Another Winter recipe with seasonal produce during the month of June in Australia. Pumpkin is normally associated with soup or roast veggies, today it is a sweet loaf loaded with nourishing whole foods ingredients to keep you fuelled throughout the day.
What I love about this recipe is the use of both pumpkin flesh and the seeds to complete the taste sensation. What better way to bring an end to the cooler days with a rustic ripe & ready – Pumpkin Coconut Loaf.
Nutrition in Focus –
Pumpkin Flesh- Colourful for the kiddies, low in fat and rich in Vitamins A & C, making it a bright and healthy addition to the family dinner table.
Pumpkin Seeds- The edible seed of a pumpkin are also termed ‘pepitas’ and a good source of polyunsaturated healthy fats; that may support lowering cholesterol levels, rich in iron; essential for red blood cell production and transport of oxygen throughout the body & magnesium; a role in relieving muscle tension and supporting the nervous system.
Pumpkin Coconut Loaf Recipe
Prep: 20min | Cook: 1hr 10 minutes | Serves: 10
- 1 1/2 cup wholemeal spelt flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp mixed spices
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sunflower oil
- 2 cup grated butternut pumpkin
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or pepitas (for the top of the loaf)
Preheat your oven to 360ºF (180ºC) line a loaf tray with baking paper.
If you have a processor to grate the pumpkin – this saves time. Otherwise hand grate the pumpkin and set aside.
In a large bowl add flours, sugar, baking powder and mixed spices and give a quick stir through using a fork.
In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, oil and milk and then pour into the dry mixture and stir through with a spatula. Add in your grated pumpkin and gentle fold through until combined.
Transfer the mix into your lined loaf tin and spread out evenly. Add the pumpkin seeds over the top and gently press in slightly using the spatula.
Bake for 50minutes and check the surface is not burning. You may need to either cover with foil at this time or lower your heat to 150 ºC to allow the center to fully cook through (usually takes 1hr and 10 minutes all together).
Cooking with alternative flours such as coconut always results in a slightly more dense texture. This rustic loaf is will only get better the more times you make it.
NOTE: You can alternatively steam your pumpkin first and add a mash into your recipe instead of the freshly grated option.
Made with Love,
Looking for another great winter recipe? Why not try my Sweet Carrot & Curry Soup for a robust warming dinner.