Healthy Pumpkin Apple Bread with Maple Glaze

Pumpkin and apple. The combination of my two favorite fall flavors baked into one healthy, not-too-sweet pumpkin apple bread.

pumpkin apple bread with maple glaze

I love, love, LOVE autumn and everything it symbolizes. Life dialing down from the turbo speed of summer. Vibrant colors coming to life after dark, chilly mornings. Warm earthy foods.  Pumpkins and apples.

Last weekend I was craving something sweet to pair with my morning cup  of brew.  A sweet that my soul, psyche and thighs would not regret.  Something fall-y, somewhat  indulgent yet healthy.  It happened to be homecoming weekend and I was in a silent lather –my babies were knockout gorgeous and the reality of them not being kids anymore was knocking. So I did what any mother experiencing such heart palpitations would do; I dug deep into my recipe archive and pulled out my girls’ favorite preschool snack that I used to bake what seems like not that long ago. And in keeping with a season of change, I put a new spin on that ole recipe.

Voila! Pumpkin apple bread made with a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat pastry flours, fresh picked apples from the backyard tree, plenty of spice, and a generous drizzle of maple glaze.  The glaze adds just enough decadence without loads of calories and nicely enhances the pumpkin, apple and cinnamon flavors of the bread.

The bread is moist but firm enough that I’m sure it would make delicious French toast. {I’ll have to try that sometime.}

slice of pumpkin apple bread

Best of all, my girls remembered those preschool muffins and we shared sweet memories with a slice of this pumpkin apple sweet bread. What a great way to start a beautiful autumn day.


Healthy Pumpkin Apple Bread with Maple Glaze
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  • 1 Cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup pumpkin
  • ½ Cup canola oil
  • 1 Cup chopped apple
  • Maple Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ tablespoon water
  • 1-2 teaspoons real maple syrup
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the remaining "wet" ingredients except the apples.
  3. Add the wet to dry, being careful not to over mix.
  4. Gently stir in chopped apple.
  5. Spoon batter into greased 9" bread pan and bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before loosening sides and turning out onto wire rack.
  7. To make glaze, melt butter in a microwave safe bowl or saucepan. Stir in remaining ingredients and stir until smooth.
  8. Drizzle over bread and enjoy!



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