Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice this moist and tender quinoa flour pumpkin bread is everything a pumpkin quick bread should be but a tad healthier, gluten-free and vegan.
HELLO there! I’m having one of those blogger breakdown moments where I have waaay too much stuff to share and not enough time to write everything. CONTENT OVERLOAD. I want to tell you guys all about my recent trips, show you some house updates, gush about my new found love for Orangetheory Fitness and give an update on my amenorrhea, but all of that has to wait because this pumpkin bread must be shared! I made it last month and I simply can’t keep the recipe to myself any longer.
You can thank me later…
Pumpkin bread is one of my all-time favorite fall treats. As soon as the leaves start changing I start craving it and this year was no different. Full-blown fall hasn’t arrived here in Virginia just yet, but the day I was baking this luscious loaf our house sure smelled like it.
So what’s the deal with this bread? Well, I started with my to-go pumpkin bread recipe but switching it up a bit by making it without eggs, milk or butter so it’s vegan AND with quinoa flour so it’s completely gluten-free as well!
I love baking with quinoa flour because it’s a whole-grain flour and is especially great for gluten-free baking because of it’s protein content. Since gluten is a protein, it is important to use high protein flours (like quinoa flour) when baking gluten-free. The protein from the quinoa flour will help provide structure, shape and rise — especially when making bread.
It has a rich, nutty flavor, which I like but it can sometimes be overpowering in mild-flavored baked goods. As long as you’re making something with a good amount of spice (like these gluten-free gingersnap cookies or this pumpkin bread) you probably won’t even notice it.
That said, if you’re new to using quinoa flour you may want to try toasting the flour ahead of time to help mellow the flavor a bit. You can also ease yourself in by using half quinoa flour and half all-purpose flour. <— Use gluten-free all-purpose flour if needed!
Once cooled this bread is moist and tender from the canned pumpkin and packed with pumpkin spice aroma and flavor. It’s everything a pumpkin quick bread should be but a tad healthier.
I will say, the bites with a chocolate chip are my absolute favorite. I mention that they’re optional in the recipe but you’re only allowed to leave them out if you must! And if you do, I would add in chopped pecans or walnuts instead — just to add a little texture. I’m a nut lover, but Isaac hates nuts in baked goods (and ice cream) so that’s why I add chocolate chips to pretty much everything.
If you make this quinoa flour pumpkin bread, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.