Spiced Pumpkin and Sultana Bread


I will admit it: I am no good at sitting still doing nothing.

So on my Friday off work I have got the kids breakfasted and ready and taken them to school and kindy by bike, done a load of washing (at the old house since the washing machine still lives there currently), done the fruit and veg shop for the week, hung the washing and put away the shopping (at the new house), cooked a kilo of black beans, put a pot of soup on in the slow cooker, prepped some of the veg for the week, had lunch, picked up one kid from kindy, prepared her a snack and invented a cake…..and it is now 2:30 and nearly time to pick up the next kid.

So here is what I baked into the cake. It smells nice. I think it will be nice spread with nut butter or Jam or just plain!


6 medium sized ripe bananas

3 cups cooked pumpkin (either roasted or boiled or tinned)

2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (optional)

9 teaspoons coconut palm sugar (optional)

4 rounded teaspoons flax meal

1.5 cups almond pulp (1 cup of soaked almonds made into almond milk will yield this or just used 1.5 cups almond meal)

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 3/4 cups buckwheat flour

1 cup besan (chickpea) flour

1/4 cup potato flour

1/2 cup coconut flour

3- 4 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon cloves (ground) – I didn’t put this in but think it would be nice

1 cup sultanas (or raisins)


Preheat oven to 160 degrees C or so (perhaps in your oven more like 175 – current oven is a dragon!!)

Line tins with baking paper (I use a 20cm round and a small 30 x 10cm loaf tin).

Whip bananas in food processor until frothy.

Add pumpkin, linseed, spices, baking powder, sugar / syrup (if using) and almond pulp and beat until smooth.

Put mix in large bowl and add in the flours mixing well

Fold in Sultanas

Put mix in tins and smooth tops with spatula

Bake about 30 minutes in a “normal” oven or if you have a dodgy one like I do bake it (checking frequently) until top is slightly cracked and a skewer inserted comes out clean and before the sides and or bottom have turned to charcoal.

Yes I am dreaming of a new oven…..just a bit! 🙂


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