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Pumpkin bread made a lìttle healthier wìth applesauce instead of oil! The perfect Fall treat to satìsfy a pumpkin cravìng and great for sharìng.

Applesauce pumpkin bread
Applesauce pumpkin bread


  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups sugar *see notes
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, sugar, applesauce, water, and eggs.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and stir until blended.
    Pour into bread or cupcake pans (will make 3 medium loafs or 36 cupcakes). Bake at 350 for 45 to 55 minutes for bread, 25 to 35 minutes for muffins, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.


*This can seem like a lot of sugar, I know! Keep in mind this recipe makes 3 loaves, but if it still feels like too much sugar for you, some readers have reported that they cut the amount of sugar in half (or even as low as 1 cup) for the whole recipe. I have not tried it this way but some people have preferred it with less sugar.