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Sweet and Spicy Holiday Loaves

Pumpkin and dark brown sugar loaves make for sweet afternoon treats or lovely gifts to share with friends and family.

2 small loaves (or 12 muffins)

Recipe Categories:

Breads and MuffinsDesserts Vegan

Updated: Mon, 04/09/2018 - 7:48am


  • 2 cups whole grain spelt flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar + extra for sprinkles
  • ⅓ cup brewed tea
  • ¼ cup apple butter
  • ¼ cup liquid coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup raisins or Zante currants (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 º. Grease 2 small (six-inch) loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl mix the spelt flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. In another larger bowl whisk together pumpkin, brown sugar, tea, apple butter, coconut oil, molasses, flaxseeds, and vinegar until smooth.
  4. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet and stir a few times. Add the raisins, and stir a few more turns until no dry spots are left.
  5. Measure batter evenly into prepared pans. Sprinkle brown sugar onto top of each loaf.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Check with a toothpick for doneness. Let cool completely in pans before turning out onto cooling racks.
  7. Serve warm with butter, apple butter, or orange marmalade! Enjoy!