Jan 24, 2011

Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Recipe

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The main ingredient it this Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Recipe are pumpkins. Pumpkins make you think of the fall and all of the festivities associated with that time of year, like carving Jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkins are native to both North and Central America and they were used as a diet staple long before the early settlers arrived in America. The Native Americans showed these settlers how to use it for food in many different dishes. Today, pumpkin is considered a super food since it is so high in fiber, low in calories, and contains a certain antioxidant that is important for eye health. So you can eat it, especially this low fat version, without guilt.

Recipe: Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Summary: A low fat version of the popular pumpkin bread.


  • 1-1/2 cups of all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree*
  • 1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup either low-fat or non-fat buttermilk**
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon of canola oil


  1. Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and coat a loaf pan with a nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Using a mixer beat together well the pumpkin puree, buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, and oil.
  4. Gradually add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture. Stir it together by hand just until the dry ingredients are completely moistened. The bread will turn out tough if you mix it too much.
  5. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for one hour. You can check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out wet, your pumpkin bread is still not done.

Quick notes

*Any pumpkin dessert recipe is going to taste so much better with fresh pumpkin. You can find instructions on the Internet about making your own pumpkin puree using pie pumpkins. The same pumpkin that you use for your jack-o-lantern will not have nearly the true pumpkin taste of a pie pumpkin.

**The low-fat buttermilk replaces what would normally be 1 cup of oil in a regular recipe of pumpkin bread.

Cooking time (duration): 70

Diet (other): Reduced fat

Extra Tips For This Low Fat Pumpkin Bread Recipe

If you liked the low fat version also check out the healthy pumpkin bread. There are a lot of little extras you can add to your bread to liven it up, like chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, or your favorite nut – maybe pecans or walnuts. Turn the recipe into pumpkin-banana bread by adding another ½ cup of flour and one mashed banana. Some people even use a little applesauce to replace some of the oil in a normal recipe to cut down on the fat.

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