October Awesome Bread

This is a recreation of the conversation preceeding this recipe.

Me: “I want to make pumpkin bread and zucchini bread. What is pumpkin bread and zucchini bread had a baby?”
Monkey Man: “I don’t know about that.”
Me: “It’ll be good, trust me. What should I call it? Harvest bread?”
Monkey Man: ” No, October Awesome Bread.”
Me: “Done.”

And so it was. This recipe really is a combo pumpkin bread and zucchini bread. I wanted to play around with sweet potato flour and I thought the flour would blend well with the pumpkin spice cake. It actually rises nicely – I made one dozen muffins and one loaf of bread. Personally, I like the loaf better (I think it’s moister), but Monkey Man liked the muffins better. Think of it as choose your own adventure 😛

And this recipe is really pretty “no guilt”. A double batch contains over 5 cups of fruits and vegetables. I also added hemp protein powder for a little extra protein – you could also add your favorite protein powder (natural or vanilla flavored); then the muffins almost become a real breakfast 🙂

For this recipe, you will need:

Ingredients - October Awesome Bread

3/4 c. almond flour
1 1/2 c. sweet potato flour
3/4 c. tapioca flour
1 t. baking powder
3 t. baking soda
1 1/4 c. honey
3/4 c. palm sugar
1 t. salt
1-16 oz. can pumpkin
4 eggs
1/2 c. melted coconut oil
3/4 c. applesauce, unsweetened
2 T. vanilla
1 c. chopped walnuts
3 c. shredded zucchini squash and summer squash
6 T. hemp protein
2 1/2 t. cinnamon
1 1/4 t. nutmeg
1 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds (shelled)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Note, makes two loaf pans or 24 muffins (or some combination thereof).

First, in a large mixing bowl, blend the sugar and oil.

Sugar and oil - October Awesome Bread

Then add eggs, pumpkin, applesauce, and vanilla and mix well.

Pumpkin and eggs - October Awesome Bread

Then add shredded squash and mix.

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Next, add the spices and hemp protein powder to the mixture.

Finally, add the flour mixture  in two additions and mix well.

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For loaf pan, grease with coconut oil. Fill loaf pan. Or, for muffins, line a cupcake pan with paper or foil cups. Fill the cups to the top. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds before putting in oven. The pumpkin seeds will actually roast as they bake.

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Bake for approximately 50 minutes for muffins and approximately 70 minutes for loaves. Check doneness with toothpicks or a knife.

October Awesome Bread

I really enjoyed heating the bread just a tad (like 30 seconds in the microwave) and spreading a maple butter (bland maple syrup and ghee or butter) on it. Yum!

You could also make a simple maple glaze with water, maple syrup and some confectioner’s sugar.

Or have fun by adding dried fruit or different nuts to the mixture.

Enjoy!

– Nicole

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