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Healthier Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

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Bread is one of the best things in life, especially when it comes to sweet breads like banana bread and pumpkin bread. Because this Examiner spends so much time eating bread, she's done some exploring to figure out how to make a loaf that's a little bit healthier, but still moist and delicious.

After much experimentation, this chocolate chip pumpkin bread recipe (loosely based on this recipe by Ingredients, Inc) was the final, delicious result. It uses applesauce rather than oil, and whole wheat/oat flour rather than all purpose, to add a little more flavor and a little more substance.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (make your own--just throw some oats in the food processor and grind until fine)
  • 1 cup Stevia in the raw
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (both types of flour, both sugars, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt). Stir until well combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, egg, mashed banana, applesauce and water.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips, if desired.

Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Finally, just slice it up and enjoy!

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