Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Fall is in the air this week  in Michigan after a brief hot spell and I was in the mood for some pumpkin bread!  This is a recipe I found in an issue of Good Housekeeping from their Healthy Makeover Recipes section.  It is very moist and makes a perfect afternoon snack with a hot cup of tea!


Pumpkin Bread

Makes 1 loaf (16 servings)-I split it into two smaller loaf pans because it cuts down on the cooking time.

1 c. packed light brown sugar

2 lg. egg whites

1 c. pure pumpkin

1/4 c. canola oil

1/3 c. low-fat plain yogurt (I use organic  low-fat vanilla flavored yogurt)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. all-purpose flour (you can also use whole wheat white flour)

3/4 c. whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I use a little more cinnamon because I don’t use the nutmeg-just my preference)

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour.

2. In large bowl, with wire whisk, combine brown sugar and egg whites.  Add pumpkin, oil, yogurt and vanilla extract; stir to combine.

3. In medium bowl, combine all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.  Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir until just combined.  Do not over mix.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pan 10 minutes.  Invert pumpkin bread onto wire rack; cool completely. **In my electric oven it too 80-90 minutes to cook in one loaf pan which is why I split the batter into two smaller loaf pans.

Each Serving: About 140 calories (1/16 or 1/8 if you split into two pans), 2 g protein, 25 g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat(0 saturated), 1 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 165 mg sodium.

What about you?  Do you have any favorite healthy fall recipes?  We would love to hear about them!





  1. Yummy recipe. What a wonderful and beautiful blog. I’m so excited to be reading so many different blogs.
    I’m going to try your recipe with almond flour! I’ll let you know how it comes out. Ill be going to the health food store tomorrow! I just book marked the Blog. If you have a few minutes check out my blog… Its all about natures inspired ideas for the home!

    Happy Blogging and hope to see around the blogging circles 🙂
    Maria !!