Quick & Easy Pumpkin Bread! Dairy-Free & Whole Wheat

Looking for a last-minute hostess gift to bring to Thanksgiving today? Or, a FAB breakfast to serve to your guests tomorrow (the day after Thanksgiving and pre-black Friday shopping)?! Look no further!! Dairy-free whole wheat pumpkin bread is HERE!

Why I love it:

Four of the reasons that I LOVE this pumpkin quick bread are:

  1. It’s DELICIOUS!! The pumpkin and Fall spices create an undeniably fabulous flavor.
  2. It’s healthy-ish. Whole wheat flour adds fiber, & applesauce replaces some of the oil.
  3. It’s dairy-free!!
  4. It’s QUICK & EASY yet impressive! You’ll feel delighted to share it with loved ones.

I love quick breads. And I especially love mini quick breads!! They are so cute & perfect to bring to friends and family, or just the right size to serve for breakfast. And so, I made these mini pumpkin breads! One recipe makes 3 mini loaves. You could absolutely make it as one 9×5 inch pumpkin loaf if you’d prefer.

How it’s Healthified

  • I used part whole wheat flour to up the whole grains and fiber
  • Replaced some of the oil with applesauce, to lighten it up a bit (but you would never know!)
  • I used coconut oil in place of butter to make the recipe dairy-free!

When to Eat it

This bread goes beautifully with coffee in the morning. It’s easy to grab-n-go, or to savor on a relaxing weekend.

It’s also a tasty afternoon snack. I like to heat up a slice in the microwave for 15-30 seconds and slather on the almond butter or peanut butter :-D.

It’s. So. Good!! So satisfying. It’s not too sweet, but just sweet enough that it will curb a sweet-tooth when it strikes (trust me, I’m a dessert-after-every-meal gal).

How long does it take to make?

This is a DELISH option that can be made in 1 bowl with a whisk and spatula. It comes together super quickly (30 minutes or less), cooks in the oven for about 45 minutes, and boom! Ready to enjoy warm.

The recipe

Let’s bake!!

Whole Wheat Dairy-Free Mini Pumpkin Bread Loaves!
Makes 3 Mini Loaves (5×3 inch pans)

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 applesauce, unsweetened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 can pumpkin (Whole Foods brand is my fav. That, or Libby’s brand, which you can find at any Giant, Harries Teeter, etc)
Turbinado sugar, optional, to sprinkle on top

Directions:

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 3 mini loaf pans with cooking spray. The mini pans I use are 5.75 inches x 3 inches.

2) In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients– all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, & pumpkin pie spice.

3) Add in all the wet ingredients– the melted coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla, eggs, & pumpkin. Using a spatula, fold the ingredients together. Nice and gently. Until you have a beautiful, smooth pumpkin-colored batter.

4) Pour the batter into each of the prepared baking pans. Then, I’d put them onto a cookie sheet. That way, instead of having to put each one into the oven, and pull each one out of the oven (especially checking them). Instead, you just pull out the whole pan at once.

5) Bake the pans in the oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a tooth pick poked into the middle of one of the breads comes out clean.

6) Cool the breads in the pans for about 10 minutes. Then, turn them out onto a cooling rack.

How to Eat IT

Feel free to enjoy them warm! Or, cool them and wrap ’em up in foil until you’re ready to eat ’em. You can keep one at home, bring one to the office, another to a wine night…

They also freeze well! Then just take one out of the freezer the night before you need it and it’ll be ready to eat/serve the next day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Have a wonderful, relaxing time with friends & family. That’s what life’s all about, isn’t it? 🙂 Enjoy! xo

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