Vegan Pumpkin Bread
- 1 flax/chia egg (1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds or chia seeds + 2 ½ Tablespoons filtered water)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ cup pure agave nectar (or date/maple syrup)
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil or melted coconut oil (can substitute applesauce for low-fat)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour (or oat flour)
- 1 Tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (or 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice + ½ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Make your flax or chia egg by stirring together 1 Tablespoon of either ground flax seed or chia seeds with 2 ½ Tablespoons of filtered water in a small bowl. Let sit to thicken for about 5 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in pumpkin, sweetener, oil, vanilla, and thickened flax/chia egg. Whisk together.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, spices, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in any desired add-ins.
- Pour batter into a greased 8.4 X 4.4 loaf pan and bake in a preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
- Cool on a cooling rack, slice, and enjoy!
Makes 1 loaf (6 slices). Per serving: (using agave nectar, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and ground cloves )
Total Fat: 7.3g
Total Carbohydrate: 55.5g
Dietary Fiber: 1.9g
Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which makes them a great choice for helping to prevent inflammatory diseases.
Cinnamon helps to balance blood glucose levels and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Coconut oil provides a boost of healthy fat that can energize and satiate. It is a strong antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial food.
Ginger acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Its digestive actions help cleanse the build-up of waste and toxins in the colon, liver, and other organs.
Nutmeg has a warm sweet flavor and boasts a variety of impressive health benefits. It’s rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Animal studies show it may help boost mood, enhance blood sugar control, and reduce risk factors for heart disease.
Pumpkin is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Beta-carotene also helps reduce the risk of heart disease, asthma, and many cancers.
Vanilla was once used in Europe as an aphrodisiac and in the production of certain medicines such as nerve stimulants.