What’s better than pumpkin bread? Protein pumpkin bread made with Kodiak Cakes! Each slice of pumpkin bread is just slightly over 100 calories and yields 9 grams of protein!
A few weeks ago I shared my pumpkin turkey meatloaf, today it’s pumpkin bread (or loaf to stick with my theme). Both super easy, flavorful, and packed with protein.
What’s with all the protein you ask? well sometimes I just like to have options for reaching my protein goals other than the usual (though most days it’s not a problem) and it makes a great on-the-go snack. I still love a traditional pumpkin bread but I like to play around and have alternatives too! (I’ll be talking more about protein in an upcoming Health & Fitness post).
Anyways, you might be sensing a roll with this loaf theme, but I’m outta loaf recipes at this point.
Anyways, what gives this pumpkin bread a good amount of protein is a scoop of protein powder and the addition of Kodiak Cakes mix in place of standard all purpose flour. They have several different kinds of mixes, but I use the Power Cakes version that has more protein than their standard pancake/waffle mix. Our local Costco carries a BIG box, but it can also be found at Target.
I used a sample pack of Quest Vanilla protein powder which is rated high to bake with and always gives great flavor, but you can use whatever vanilla powder you like. No need to buy a big tub of protein powder either! You can grab sample packs at most health/vitamin stores. I recommend using one that doesn’t include greens or something like Jay Robb brand that offers an egg white protein powder (which is awesome as a shake!) because your results will not be the same! Stick to a standard vanilla whey…
I received this recipe from a friend on Facebook who graciously allowed me to share it. I made only a slight change to her original recipe swapping 2/3c baking stevia for 2 TB maple syrup.
This bread is very dense and also meets my other standards:
Pumpkin bread must have a good balance of spices, but not overpowering. This does!
Pumpkin bread must be able to be sliced thick, yet yield good macros. This does!
Each slice yields 117 calories, 9.1p, 17.7c, and only 1.4 grams of fat leaving room for some butta, if that’s your thing. Or, try it with some whipped greek cream cheese and a dusting of pumpkin spice…heavenly.
And just for fun…here’s what really goes on behind the scenes:
Bosco is always at my feet. If you look at the top of his back you’ll see some crumbs that I swooshed off the table before snapping a photo of the pumpkin bread…I didn’t realize until later they all landed on him. This is why I vacuum daily- dog and crumbs.
and my hubby brought me home some Tim Hortons coffee just in time to enjoy a slice…or two…
Tired of pumpkin yet? Yea, me neither.
- 1 15oz. can pure pumpkin
- 2 2/3 cup Kodiak Cakes-Power Cakes pancake and waffle mix
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or any milk)
- 3 TB unsweetened applesauce
- 2 TB pure maple syrup
- 1/2 TB vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup egg whites (I use the carton kind)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used a sample pack of Quest vanilla which is great for baking)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Spray a loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside
- Combine all wet ingredients-pumpkin, milk, applesauce, maple syrup and eggs- in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently stir to combine all ingredients.
- Batter will be thick.
- Spread into loaf pan and bake 50-65 minutes (toothpick should come out fairly clean as the bread will dry out a bit once cooled) Cover with foil during last 15 minutes if the top starts to brown too much.
- Best within 2-3 days or slice it and keep in the freezer to heat up/toast when ready