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Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf

Pumpkin gingerbread loaf is moist, delicious and spiced to perfection with molasses, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Topped with delicious cream cheese frosting, you’ll love a slice this time of year!

Pumpkin and gingerbread were made to go together and one bite of this super moist and fluffy pumpkin bread recipe will show you exactly why! Filled with cozy spices like pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, it’s the perfect thing to bake during the holiday season!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I know putting pumpkin in just about everything. Pumpkin bread is definitely one of my all time favorite ways to use pumpkin — I love a nice slice with a cup of coffee for breakfast or

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pumpkin gingerbread loaf ingredients

  • coconut oil
  • brown sugar – feel free to use coconut sugar as well.
  • eggs 
  • nut milk – I like using this oat milk in my recipes!
  • blackstrap molasses – blackstrap molasses actually has the highest vitamin and mineral content of all the different types of molasses.
  • vanilla extract
  • pumpkin puree – be sure it’s 100% pure pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix
  • white whole-wheat flour  – all-purpose flour, and 1:1 gluten free flour would also both work in this recipe.
  • baking soda 
  • pumpkin pie spice 
  • ground ginger – all of these cozy spices are what gives this loaf it’s amazing gingerbread flavor!
  • cinnamon 
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cloves
  • salt
  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • confectioners’ sugar

equipment / utensils:

  • loaf pan
  • stand or hand mixer
  • whisk

Tips for making the perfect loaf

  • Don’t over mix the batter! I recommend using a hand or a stand mixer to combine the wet ingredients, but when you add in the dry be sure to only mix on low until the flour disappears and not longer than that!
  • Use a scoop to add your flour into measuring cups. Don’t pack flour into measuring cups, ever! This is a huge reason why some breads don’t turn out right. The correct amount of flour is super important!
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Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x
  • Category: pumpkin recipes
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Pumpkin gingerbread loaf is moist, delicious and spiced to perfection with molasses, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Topped with delicious cream cheese frosting, you’ll love a slice this time of year!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses 
  • 2 tbsp. oat milk or other non-dairy milk of your choice 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cups white whole-wheat flour 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

for the cream cheese frosting: 

  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened* 
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened not melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice 
  • pinch of salt 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, beat together the coconut oil and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Next beat in the eggs one at a time until fully combined. Add the oat milk, molasses and vanilla and continue beating until combined and smooth. 
  4. Mix in the pumpkin puree until combined.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, all of the spices, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Don’t over mix! 
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. Check the loaf after 50 minutes by inserting a toothpick to see if it comes out clean,
  8. Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. While the bread is baking, make the cream cheese frosting by using a mixer to mix together softened cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt until light and fluffy. Use a spatula to spread it on top of the loaf and enjoy! 

Notes

*One way to soften cream cheese and butter is to place them near your oven while it’s preheating. 

Keywords: pumpkin gingerbread loaf

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Gingerbread Banana Loaf

Gingerbread banana bread combines whole-wheat pastry flour with mashed bananas, oats, molasses and gingerbread spices for a delicious hearty loaf!

2020 will forever be known as the year of banana bread, so I decided to put my own spin on a classic banana bread recipe with this gingerbread banana loaf recipe!

Made with whole-wheat pastry flour, oats, overripe bananas, molasses and lots of spices, it’s a fun twist on banana bread that’s perfect for December. Each slice has a nice hearty texture thanks to oats, and that’s a good thing!

Oats have a relatively unique nutrition profile compared to other whole grains providing a combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber — a 1/2 cup serving of raw oats has 4 grams of fiber which may help support healthy digestion.

If you’re following along on Instagram, then you know this week is oat week where I’m sharing all different ways to use oats

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ingredients for gingerbread banana bread

  • whole wheat pastry flour – you can definitely use regular all purpose flour or a 1:1 gluten free flour
  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • bananas
  • molasses
  • unsweetened almond milk or other nut milk of your choice
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • confectioners sugar
  • maple syrup
  • lemon juice

Tips for making gingerbread banana bread

  1. Don’t over mix the batter! Once you combine the wet and dry ingredients gently mix just until all the flour disappears — do not over mix because this will cause the bread to be dense. It’s already a hearty loaf thanks to the oats!
  2. Top with the glaze! As mentioned, this bread is on the heartier side! The glaze gives it a little extra sweetness! I’m a fan of putting this maple lemon glaze on a lot of my baked goods if you haven’t noticed!
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Gingerbread Banana Bread

  • Author: Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 slices 1x
  • Category: nutritious treats
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: american

Description

Gingerbread banana bread combines whole-wheat pastry flour with mashed bananas, oats, molasses and gingerbread spices for a delicious hearty loaf!


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Ingredients

For the bread: 

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour 
  • 1 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats + extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed 
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract 

for the maple glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp. almond milk 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, almond milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and molasses.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, oats, spices, salt and baking soda. Add mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix!
  4. Add to the greased loaf pan, sprinkle more oats on top, and bake for approximately 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool, slice and enjoy! 

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