Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread – Made Over

honey walnut pumpkin bread

Clearly we’re a little pumpkin obsessed round these parts. But why shouldn’t we be? Pumpkin is so delicious and so healthy. Chock full of vitamin A. It’s most definitely obsession worthy!

Speaking of obsession, this pumpkin bread…oh, this bread. It’s moist. It’s rich. It’s scrumptious! Honey, nuts, pumpkin – perfection! I actually didn’t mix the nuts into the batter because one of my kiddos hates nuts. Instead, I sprinkled them on top so they were easily picked off. The nuts on TOP of the bread were amazing. They got all toasty in the oven and added a nice crisp juxtaposition to the moistness of the bread.

Did I really just write ‘juxtaposition’? All this pumpkiny goodness is going to my head.

The original version of this recipe racks up 320 calories and 17 grams of fat. Our version? A mere 244 calories and 8.6 grams of fat. Awesome, no?

Make yourself a loaf of this yummy pumpkin bread – or maybe two. Store in an airtight container. If it lasts that long…

Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 10 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread


Canola oil cooking spray
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup wheat germ or oat bran
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup fat-free milk
1 1/4 cup fresh or canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

Step by Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease an 8-inch loaf pan with canola oil cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oat bran or wheat germ, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a second large bowl, combine sugar, applesauce, honey, milk, pumpkin, egg and vanilla.
  5. Add this mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in walnuts.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake until cooked through and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  8. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack then remove from pan and set aside to let cool completely.


WW PP 7; Calories 244; Total Fat 8.6g; Saturated Fat 0.7g; Cholesterol 16mg; Sodium 104mg; Total Carbohydrates 37.1g; Dietary Fiber 4.2g; Sugars 19.6g; Protein 6.9g


honey walnut pumpkin bread

Modified and lightened up from original recipe at wholefoodsmarket.com.

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  • Helena

    There is no oil listed in the ingredients but step 4 says to add oil. Can you please clarify?

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      I’m sorry! I replaced the oil with applesauce!! So use 1/3 cup of applesauce and NO oil! I will fix it in the recipe now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tobiraymond Tobi Raymond

    I love that I found your website. Thank you for turning yummy fattening recipes into yummy skinny recipes!!

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      You’re welcome! Glad you’re here!!

  • erica

    directions mention oat bran but that’ not in the ingredients list. There is however wheat germ in ingredients but that is not in directions? Any suggestions on what to use if we don’t have either of those items?

    • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

      Sorry! The wheat germ and oat bran are interchangeable! You can use either. If you don’t have either, you could use the same amount of oatmeal, or just skip it altogether!

  • Joanne Orlando Talutto

    The recipe sounds healthy and yummy and I will try it with a slight modification – my only problem is with the canola cooking spray (read up on it) – nothing is wrong with using some natural butter – fat doesn’t make one fat and in an effort to create “healthy” recipes we sometimes substitute unhealthy unnatural ingredients – for instance the cooking spray is made from canola oil which is a GMO and the spray can contains propellant which contains alcohol, and fumes are emitted into the air. I hate to sound nit picky, but something to think about.