We woke up to 8 degrees celsius (46 F) this morning – it was a definite “fall is here” moment. I brewed a pot of coffee while we woke up slowly, staying in our pyjamas much longer than usual. My son had a birthday party to go to at eleven, so just before then we took showers and actually started our day. Honestly, I would have been content to stay in my pyjamas all day.
Our family’s been a bit under the weather this week, and the idea of snuggling in bed is kind of where my head’s been at. But, while my daughter was napping, I decided to pull it together and make a hearty (and healthy) pumpkin loaf we could enjoy this afternoon. We all love pumpkin and with its healthy dose of fiber, potassium and vitamin C – it makes a nutritious snack choice.
The combination of oat flour, pumpkin and honey in this recipe create a flavourful bread that isn’t overly sweet, but rather moist, slightly spiced and positively delicious. You can enjoy it as it is, or add a smear of your favourite topping (butter, coconut oil, honey, apple butter…etc).
Abigail woke up from her nap and Aiden returned home from his party, both happy to see homemade baking waiting for them. The kids enjoyed their slice with a glass of almond milk, while I dipped mine in a hot mug of apple spiced tea.
Here’s to a weekend of tasty treats and warm snuggles!
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
- 1/4 cup brown rice flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp xanthum gum
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup of canola oil or melted virgin coconut oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat over to 350F
- Combine flours, starch, baking powder, salt spices and xanthan gum in a large mixing bowl. Stir to blend and add in pumpkin, oil, honey, sugar, and eggs. Stir into flour until smooth and moist.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Top with pumpkinseed kernels and oats.
- Bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.
- Cool for 30 minutes before removing from the loaf pan.
- Allow to cool completely before slicing (or serve hot, but it will be harder to cut!).
Original recipe by Robert Landolphi, Gluten-Free Baking (CookingLight)
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