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Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

My friend Jeni and I have been good friends for three years since she and her family moved here from Northern California. We met when she joined a moms group I attend weekly, and she and I have always had a special connection through our love of good food and hospitality.

Jeni is an excellent baker – a woman after my own heart. When she hosts special holiday brunches for our moms group, we enjoy her baked treats. What makes her baked goods stand out is how deliciously yet healthy they are. She tells me she works really hard to get sugar out of her recipes despite how counterculture that is. Another way she adapts her baking recipes to make them healthier is by adding psyllium, bran, and other fibrous, wheat substitutes.

A couple weeks ago, she baked our moms group wholesome pumpkin bread cut in wedges and served with cinnamon and maple butter. With every bite I couldn’t help thinking about the simplicity, flavor, and texture of the bread. Made without sugar, this bread has a hint of sweetness from the natural sugars in the bananas and pureed raisins. Apple sauce is used instead of butter or oil, and whole wheat flour compliments the pumpkin puree. No need to slather large amounts of butter or frosting. Instead, a light spread of Maple Cinnamon Butter makes each bite even more enjoyable.

This healthy pumpkin bread can be served as a snack, for breakfast, or a nice accompaniment with dinner. With Thanksgiving approaching, this recipe would also be a great addition to your holiday meal.

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