Halloween is over. The jack-o'-lanterns have been tossed into the compost pile. But let's not turn our backs on the glorious pumpkin. Yes, there will be pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving (if you're in the U.S.) and possibly after Christmas dinner. In the meantime, get the antioxidant health benefits of pumpkin in a delicious warm loaf, perfect for a Sunday brunch or a snack to enjoy on a mid-morning work break.
This makes the third pumpkin loaf recipe I have posted on the blog. The first was this Pumpkin Banana Date Loaf. The next was this Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Loaf. Today's Simple Vegan Pumpkin Loaf is a quick and yet still very tasty alternative for those who don't require gluten-free foods. It's perfect for those moments when you want to make something that doesn't require a lot of effort or ingredients. I use light spelt flour, but you can use regular all-purpose flour too.
I use canned pumpkin puree to make this recipe super effortless. I usually have a can of pumpkin puree open in the fridge because I give the dogs a spoonful of it each day. Ace needs more fibre (we won't get into why at the moment, because it's kind of gross) and Jolene expects to have anything he's eating too. For us humans, pumpkins offer vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants and fibre. They also provide potassium and zinc. You just know from their beautiful orange hue that they are going to be good for you!
A blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice gives this moist loaf a gentle hint of spices. I have cut down the amount of sugar from my previous loaves and found that it is plenty sweet. I use ground flax in place of egg, so you don't need to have powdered egg replacer handy in your cupboard.
Essentially anybody with a minimal range of spices and baking products in their cupboard can make this loaf. So make one for your vegan and egg- or dairy-allergic friends to enjoy over a cup of tea! It's always a good idea to have a simple pumpkin loaf in your baking repertoire.
Are you still enjoying pumpkin-based desserts and drinks in November?
Simple Vegan Pumpkin Loaf
Cook Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Keywords: bake vegan
Ingredients (1 loaf)
- 1 1/2 cups light spelt flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- 1/2 cup light oil
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Lightly oil a loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt.
In in medium bowl, whisk together the ground flax, pumpkin, oil and milk. Add sugar and vanilla and mix together.
Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool completely and turn out onto a cutting board to slice.
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