Chocolate Quick Bread

Chocolate Quick Bread

Another bread recipe for you and this one is extra chocolatey and contain a secret ingredient! Guess what it is!!

Chocolate Quick Bread

The secret ingredient is pumpkin!!

I have a lot of pumpkin puree left over since I bought a huge can of it. So when I found a recipe by my favorite blogger over at Edible Perspective for a chocolate quick bread that uses sweet potato puree, I knew that I can easily substitute it with pumpkin puree.

Chocolate Quick Bread

I also used Hershey special dark chocolate with almond nuggets since I have a lot left over as well. I chopped up the chocolate nuggets and fold it into the batter. However, the best part is not only the sprinkle of chocolate throughout the bread but the chocolate oat crumbles on top!

Chocolate Quick Bread

To make it more chocolatey, since I love dark chocolate, I also chopped up some more dark chocolate nuggets and sprinkled it on top as well.

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The bread turned out fantastic! The bread was almost brownie like, which is my favorite! You can barely taste the pumpkin since it’s so subtle, which let the chocolate to really shine. The chocolate melted nicely on top as well. Each bite was heavenly. C loved it so much that he ate two slices right away! I love to crumble it on top of my oatmeal, which I did this morning. It was pure bliss. I can’t wait to make this bread again and maybe try mashed bananas instead of pumpkin next time since I love bananas and chocolate together!

Chocolate Quick Bread

Chocolate Quick Bread //yield 8 servings
Recipe slightly adapted from Edible Perspective

Ingredients
Chocolate Oat Crumble:
1/8 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup rolled oats
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, slightly melted
2 Tbsp oats flour
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt

For The Bread:
1 1/3 cup oats flour
1/2 cup almond meal
6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
5 Tbsp light brown sugar
6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup almond milk + 1tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp honey
6 Tbsp plain greek yogurt
5 pieces of Hershey special dark chocolate with almond nuggets, chopped

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F and oil one 9×5 loaf pan.
2. For the chocolate oats crumble, mix everything together in a bowl. Set aside.
3. For the bread, mix the dry ingredients (oats flour through salt) in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (eggs through yogurt). Pour the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients and stir with a large wooden spatula. Gently fold in the chopped chocolate.
4. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
5. Bake for 65 minutes or until a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, slice and enjoy!

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread

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First off, I want to say that it is snowing here in Boston! After C and I were done working out this morning, it started to snow. The walk back to our apartment from the gym was freezing, but it was beautiful to see the snow falling on top of all the leaves.

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Second, I finally have the time to post up the recipe for the pumpkin banana bread that I promised last week! This bread is so delicious and it’s super healthy!

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The bread is a mix between a cake, bread, and brownie! C told me that it’s almost like a pumpkin brownie, and loved it so much that he ate most of it!

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There was no oil or butter involved either since it was moist enough from the bananas and pumpkin. I reduced the sugar content to only 1/4 cup too since the bananas were sweet enough. I also sprinkled some oats on top at the last second just because it looks prettier, but you can omit that if you want.

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Just look at how moist it is! The bread is also great as a post-workout meal, on top of your oatmeal, or just as a snack!

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Healthy Pumpkin Banana Bread //yield 8 servings
Recipe adapted from Add A Pinch

Ingredients
3 ripe bananas, peeled
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F and spray one 9×5 loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix bananas and sugar until well-blended.
3. Then add in the pumpkin puree and mix until creamy.
4. Next add in the oat flours, almond meal, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and mix well.
5. Fold in the chopped almonds.
6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, slice and enjoy!

Nutritional facts per serving: 238 calories, 32g carbs, 10g fats, 8g protein

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Bread

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Boy do I have a recipe for you today! It involves pumpkin (if you haven’t guess that already 😉 ) and cream cheese.

pumpkin cream cheese breadImagine a moist pumpkin spice cake combine with a creamy “cheesecake” layer on top. This is exactly what this bread is.

