Chocolatey-pumpkin goodness in every bite is what you will get with this recipe for healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread. Made with unsweetened cocoa powder, and dried cranberries for sweetness, it is a take on pumpkin bread you’ll want to make over and over again during the holiday season.
This healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread is made with whole wheat flour and only sweetened with maple syrup, the cocoa powder, and dried cranberries. There’s something delicious and classic about pumpkin bread and cranberries, but when you add chocolate it’s a whole other level that I’m totally down for. Be sure to opt for unsweetened cocoa powder containing more than 70% cocoa, which is actually a good source of polyphenols, iron, magnesium, and fiber. Pair that with the nutrition of pumpkin, and this bread is definitely a nutritional step-up from that piece you’ve gotten at Starbucks! (for the record I get that one every once in a while and enjoy it!)
You can definitely get creative and add in other mix-ins to this healthy chocolate cranberry pumpkin bread like nuts, other dried fruit or coconut flakes. As the holidays are quickly approaching I really like festive pop of red from the dried cranberries!
This bread would also make a great hostess gift for the holidays or simply an easy recipe to make for a brunch together or to have for breakfast throughout the week. I honestly thought that the cocoa power would be too overpowering and I would miss the taste of pumpkin, but that was not the case at all. You’ll get that pumpkin taste we all know and in a jazzed up way.
If you’re not feeling the chocolate vibes, don’t worry because you can always fall back on this recipe for simple and healthy pumpkin bread too! And for even more takes on pumpkin bread be sure to check out my first cookbook, the Once Upon a Pumpkin Cookbook that features a recipe for paleo pumpkin bread and healthy pumpkin banana bread too. Any way you slice it, you cannot go wrong with the many variations of pumpkin bread that are out there. I am a huge fan of slathering on peanut or almond butter to a warm slice for breakfast anytime of year.
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