I love pumpkin baked goods. And, quite frankly, after all the pumpkin baked goods I've eaten this fall and winter, I'm surprised I haven't turned orange. (my husband can attest to this crazy pumpkin eating!)
It's too late now, but for future reference, the absolute BEST place to indulge in your pumpkin fantasies is at Great Harvest Bread Company. Oh. My. Goodness. Of course, Great Harvest is delicious any day of the year, (What?! You've never been? Get thee to a Great Harvest, ASAP! Located at Central and Woodlawn or 21st and Maize. Go ahead. Stop reading. You can read after you're returned and can die happy, having experienced the yummyness that is Great Harvest.) but between October and December, Great Harvest sells pumpkin scones, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cookies. Year round though, they sell amazing breads, muffins, cookies, scones, and rolls in other great flavors.
You can visit Great Harvest Bread Company online, and read all about this great company. They buy their wheat from family owned farms, make their own flour in each bakery, and all their bread are all whole wheat.
In addition, they're very involved in their communities and like to make a point to give back. All in all, they're a great company with a great product!
However, since pumpkin season is over at Great Harvest, I'm going to share a great pumpkin recipe with you.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used a mix of all purpose and whole wheat)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup applesauce (or you could use canola oil, but why would you want to do that?
- 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (or milk chocolate) (more or less to your chocolate preference)
Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
This bread is SO good. It's very dense and has a mild pumpkin-y flavor to it and the chocolate chips are delicious with it. And, come on, it's practically a health food! Pumpkin, applesauce, whole wheat flour, eggs? All good for you!
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