Makeover Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe
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Makeover Pumpkin Spice Bread Recipe

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With less than half the fat and just one-fourth the calories of the original recipe, more people can feel good about eating this fall favorite. Heidi Figiel - Bridgeport, W. Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 143 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, buttermilk, applesauce and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Transfer to two 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Makeover Pumpkin Spice Bread in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p18

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nicoleg User ID: 2084610 160456
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"This has been my go to recipe for pumpkin bread since this issue came out! It is fantastic, why bother with more fattening recipes? I spray my pan with cooking spray and dust with sugar. Works very well."

momofmayhem User ID: 4497522 141897
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"I blindfolded my family and made two different pumpkin breads. They tasted each one to see if they could figure out the healthier one. Convinced they would be able to taste the difference they each misguessed thinking the tastiest one couldn't possibly be the healthiest. Joke is on them.

This is a moist and delicious recipe. My go-to pumpkin bread recipe."

cbergan User ID: 1967024 107452
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"I use 1 1/3 whole wheat flour for the cake flour and use ground flaxseed for two of the eggs. I also only use 2 cups sugar. Very good recipe."

annie1992 User ID: 2246916 175173
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I'll admit, this is a delicious pumpkin bread, I love it. I'll also agree that the fat has been significantly reduced, so it's more heart healthy. I am concerned, however, about the "diabetic friendly" designation, though. With two cups of sugar and all white refined flour, I can't see how a diabetic could safely eat it, in spite of the pumpkin.

I reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and used dark brown for the additional sweetness/flavor. I swapped the all purpose flour for white whole wheat and kept the cake flour.l It was still really good and much healthier for my diabetic BIL."

queensharon00 User ID: 640700 158250
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"Very moist. Family loved it. Great sliced with a little cream cheese spread on it too :)"

lisamaria728 User ID: 5393068 90036
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"I was excited to see this recipe until I read the ingredients! I have to agree with Annie. How is this a healthy recipe? Over 2 cups of sugar, all white flour, and 4 eggs?? There is nothing low fat or healthy about this recipe. I will stick to my current recipe that is in fact low fat and healthy."

AnnieDrews User ID: 5489527 107451
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"I'll be honest. This recipe is not that much, if any, lighter than the "un- light" recipe I use at home. Mine uses less flour, less sugar and only 3 eggs. Mine does call for more oil, but no buttermilk or applesauce. I would think cutting any recipe into 32 servings would slash calories no matter what the ingredients. I think it is misleading to call this recipe a makeover when it really is just the serving size that has been cut."

Blcan User ID: 2929764 90033
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"This is one of my favorite fall recipes! I made it so many times last fall and winter and was bummed when the season was over. I always keep a loaf and give one to a friend!"

kcsqrd User ID: 1717915 210065
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"Absolutely delicious! I add raisins and pecans. It freezes well, too. It's really good warmed up in the microwave with a pat of butter! Yummmmmmmmmm........"

cbergan User ID: 1967024 90019
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"Very moist and lots of flavor. The only thing I changed was I put one cup of whole wheat flour for one of the two cups of flour."

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