Healthy Microwaveable Pumpkin Protein Loaf

A likely scenario:

You:  Not much can top having a slice of pumpkin bread for breakfast.

Me:  How about en ENTIRE loaf of pumpkin bread?

You:  Wait, a whole loaf?  Yeah, that definitely tops one slice.

Me:  How about en entire loaf of HEALTHY pumpkin bread?  A sweet and cinnamon-y bread that’s good for you but doesn’t taste like it.

You:  No such thing exists, duh.

Me:  Oh yes it does, my friend…

Healthy Microwaveable Pumpkin Protein Loaf

and it’s nutritionally balanced so you will feel full for hours.  It’s high fiber, but doesn’t taste like FiberOne cardboard, it’s high protein, but isn’t savory like a slab of dry chicken breast, and it’s sugar free, but is perfectly sweet.

You:  Are you for real?  If such a pumpkin bread exists, I’d like to see some proof.

Me:  Fine, here!  *I hand you my freshly baked microwaved loaf*

Healthy Microwaveable Pumpkin Protein Loaf
You:  Thaaanks.  *you take a bite and and your eyes open wide, you grin and run away with the loaf while simultaneously forking out your next bite*

Microwaveable Pumpkin Quinoa Flake Protein Loaf

Yield: 1-2 servings

Ingredients

  • 7g (1 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 82g (1/3 cup) 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
  • 1 tsp Apple Pie Spice (or spice of choice)
  • 4 packets Truvia (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 15g (1.5 tbs) Unflavored or Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used NutriBiotic)
  • 51g (1/2 cup) Quinoa Flakes

Instructions

  1. Spray a mini loaf mold (make sure it's microwave-safe) with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flax, almond milk, pumpkin, apple pie spice, truvia and salt.
  3. Stir in the protein powder. Then stir in the quinoa flakes.
  4. Scoop batter into the prepared pan, tap on the counter to level the batter, then microwave for ~5 minutes, or until surface springs back when tapped. Let cool slightly, then dig in!

Notes

This recipe is: sugar free, low fat, high fiber, high protein, gluten free, vegan!

Recipe adapted from: Pumpkin Quinoa Flake Microwave Muffin

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/microwaveable-pumpkin-quinoa-flake-protein-loaf/

Some delicious toppings include:  your fav nut butter, diced apples, pure maple syrup, raisins, whipped cream (I used Soyatoo Rice Whip), a dash of apple pie spice or cinnamon, a sprinkle of sucanat, crumbled pecans or walnuts, etc…

Healthy Microwaveable Pumpkin Protein Loaf
This loaf was so filling I could only eat half and saved the rest for later.  It’s like your own personal loaf of pumpkin bread… except without the refined flour, white sugar, brown sugar, butter, etc.  This loaf is incredibly nutritious, packed full of vitamins and minerals, but sure doesn’t taste like it!
Healthy Microwaveable Pumpkin Protein Loaf
Healthy Microwaveable Pumpkin Protein Loaf
So moist and muffin-like.  What are you waiting for?  Make this now!

Labels: Breads-and-Muffins, Brown-Rice-Protein, Eggless, Flax, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Fat, Microwave-Baked, Nutrition-Label, Pumpkin, Quinoa-Flakes, Single-Serving, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Comments (14)

  1. furbygang: December 7, 2012

    could I sub an egg white for the ground flax possibly? I’m allergic to flax seeds:(

  2. Anonymous: December 7, 2012

    I don’t own a microwave and don’t believe in cooking with them. This looks amazing and I’d like to try it. What are your suggestions for baking it in the oven? Also, could I use muffin tins instead of a mini loaf pan? Don’t have that either. Thank you SO much!!

  3. kerry.ajohnson: December 8, 2012

    Your pumpkin loaf looks amazing! I’m always looking for ways to add a little more protein to my breakfast, so I’ll have to give this a try. I love making quick breakfast bakes with quinoa flakes, so I’m sure I’m going to love this recipe too.

  4. Jessica: December 8, 2012

    I’m pretty sure an egg white would work! Otherwise, you can also try using ground chia seed or psyllium :)

  5. Jessica: December 8, 2012

    I would recommend baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for ~20-35 minutes (depending on the size of the muffin tin). Good luck!
    -Jess

  6. Sunflower: December 9, 2012

    I am definitely trying this soon! I love your blog and your recipes, you’re amazing! :) Thanks for another great dish!

  7. Emily: December 10, 2012

    What do you mean by quinoa flakes? Cooked quinoa, correct?

  8. Jessica: December 10, 2012

    Quinoa flakes are very similar to quick-cooking oats, they are super thin and light like confetti. I linked the product in the recipe, but this is the kind I use:

    http://astore.amazon.com/chockohlawtay-20/detail/B001JJXDSC

  9. kerry.ajohnson: December 17, 2012

    I’ve made this pumpkin bread twice since you posted the recipe, and I love it! It tastes amazing, and I can’t believe how healthy it is. I used vanilla soy protein powder and it worked great. I’ll definitely be making this often. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. Jessica: December 18, 2012

    I’m happy to hear the soy protein is a good replacement for the rice protein. I’m so glad you liked the recipe, Kerry!

  11. Alicia V.: October 1, 2013

    I don’t have quinoa flakes, so I was just wondering, would buckewheat work in any of these recipes? It seems kind of flakey..

  12. dessertswithbenefits: October 1, 2013

    Alicia-
    Hmmm, I haven’t made this with buckwheat before so I can’t be sure. If you are talking about buckwheat groats, I would pulse some in a blender or food processor so it can absorb water and cook a little easier and you won’t be biting into uncooked groats after. If you have quick-cooking oats (gluten free if you like), I would recommend those :)

  13. Carsen McCune: August 7, 2014

    I don’t have any protein powder, would it work without it?

  14. dessertswithbenefits: August 8, 2014

    Carsen McCune-
    I’m afraid this recipe won’t work without the protein powder. It acts like a flour and thickens up the batter, while also providing flavor and texture.
    If you don’t have any protein powder I would recommend trying out this Single-Serving Pumpkin Quinoa Flake Microwave Muffin recipe :)
    -Jess

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