The perfect pumpkin bread recipe is a delightful way to enjoy the flavor of pumpkin during fall and the holiday season. Whether healthy, spiced or with added flavors like apple or chocolate, this popular quick bread is a classic, easy fall treat.
In Muncie, Indiana, Samantha Callahan jazzes up pound cake mix with some canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to create these sweet muffins. "They're so good, even picky eaters cannot seem to get enough," notes the substitute teacher's aide. "They're also delicious without frosting or nuts."
To reduce the fat and calories in this made over recipe, eliminate an egg, used half the amount of oil and just a third of the nuts called for in the original recipe. The sugar is also reduced by nearly 1 cup by using a combination of white and brown sugar to retain the sweetness of the original bread.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
"When I was trying to modify my mom's pumpkin bread recipe to cut down on the fat and cholesterol, I came up with these moist sweet muffins," explains Kathy Fannoun of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. "My kids love them...and they get a healthy dose of vitamin A from the pumpkin without even knowing it!"
It's tough to resist a second piece of this delightful treat with its comforting flavor. It's a breeze to throw together because it calls for pound cake mix and canned pumpkin. —Sarah Steele
I made these lovely scones one day when looking for a way to use up leftover pumpkin, and I was not disappointed. I often use my food processor to stir up the dough just until it comes together. It so simple to prepare this way. —Brenda Jackson, Garden City, Kansas
This large hearty loaf is a perfect way to round out fall meals. Canned pumpkin, a little brown sugar and ground walnuts give the bread its seasonal flavor and appearance without a lot of fuss on my part.