Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Beer Bread

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This, my friends, is the answer to the question I posed to you this morning on my Facebook page!

Some of you were very close in your guesses with pumpkin! However, I sort of tricked you because I knew none of you would have guessed beer! This bread was made for an article I wrote on creating the perfect Oktoberfest menu, which will be live on She Knows later today!

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You can’t have Oktoberfest without beer, right? And what better way to enjoy your lager than inside a slice of moist, pumpkin whole wheat bread?

If you don’t like beer, you probably won’t like this bread. You can definitely taste it. However, I’m SO glad I used a fall beer, Oktoberfest (by Sam Adams) because it gave it even more of a pumpkiny, spicy flavor. I added in the pumpkin, on a whim, and am equally glad I did. It mellowed out the flavor of the beer and made the bread even more moist and cakey. Oh, and the addition of the pumpkin is a health boost too because you are getting a higher dose of vitamin A, C, K and E, as well as added potassium and iron! Ka-ching!

This is the perfect bread for your next party, brunch or Oktoberfest celebration!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Beer Bread

Yields: 6-8 slices
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 50-60 minutes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 – 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons regular sugar
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 12 ounces beer (I used Oktoberfest)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted margarine (you can also use butter)
  • Cooking spray
How to Make It:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix flours, baking powder, sugars, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Add in pumpkin and beer and mix until fully combined.
  3. Pour mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Pour margarine over the mixture and bake for 50-60 minutes until the center comes out clean when poked with a toothpick!
Although the melted margarine addition is optional, I URGE YOU to do it. It gives the bread a buttery flavor, so you don’t need to slap any extra butter on it! My roomies paired their pieces with spicy apple butter and it was incredible!
Nutritional information per slice: 280 calories, 6 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 50 grams of carbohydrates. 

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  1. Posted by Kelly on
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    Yummy!!  What a great combo, I'll take beer and pumpkin any day....with a side of beer ;)  Looks delicious!!
  2. Posted by Bake Your Day on
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    Holy moly this is what I call bread. I love beer bread, great idea to add pumpkin! 
  3. Posted by Michelle on
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    Pumpkin + beer + bread. The trifecta of awesome!
  4. Posted by Simply Life on
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    I'm definitely saving this recipe- it looks soooo good!
  5. Posted by Sarah Bulmer on
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    Oh I looove beer bread. I also love pumpkin beer. The two together sounds pretty darn good! :)
  6. Posted by Carolyn on
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    I've had plenty of beer bread and plenty of pumpkin bread, but never together.  Fabulous!
  7. Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    I love that you added beer to this! Your bread definitely looks so moist and amazing! 
  8. Posted by Jen on
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    I haven't tried the Oktoberfest beer, but the flavors sound like heaven in a bottle!  Or a bread...
  9. Posted by jen on
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    What a great combination of ingredients.
  10. Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    Wow wow wow... beer in it?  Amazing!  My husband who's not so crazy about pumpkin bread will definitely try this!! LOL.  Really awesome recipe!
  11. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    This looks so moist and wonderful! Very creative. 
  12. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    This bread looks so moist and yummy, Claire! A perfect fall treat indeed! Great idea to add the beer!
  13. Posted by Emily on
    Thursday, October 6th, 2011
    That looks delicious!!!  WOW!
  14. Posted by eliotseats on
    Saturday, October 8th, 2011
    A true Octoberfest recipe!   Loving this.
  15. Posted by Liz on
    Monday, October 10th, 2011
    What a fun treat for Oktoberfest!  My husband is a beer connoisseur...this might be the first quick bread he really likes :)
  16. Posted by Christina on
    Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
    Oh yeah! I bet this bread was incredible! I have made pumpkin bread before, but never pumpkin beer bread! I can't wait to give this recipe a try! :)
  17. Posted by Jon Massie on
    Thursday, February 16th, 2012
    i'm about to make this recipe right now!  but, if your goal is the advocacy of health, then you shouldn't use margarine in your recipes.
  18. Posted by Karan S on
    Thursday, August 9th, 2012
    I'm a big fan of pumpkin and cannot wait to try this; I haven't thought of putting pumpkin in a beer bread!  
  19. Posted by John Wiersma on
    Monday, September 24th, 2012
    I was out of "pumpkin pie spice" so I used:
    1 1/2 tsp ground cinamon
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1 tsp cloves
    1 tsp allspice

    I also added 1 tablespoon molasses and 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

    For the beer, I used Saranac Pumpkin Ale

    Came out great. Remember to keep it tightly wrapped as there is no oil or added fat in the recipe.

  20. Posted by Lauren on
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    WHOA! So pumped to make this bread!!! Looks incredible!
  21. Thursday, October 4th, 2012
    Question, how big is the bread pan you used for this?
    • Posted by realistic.nutritionist on
      Monday, October 8th, 2012
      I used a regular size loaf pan.
  22. Posted by Joie on
    Sunday, October 7th, 2012
    Ok, so i rarely post when i didn't like a recipe. I figure, differnt strokes for differnt folks. But this bread was really really awful!! Bitter, tough and a complete waste of all the ingredients.
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Monday, October 8th, 2012
      sorry you feel that way!
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