Hello everyone! I am so excited for Thanksgiving weekend! I have a huge event coming up for work so lately I find myself exhausted after 10-12 hour days. I spend so much time in traffic that by the time I get home, my energy is SHOT. I hate to say it but — I don’t know many people who work really hard anymore. Honestly, I feel like people just say “I’m tired” for fun these days LOL. That’s not to say I work harder than anyone, I’m just saying that this generation and the “tired gene” go hand in hand. I feel like I am always tired, always sleepy, always wanting to nap. For the record, I NEVER nap…but the thought of it sounds divine. And one more thing for the recorddd! I am always tired, always saying I’m tired, etc. The main reason why I am mentioning this is because I never cook. Good transition, yea?
Being tired and working is no excuse not to cook, of course…but the thought of cooking just isn’t appealing when I’m drained. Baking, on the other hand, always excites me. I don’t bake often, but when I do, I thoroughly enjoy it. I don’t care for complex recipes, the only complex recipe I ever put into action is my boyfriend’s tres leches cake and I usually bake his favorite cake 1-2 times A YEAR!
I wanted to share one of my easy ONE BOWL recipes (just like my one bowl banana bread) that I found online that you can use over the holidays. The pumpkin flavor, the fact that it’s HEALTHY (don’t tell anyone), and the smell alone add for some holiday cheer. Check out what you’ll need, plus the instructions, below:
What you’ll need:
- One large bowl
- 9×5 in loaf pan (If you have one, if not, any pan with some depth will do.)
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin purée
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon allspice or cloves
- 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup hot water
How to make it:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- In your large bowl, beat oil and honey together. Add eggs, and beat well.
- Stir in pumpkin purée and vanilla, then the salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Stir in flour, just until combined.
- Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then mix briefly into batter until it is evenly distributed. Spread batter into the greased loaf pan.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake for 55 to 65 minutes. Be sure to check that the bread is done baking by inserting a toothpick in the top. It should come out clean. If the top of the bread jiggles when you pull it out of the oven, it’s NOT done! Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 5 minutes. Transfer the bread onto a plate/platter and allow it to cool for 30 minutes. You can slice it after it cools!
ENJOY!!! And HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 🙂