Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

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To say that my posts have been a bit sporadic lately would be putting it nicely :).  I’ve been sitting on a stack of recipes that need posted for weeks now but life gets crazy, & well……you know how it goes.

So, I’m finally here today sharing one of my recent Fall favorites.  I’ve been a major pumpkin fan for many years, but I always thought pumpkin with other things sounded a bit odd, even pumpkin-chocolate chip breads or desserts, & y’all know how much I LOVE chocolate, right?!  Well, anyhow, I spotted this decadent bread on Pinterest a while back & thought I’d be brave & give it a try, being that pumpkin, peanut butter & chocolate chips are all at the top of my favorites list.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

I was NOT disappointed!  This bread is 100% delicious.  Moist, rich & more of a cake {in my opinion} than a bread, but that’s kind of what sweet breads are, if we’re being honest.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

Now of course, I had to change up the original recipe a bit, you know, to make it “healthier”. {I can’t even really say that without chuckling to myself.  Yes, I do feel using whole grains vs. white flour & unprocessed sugars such as sucanat vs. white or brown sugar is “healthier”, but just to be clear, I still wouldn’t consider this a “health food”.} Also, I did use homemade pumpkin puree, but canned pumpkin works wonderfully too.

This bread does come out very ooey-gooey in the middle, so if you’re not a fan of that gooey-ness, be sure to bake it a bit longer to make sure it’s all set.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. pumpkin puree {homemade or canned}
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/2 c. peanut butter
  4. 3/4 c. sucanat
  5. 1 1/2 T pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1 t baking soda
  7. 2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  8. 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Butter a 9x5 bread loaf pan, & then line with parchment paper {the short ends do not have to be lined}.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter & sucanat.
  4. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, baking soda & flour.
  5. Stir in 3/4 of the chocolate chips, reserving 1/4 to sprinkle on top.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan & sprinkle on the remaining chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes {add 5-8 minutes baking time if you like less ooey-gooey-ness}.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  9. Enjoy!!
Adapted from Crazy for Crust
Adapted from Crazy for Crust
Our Grace Filled Life http://ourgracefilledlife.com/
Ingredient links:

 Peanut Butter

Sucanat

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips

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Weekly Meal Plan {No. 17}

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weekly meal plan

 

Sorry, not a lot of time for chit-chat today :(, hope your week is off to a fantastic start though!!

Suppers

Meatloaf Sandwiches & Peas

Beef & Noodles, Carrots & Homemade bread {hubby’s birthday pick :)}

Cheeseburger Soup

Baked Steak & Cheddar Taquitos & Salads

Broiled Tilapia Fillets, Green Beans & Garlic Bread

Snacks

Chocolate birthday cake

Pumpkin bread

Apples & Bananas

Soaked Almonds


Weekly Meal Plan {No. 16}

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Happy Monday!  Time for planning again.  I’ve fallen a little off course the past few weeks with sticking to my plan.  I’d like to blame it on the chaos at our house with all our remodeling {check it out here}, but my knack for rebelling against structure, even my own, is the more likely culprit.  So, if you see certain meals showing up on my plan week after week, we really aren’t that repetitive, I just need to hold to my plan a little better.

For more on how I meal plan, see this post.

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Suppers

Meatloaf, cheesy potatoes & carrots

Loaded cheesy potato fries & salads

Cheesy grilled steak hash {this recipe here, using steak in place of the hamburger}

Sour cream noodle bake & salads {using my homemade roasted tomato sauce in the recipe}

Snacks

Soaked & dried almonds

Sliced cheese

Popcorn

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Living Room/Dining Room Remodel – It Begins…

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We’ve been living life on the easy side these past several months, enjoying our little family…..life was simple.  Since putting new shingles on our house last Summer, the Summer of 2012,  we’ve not yet tackled another major renovation project in our home.  We’ve done some little things here & there, but nothing earth shaking.

That’s all changed now.  One of the first projects dreamed up when we first bought this house was tearing down an odd wall that had been added at some point in our home’s history which divided an otherwise spacious front room.  This wall…

Front Room Remodel

Our living room for the past 4 years has looked like this…

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

This space has really been very cozy & we’ve loved our living room, red carpet & all :).

But, on the other side of that wall, there’s a fireplace…

Front Room Remodel

Here’s some more shots of what we’ve always refered to as the “fireplace room”…

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

Front Room Remodel

Because this room is so dark & just an odd space, we’ve never used it for anything more than storage.  Because of that, I feel like we are gaining an extra room in our house!

Once we have the wall out & we are left with one big open room, the plan is to move our living room area over to the space by the fireplace.  The other half of the room {where our living room was before} will then be our dining room.  I am SOOOO excited to see how it all turns out.  I’ve been arranging furniture & decorating this space in my head since the first time we looked at this house.  So fun!

Here’s a glimpse of the progress so far…

Front Room Remodel

The living room furniture is out……the wall is still intact just long enough to help contain some of the mess from the lathe & plaster removal…

Front Room Remodel

And a little bit of insulation starting to go back up…

 

Front Room Remodel

The mess is never fun to live through, you just have to keep focused on the finished product……it will get there……eventually.

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