Low Sugar Pumpkin Bread

November 22, 2014

low sugar pumpkin bread cinema and spice

We’ve been on what seems to be an endless quest for a guilt-free pumpkin bread.  As the holidays are around the corner, we decided now was the time to take on the task.  We spent a lot of time testing this recipe and discovered that while whole wheat pastry flour and unbleached white flour are both delicious in baked goods, they create very different bread textures.  Since we liked the flavor of the white flour better but preferred the texture (and the health benefits) of the wheat flour, we ended up making a bread that utilizes both flours.  We also subbed applesauce for a lot of the oil and sugar and took out the dairy.  We think the final result is the best low fat, low sugar, healthy pumpkin bread out there.

cinema and spice low sugar pumpkin bread

(Cinema & Spice plate courtesy of studio LQ)


For Bread

  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup no-sugar-added applesauce
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie spice)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For Pumpkin Seed Topping

  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • large pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a small pan over a medium high heat and add pumpkin seeds. Toss in maple syrup and salt and cook until the sugar from the maple syrup begins to crystallize and separate (about 5 minutes).  Set aside on a piece of foil.

In a medium bowl, sift all of the dry ingredients and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and pour into a greased bread pan (preferably glass) and top with pumpkin seeds. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.

Serves 6


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