Introduction: Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bread
Being a big fan of pumpkin bread, I'm always on the lookout for some delicious variations. I wanted a bread that would make a good and relatively healthy dessert. Initially I was going to make cream cheese icing to frost the bread with. But then I thought, why not put the cream cheese inside the bread??? And the result was so amazing that I have to share!
This bread is moist, delicious, and gets away with using no butter and minimal sugar. Not too bad for pumpkin bread! It isn't overly sweet and makes a nice breakfast, snack, or of course dessert. And the swirls look just fantastic, almost too good to eat!
Try it out for yourself!
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients!
For this pumpkin bread, you need the following:
Cream Cheese Batter:
-1 (8 ounce) package softened cream cheese
-1/2 cup icing sugar
-2 tbsp all-purpose flour
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-1 cup pumpkin puree
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-1 cup white sugar
-2 tbsp chia seeds
-1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Step 2: Cream Cheese Batter
Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, icing sugar, flour, 1 egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Step 3: Pumpkin Batter
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chia seeds. Set aside.
In another large bowl, beat pumpkin, vegetable oil, 2 eggs, and white sugar. When well beaten add dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in walnuts.
Step 4: Preparing the Bread
Pour half of pumpkin batter into greased loaf pan. Pour 2/3 of cream cheese batter on top of pumpkin. Carefully pour remaining pumpkin batter on top of cream cheese batter, while attempting not to disrupt layer underneath.
Step 5: Design the Top
Using a spoon, make horizontal lines with the remaining cream cheese batter on top of the pumpkin batter. Use a small wooden dowel or a chopstick and drag it through the mixture in a zig-zag pattern. (see picture for example).
Step 6: Bake!
Cover loaf with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes or until done.
Let cool and enjoy!