PUMPKIN DATE QUICKBREAD

When pumpkin seeds are used in recipes, I buy them hulled (at health food stores or most supermarkets). But for snacks, I roast the unhulled ones from a pumpkin.

When pumpkin seeds are used in recipes, I buy them hulled (at health food stores or most supermarkets). But for snacks, I roast the unhulled ones from a pumpkin.

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup pureed cooked pumpkin or squash (or canned unsweetened pumpkin)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds - divided
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Method

  1. In a large bowl, stir or sift together flour, bran, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
  2. With a whisk, mixer or in a food processor combine eggs with brown sugar, molasses, oil, pumpkin puree and buttermilk.
  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just mixed. Add dates and 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
  4. Transfer batter to a 6 cup loaf pan buttered and lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle top with remaining pumpkin seeds. Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until a tester comes out clean or until a meat thermometer reaches 185F.

PUMPKIN DATE QUICKBREAD

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