Healthy Organic Whole Wheat Ginger-Pumpkin Chia Bread
1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (King Arthurs)
3 T Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Applesauce (I used Cinnamon)
1/3 Cup Honey
1/3 Cup Coconut Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
2 T Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Extract)
2 t Cinnamon
1 t Fresh Grated Ginger or Ground Ginger
1/2 t Fresh Grated Nutmeg
1/8 t Ground Cloves
Chopped Crystalized Ginger (awesome addition if you have on hand)
1 t Baking Soda
1/4 t Baking Powder
1 can Pumpkin
Combine Dry Ingredients in large bowl (Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Nutmeg, Cloves, Cayenne). Mix to Combine. Create a Well in the Center. Add Wet Ingredients (Eggs, Applesauce, Honey, Vanilla, Fresh Grated Ginger). Mix. Stir in Pumpkin and Chia Seeds. Bake 325-350, in prepared Loaf Pan lined with Parchment, 35 mins to an hour. 18-20 mins for Muffins.
This is definitely a recipe that can be easily adjusted to your tastes. If you don’t care for a quiet kick, OMIT THE CAYENNE.
If you hate Cloves…LEAVE ‘EM OUT.
I used Fresh, Ground AND Crystalized Ginger. How’s that for taking it up a notch?!?! Most people will probably not have all 3 on hand. No worries. Just use the one you have. A little goes a long way, but my family really loves the spice. If you are not sure, Start with only 1 tsp of GROUND Ginger. Add in from there for the next loaf. Ginger packs a good little spicy kick, and you might want to see the amount that you prefer.
Also, if you don’t have any Applesauce, you can substitute 1/3 cup Oil (vegetable, safflower, canola…something light). I was just trying to keep it on the healthy side by omitting all oil. TIP: You can sub in applesauce for oil in baking most every time!!! Keep the measurement the same and it should swap right out for ya!
If you don’t have a Whole Nutmeg to grate, you can use ground nutmeg.
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste. Wow, oh wow. You really need to buy this stuff. It is AMAZING. Seriously. The flecks of the Vanilla Bean are just simply sinful. Devine. You can use a GOOD QUALITY Vanilla as well.
As for the Sugar…You can sweeten it a tad more with this or you can just use a 1/2 cup of honey total. I am in love with Organic Coconut Sugar right now and am using it in everything (coffee, baking, etc). You can always use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.
And, as always, use Organic Ingredients when possible. And, be sure all your other ingredients are of the highest, most natural quality you can find. Remember: Your Food Is Only As Good As Your Ingredients!