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Wholewheat Pumpkin Bread – Healthy Bake with Coconut & Almond Crunch

25 November 2011 31 Comments

Wholewheat pumpkin bread

“Pumpkin..what..don’t tell me it has pumpkin in it?” I baked this wholewheat pumpkin coconut bread for the 14th wedding anniversary of my friend and did not reveal the ingredients till the last piece was left. It was a delightful surprise for my anti-pumpkin friend, who never cooked this humble veggie in her kitchen and believes that a pumpkin is no good than scaring crows and keeping the evil at bay :)

In most of pumpkin bakes the veggie is first cooked or baked to get pumpkin puree and then added to the batter but I avoided that step…lazy…Hmm..sort of. Moist and supple bread to the core is what fresh pumpkin puree does to this bake, while freshly grated coconut & almonds give that extra crunchy texture to it. Goji berries..well, sorry for overloading you all with my Goji fetish in all my bakes & desserts, but believe me it is good for you and taste great. Avoid it if you can’t get it or dislike the taste (which am sure is the least possible option).

This is my first bake with coconut as I am not much a coconut fan and restrict its use to making chutney. I added coconut which is a favorite ingredient to my friend just to disguise the taste of pumpkin in the bread, and did succeed in making her enjoy the pumpkin in the bread. Must admit that this wholewheat pumpkin bead is extremely moist and soft, never got this result from other veggie bakes (carrot, zucchini).

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Ingredients to go in..

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. All purpose flour
  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt/curd
  • 1 tbsp. any vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. goji berries
  • 1/ 2 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • Salt a pinch
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ready to bake..

Method; Wash and soak Goji berries in little milk for 10 minutes if using. Peel and chop about 200 gms of pumpkin to make a cup of puree. Grate a small piece of coconut.

Blend the pumpkin cubes with the yogurt into fine paste.

Add sugar, grated coconut and oil in the pumpkin puree. Mix it well till the sugar is dissolved.

Sift wholewheat flour, APF, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and salt twice. Drain the milk from the Goji berries and slightly crush the almonds.

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Awwe..hot from the oven..

Preheat oven to 190° C for 10 minutes and grease a rectangular baking tray with oil.

Take a large vessel and add the sifted flour, Goji berries, a little of crushed almonds and mix all the ingredients well. Pour the pumpkin puree mix into the dry ingredients and fold it lightly to just about all the ingredients.

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Gorgeous..couldn't stop taking pictures :)

Pour the batter into the greased baking tray sprinkle the remaining almonds and bake the bread at 190°C for 30-35 minutes or till done. Insert a knife and check if it comes out clean.

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My Goji berry fetish..

Take out from the oven and let it cool completely for 20  minutes before slicing the bread. Make thin slices and serve it with chocolate sauce or just plain.

Wholewheat Pumpkin Bread -

So moist and supple..

Look at the beautiful colour and the lovely coconut flakes!

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Sitting pretty..

And..no you will not get the veggie smell in the bread.

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Look there is a hole in my bread :)

Someone plucked the roasted almond from the slice…breaking the rules of not touching the bake before taking pictures…Grrr..

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Time to indulge..

Fruit of all the good work done…enjoying my slice with Nutella sauce.

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Up and close..Umm..

The best part of this wholewheat pumpkin bread is the crunchy roasted almonds on the crust and lightly sour taste of Goji berries in between every bite!

Notes;

  1. I baked the bread at 215°C for the last 5 minutes to get this lovely brown crust on top.
  2. Avoid Goji berries and replace it with raisins if you wish.
  3. Omit grated coconut and make plain pumpkin bread if you can;t get the coconut.
  4.  Stays good for upto 3 days.
  5. Color of the bread depends upon the pumpkin you use for the bake, mine had lovely orange hue.

