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Makeover Holiday Pumpkin Bread

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


2 loaves (12 slices each)

This bread has been served in Gale Spross' family for over 30 years. This Wills Point, Texas cook wanted to cut the fat and sugar from this holiday treat. Our Test Kitchen slashed the fat by more than half, reduced the cholesterol by a third, and shaved off 86 calories from the original.—Taste of Home's Test Kitchen


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 4 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Combine the eggs, pumpkin, oil, water and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pecans.
  2. Spoon into two 8x4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 197 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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