Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread will make your Fall day complete. Nothing smells better than chocolate pumpkin bread baking in the...
On a crisp, chilly fall day, there is nothing that compares to the sweet, cinnamon-spiced aroma of fresh pumpkin bread baking in the kitchen. Well, nothing aside from the taste of fresh homemade pumpkin bread, still warm from the oven.
I love to eat (i.e. I am addicted to eating) pumpkin bread all season long as either a snack or, along with fresh fruit, soup or salad, even as a lunch. So this year I decided to experiment with adding some nutrient-filled ingredients to my pumpkin bread.
First, I made this recipe vegan by using a combination of olive oil and ground flaxseed instead of eggs or milk. You won’t actually taste olive oil or flax in the bread (just like you don’t taste milk or eggs in a traditional bread), but both contribute to making this pumpkin bread really rich, soft and moist.
I also added old-fashioned rolled oats, which are full of fiber and protein (to keep you feeling fuller for longer) and lower in carbs than most grains.
And lastly, but oh-so-most-importantly, I added plenty of dark chocolate (which counts as a nutritious ingredient because of the high levels of antioxidants found in dark chocolate, of course!). For the very best flavor, I use an organic dark chocolate bar and chop it into small chunks with a sharp knife. This type of chocolate is less processed, richer in flavor, and it melts into the warm pumpkin bread in the most delicious way. And dark chocolate, as luck would have it, just so happens to be an amazing complement to both the pumpkin and oatmeal.
One of my favorite things about pumpkin bread is the fact that it’s so quick and easy to throw together (about 10 minutes of hands-on preparation). Then you can just let it bake for about 40 minutes and let the oven take over all of the work from there, while you go about enjoying a beautiful fall day (and lots of delicious pumpkin-y aromas wafting from the kitchen). But that unbeatable, homemade, fresh-from-the-oven flavor tastes like a whole lot of labor and effort must surely have gone into such a confection.
Easy. Homemade. Rich. Moist. Nutritious. Gooey-Chocolate-Filled. What’s not to love?
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We're all for keeping Jennifer's bread vegan, but if you just happen not to be vegan, slathering this gorgeous bread with some cinnamon honey butter is totally acceptable.
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