Recipe of the week
October is the time for the pumpkin:
The benefit of living here in Portugal is that unlike many other countries pumpkin is in season all year around.
We eat it for Easter, have it as a dessert for the summer picnics, grill it on the barbecue in spring barbecues, have it in stews in December and love it when it’s traditionally eaten in October.
The leaves are falling off the trees, it is no longer 40 degrees outside and instead is just 30 and the tourists are here in their 100’s rather than the 1000’s… We can also get excited over pumpkin stews, pumpkin pie and best of all pumpkin bread.
If you’re looking for good uses out of your leftover pumpkin flesh after the kids make Halloween lanterns out of them, then this recipe is for you.
Though for me, the attraction to learning how to make your own pumpkin bread is the fact that you can dump your ingredients into the bowl, mix with your hand mixer, throw them into a baking pan inside your Actifryer, sometimes called an Airfryer and then 15 minutes later you have pumpkin bread. If you don’t have an Actifryer then follow the link to see what they are and where to get one, they are a must for anyone wanting to cut down on fat and lose weight. It’s just as easy to make this in the oven anyway if you don’t want an Actifryer.
Not to mention that the pumpkin bread takes just 5 minutes to prepare. So that means that you have delicious pumpkin bread in just 20 minutes.
This pumpkin bread is really healthy too, there is no gluten in it, no unwanted E numbers and if you want your kids eating a healthy bread for supper for when they come home from school then give them a slice of this.
5 mins (not counting scooping out the pumpkin flesh but then the kids do that)
- 2 Large Eggs
- 6 Tbsp Banana Flour
- 8 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree (see recipe notes below)
- 6 Tbsp Gluten Free Oats
- 4 Tbsp Natural Greek Yoghurt
- 2 Tbsp Vanilla Essence
- 4 Tbsp Honey
- Pinch of Nutmeg
Place all the ingredients (apart from the oats) into a mixing bowl and using a hand mixer, mix until smooth and creamy.
Using a fork mix in the oats.
Grease your Actifryer or baking pan with a little extra banana flour and then pour your pumpkin bread mixture into the Airfryer or oven baking pan.
Smooth the sides with a spatula to prevent lumps.
Cook for 15 minutes at 180c/360f.
Cut around the edges and the sides of the baking pan and remove from the baking pan. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes and then slice and serve with butter.
I recommend that you use fresh pumpkin pureed for this recipe. We steamed our pumpkin in a pressure cooker, you could use a steamer but don’t boil it as you lose all the nutrients, drained the water and blended it with our blender. It gives a much richer flavour compared to a processed or boiled version.
If you want a sweeter version then you could either double up the honey or add some maple syrup. Either way, you have a foodie pumpkin bread heaven on your way.
Why use Banana Flour With Pumpkin Bread?
I often get asked why use banana flour in my recipes. Well, the truth is that banana flour is simple to use, very healthy and in my opinion completely tasteless.
This means that when you use it as a flour in baking, you don’t have an overpowering gluten-free flour taste. So if you don’t like coconut flour (I really don’t like it) then this is your Plan B.
I use a little when I need to so that I can thicken up a dough and it seems to last forever from such a small amount. If you can’t get it in the supermarket then get it Here.
Is Pumpkin Bread Gluten Free?
Absolutely! And even better it is 302 calories per ¼ of the pumpkin bread. Remember that is not per slice as the entire pumpkin bread makes 8 slices so that means you can have 2 slices for just 302 calories.