I’m not a huge fan of “pumpkin spice” anything. However, there are two exceptions: Pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. Pumpkin bread is the quintessential fall baked good from my childhood. To this day I still dream of tasting that delicious, soft, cream cheese smeared spiced bread again. And let’s be honest, the pumpkin bread itself is great, but my favorite part was always the slightly sweet, slightly tangy frosting that accompanied it. So, after successfully re-introduced Nancy’s probiotic cream cheese into my diet (not a regular, more for special occasions), I decided it was finally time to try and recreate my mom’s recipe. Overall, my results turned out to be slightly addicting (in the best way possible). The kids devour it and even my mom approved and couldn’t stop snacking on it herself. If you cannot eat dairy, there is always the option o fu sing Miyoko’s dairy-free, vegan cream cheese in place of the Nancy’s. If you can’t handle nuts, feel free to make it without any frosting, it seriously is so tasty on its own.
Spiced Pumpkin Loaf
- 1 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup avocado oil
- 4 eggs
- 15 oz pumpkin puree, canned
- 1/2 cup granulated monk fruit
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (more or less to desired taste)
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 oz Nancy’s or Miyoko’s cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 oz non-hydrogenated palm shortening, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup powdered monk fruit
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp warm water
- Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Whisk together eggs, avocado oil, monk fruit, vanilla, pumpkin, and water in a separate bowl then whisk dry ingredients into the wet until smooth.
- Transfer mixture to a greased and parchment lined loaf pan.
- Place in a preheated 350 dg oven and allow to bake 55-60 minutes until done in the center.
- Allow bread to cool completely before removing from the pan.
- To make the frosting, beat cream cheese and shortening until smooth, then add vanilla salt, and monk fruit sweetener, mixing until smooth.
Matthew 5: 11-12 ““Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”