25 Nov 2020

Spiced Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves

Spiced pumpkin bread offers an elevated flavor to a classic fall treat that contains nutrient-filled spices to warm the body and soul. Pumpkin is vitamin-rich, containing A, B2, C, and E vitamins, and, like the spices in this recipe, it’s a source of beta carotene (Raman, 2018). The human body converts beta carotene to vitamin A, providing immunity support while encouraging healthy skin and good vision (Newman, 2017). 

With vitamins A and K contained in the cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) and cloves (Syzygium aromaticum), B vitamins in the nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), and beta carotene in both the spices and the pumpkin (remember orange fruits and vegetables tend to be high in beta carotene) , this spiced pumpkin bread offers an immunity boost while satisfying the taste buds (Hendel, 2017: Raman, 2018).

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Who can resist spiced pumpkin bread still warm from the oven? This recipe calls for 3 cups of sugar. Reducing the amount of sugar will alter the bread’s texture but applesauce is a good way to retain the sweetness while reducing the refined sugar content. Use a 1:1 ratio for substituting applesauce for sugar. Yield: 2 loaves. 

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs 
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) bark
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) flower bud 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While waiting for the oven to come to temperature, combine wet ingredients (oil, eggs, and pumpkin) in one bowl and mix well. Add eggs two at a time.
  • In another large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices) and mix well.
  • Slowly blend wet ingredients into dry ingredients, adding an additional 2/3 cup water as you stir. Blend well until ingredients are fully combined.
  • Divide batter between two greased loaf bans and bake for about 45 minutes.
  • Test for doneness by placing a cold clean butter knife into the center of one of the loaves. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. If the knife comes out wet, give the loaves a few more minutes and test again. 
  • Turn finished bread out onto baking racks to cool. 
  • Enjoy with butter or honey and wash it down with a steaming mug of immune-boosting chai. 

When making your spiced pumpkin bread, try to use fresh pumpkin that’s sourced locally. What a great excuse to hit the farmers’ market or local farm stand on a crisp fall day! (Make homemade pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins following these instructions.)

For more fall recipes ideas be sure to click below:

12 Herbal Thanksgiving Recipes
Easy Cinnamon Homemade Applesauce
Make Your Own Apple and Pumpkin Pie Spice Blends

Spiced pumpkin bread is a delicious fall treat


Hendel, A. (2017). 10 spices and their benefits [Online article]. Retrieved from https://www.healthcentral.com/slideshow/spices-with-benefits

Johnson, J. (2017). 12 herbal Thanksgiving dinner recipes for this year’s celebrations [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://theherbalacademy.com/12-herbal-thanksgiving-dinner-recipes/

Newman, T. (2017). What is beta carotene? What are the benefits? [Online article] Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252758#what_is_carotene

Raman, R. (2018). 9 impressive health benefits of pumpkin [Online article]. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/pumpkin