Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf

Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf

Yes, I am at it again cramming some vegetable into my baked goods.  I had a quarter of a pumpkin in the fridge that need to be used and I knew it wasn’t going to end up in a soup or be roasted so i pureed it and added it to a chocolate loaf.

The addition of the pumpkin gives this loaf a lovely dense texture without contributing any flavour (you might be able to taste a slight hint if you close your eyes and focus on it), but I can’t taste it.

I have only added chocolate chips on the top, but you can add some to the loaf if you feel like making it indulgent.  I have tried to keep it on the healthier side of a baked treat by only using a few on top and keeping the sugar under 1 cup for the whole loaf.  Some recipes that I googled used 3 cups of sugar and 3 cups of chocolate chips (what were they thinking – sugar coma, that’s what).

The boys have taken the muffins that I made with the excess mix in their lunchbox.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 Cups Self Raising Flour
3/4 Cups Raw Sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate Soda
1 1/4 Cups Pumpkin Puree
3 Eggs
1 Cup Sunflower Oil
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)

LET’S PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

1. Make the pumpkin puree by steam 1/4 of a kent pumpkin, then mash.  Allow to cool before using.

2. Place the first four ingredients into a large bowl and mix to combine.  Make a well in the centre and add the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips).  Stir until combined.

3. Pour into a lined loaf tin.  I had a little extra mix which made an additional 6 muffins.  Place into a preheated 180 degree Celsius oven and bake for 50 minutes (the muffins will only need 15 minutes), or until it bounces back when touched.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin, allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Enjoy on it’s own, or toast and spread some peanut butter on top.

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezer friendly: slice into portions and freeze in zip lock bags for up to 3 months.

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One Response to Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf

  1. Sue February 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm #

    What are some alternatives to the 1 cup sunflower oil please?

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