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, and they work beautifully here.
So get yourself to the kitchen and whip a loaf of this stuff up because it’s quick, delicious, and will make your house smell all fall-y and spice-y whether or not it feels like fall where you are (I understand a lot of the country is having some pretty toasty warm weather still? Not the case here!).
What fall things are you baking up in the kitchen? How’s your fall been so far? I love to hear from you guys 🙂
Spiced Pumpkin Applesauce Bread
Time: 1 hour and a half
Yield: 1 loaf
- 2 eggs
- 1 C pumpkin puree
- 1/2 C applesauce
- 1 Tbls lemon juice
- 2 Tbls brown sugar
- 2 C flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 ginger
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/4 mini semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Whisk eggs, pumpkin, applesauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar together with a fork.
- Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves until just combined. Batter will be fairly thick.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake for 1 hour and 10 mins.
- Let cool for at least 20 mins before slicing.