 

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31 Comments »

  • Michael said:

    I could smell the nice aroma already. I think a drizzle of honey or maple syrup would work nice with this too. :)
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  • Raji said:

    Wonderful bake Sanjeeta…bread looks so moist and I am a pumpkin lover so more good for me.
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  • chinmayie @love food eat said:

    I like the idea of using fresh pumpkin puree in the bread :) I usually have very little patience to cook/bake the pumpkin! Bread looks moist and yummy…

  • shanthi said:

    Wow Its is soooo moist ad has come out so very perfect. well explained.
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  • Priya said:

    Wow incredible bread, slices looks super moist and droolworthy..
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  • prathibha said:

    very delicious bread…nice n yumm
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  • sayantani said:

    that looks so soft. love your healthy ideas and twists.have never tasted anything sweet with pumpkin but now gonna have to try this….
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  • aipi said:

    Love baking with pumpkin n this one with coconut n almonds is surely a must try :)

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  • Kalyani said:

    oooh ! this is one awesome bread.. never baked anything with pumpkin, but this looks too good to pass on… !! bookmarked :-)

  • Kalyani said:

    oooh ! this is one awesome bread.. never baked anything with pumpkin, but this looks too good to pass on… !! bookmarked

  • rebecca said:

    looks amazing as always your recipes rock
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  • Tina said:

    looks delicious…

  • Spandana said:

    Looks delicious.. and very healthy too… Pumpkin, coconut and almonds… what more can I ask for :)
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  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb said:

    Hello who do we have hear!? sexy wholewheat pumpkin bread fully revealed.

    You did the right thing by converting your friend unknowingly from a pumpkin hater to a pumpkin lover. ;)

  • Joanne said:

    I love pumpkin bread and I love even MORE that this is whole wheat and super good for me!
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  • Angie@Angiesrecipes said:

    I would never get tired of pumpkins! The loaf looks gorgeous.
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  • Baker Street said:

    Delicious! I love baking with fresh pumpkin puree! Pumpkin, coconut and goji berries are an excellent combination.
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  • Raks said:

    Sounds very nice,awesome recipe!
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  • Reeni said:

    So moist and delicious! You packed this full of wonderfully healthy stuff. Love how you indulged with the nutella – my favorite!
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  • Mary said:

    What a lovely loaf of sweet bread. It looks and sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
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  • Faith said:

    This lovely loaf would be perfect for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon…great use for pumpkin!
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  • Karen said:

    Wow…this looks incredible. I’ve never made pumpkin bread and now I definitely want to give it a try. Also love the almonds here…a perfect touch.
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  • juniakk @ mis pensamientos said:

    i never thought about putting coconut with pumpkin! and i love pumpkin bread, it is my favorite. :)
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  • Delishhh said:

    OM MY – that looks soo good! Especially with the Nuntella sauce. .
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  • Rekha said:

    Looks so good.. Never tried any pumpkin bread .. but this one looks a worth try !!

  • chitra said:

    Bread with whole wheat , am ready to eat ;)

  • mjskit said:

    This bread looks SO moist and delicious! I’ve never had gogi berries but they sound interesting. I’m going to have to see if I can find them. Beautiful recipe and pictures~!
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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said:

    Holy yum! I love how moist and fluffy this bread is, even though made without eggs. And that nutella sauce?!? Wow!!!!
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  • Kalyani said:

    just made this Sanjeetha – and it was a superb hit :-) Thanks for posting !

    http://itsnotmadrasi.blogspot.com/2011/12/wholewheat-chocochip-pumpkin-bread-with.html

  • SUSHMA said:

    IM A NEW ENTRANT N WAS BLOWN AWAY BY UR CREATIVITY …AFTER LOADS OF TV SHOWS N BOOKS I THOT I HAD SEEN IT ALL…..BUT UR SITE HAS MADE ME LOOK AT CUISINE IN A WHOLE DIFF LITE(PUN INTENDED)CHEERS N KEEP ROKIN (MAKE DAT COOKIN)!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Sushma, Thanks for your sweet comment! Hope you enjoy what you cook & bake from Lite Bite.
    Warm hugs.

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