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Not only will your taste buds thank you for making this bread, but your apartment will also smell fantastic when the bread was in the oven. And if you’re living with a roommate, they will also thank you for the wonderful aroma that surrounds your apartment. Now that’s a lot of thank yous.

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When I told C that I was making a semi-healthy pumpkin bread with cream cheese for him, he was thrilled. He was amazed at how moist it was and the great part is that I only used 2 Tbsp of oil in the entire loaf.

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So not only does bread taste delicious and smell wonderful, it is pretty healthy! To make it even healthier, you could eliminate the cream cheese layer but I wouldn’t recommend that because it is too good and creamy. It’s almost like a thin cheesecake.

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Just look at that. So moist and creamy.

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It only took me 30 minutes to prepare it, 45 minutes to cook, 30 minutes to photograph it, and about 5 seconds to eat it.

It is so good.

pumpkin cream cheese bread

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Bread //Yield 8 servings
Recipe adapted from An Edible Mosaic

Ingredients
For the Cream Cheese Batter:
6oz reduced fat cream cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Pumpkin Spice Batter:
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F and lightly grease 1 9×5 loaf pan.
2. For the cream cheese batter, beat together the cream cheese, egg, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Set aside.
3. For the pumpkin spice batter, mix together the brown sugar and egg until light and fluffy in a medium bowl. Then stir in the pumpkin, canola oil and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Next, mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
4. Pour the pumpkin spice batter in the loaf pan. Then pour the cream cheese batter on top. Bake for 45 minutes or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Cool for 5-10 minutes, slice and enjoy!

Five Favorites

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1. I took this picture of the Boston Commons in early October after having a lunch outside with my fiance.

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2. Last week, my fiance and I traveled all the way out to Woodlands to find the hospital where I will have my interview the following week. We decided to stop by Shake Shack since it was nearby and we have always wanted to try it. We both got a burger and shared the fries and a peanut butter concrete. It was amazing and definitely worth the trip out there.

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3. I love how pumpkin is in season again! I love fall.

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4. I love this picture. I wanted to take some fall pictures. So my fiance took me all the way to the Arboretum on tuesday just so I could take some fall pictures. I love him.

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5. I love this spot that my fiance and I found in Woodlands. It was the perfect tree.

Have a great weekend, friends!

Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

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Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love how the leaves changes color, the weather gets cold enough so that you can wear your boots and thick sweaters, and the fact that pumpkin is in season again. I love pumpkin and I made it a tradition to bake something pumpkin once fall starts. The first thing I baked once I bought my first can of pumpkin was a pumpkin latte bread, which I also drizzled some nutella on because C requested it. It was good but I forgot to take a picture of it and that’s why I don’t have a post about it for you. However, the second thing I made was the pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls and it was amazing! C loved it so much that I have made it twice already. It is not the healthiest dessert but it sure is satisfying and it’s ok to indulge in moderation right?

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I used store bought Pillsbury crescent round doughs to make these cinnamon rolls to save time. It only took me about 30 minutes to put it together. The result was a fluffy, slightly sweet, soft pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls. It literally melted in my mouth. And to make it even better, I also made the pumpkin pie cream cheese frosting, which I drizzled on top. It was delicious.

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These rolls were gone in less than an hour. It was that good and I bet it would taste even better with a cup of coffee too.

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Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe from Diet Hood

7 Servings

Ingredients: 
1 can crescent round doughs
1 Tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 Tbsp milk (I used almond milk)
1/8 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

For the frosting:
2 oz reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

To make the pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degree F.
2. Lightly greased an 9X5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
3. Separate the dough and roll it out on a cutting board.
4. Brush the dough with melted butter.
5. In a small bowl, mix together the  pumpkin puree, milk, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
6. Evenly spread the pumpkin filling on the dough.
7. Carefully roll the dough and lightly pinch the edges together.
8. Cut the dough into small circles and place it in the loaf pan.
9. Bake for 16 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.

To make the frosting: In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract until it is creamy.

To assemble: After the cinnamon rolls are cool, top each rolls with 1 Tbsp of the frosting. Enjoy (in moderation of course)!