Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Pumpkin Loaf Recipe and Lots Of Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate and Walnut Loaf

As promised here is my pumpkin loaf recipe, by the way you gotta try this!

You will need:

1 cup of spelt flour
3/4 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1 cup pumpkin puree
100g small dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup golden syrup (you can use any syrup I used this at Dales request!)
1/3 cup walnut oil
2 eggs
walnuts and coconut for topping


Pre heat oven to gas mark 4, generously butter a 8/9" loaf tin or use parchment paper like me.
Pulse oats in a processor to make a rough oat flour, then pour into a bowl with the flour, baking soda cinnamon, crushed nuts and chocolate chips. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, oil and syrup. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix together but don't over stir. Pour mix into the loaf tin then sprinkle with topping of choice I used walnuts and coconut. Bake for 50-60 minutes then do the knife test. Press a knife into loaf and if it comes out clean the loaf is ready! Let it cool.

Then enjoy a slice with a freshly brewed coffee, amazing : )

The Bloggers Cookie Exchange!

Back in March I organised a cookie exchange with a few bloggers that were up for the challenge here are the links to their posts and some cookie porn for your eyes!

Jemma from Celery and Cupcakes made
Cinnamon Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Emma from La Mia Vita Sana made
Pumpkin Cookies

Bekee from Girl Running made
Fruit and Oat Cake Bars
Bekee's partner Bronagh doesn't have a blog but you can see what she made on Bekee's blog

Jeska from Lobster and swan made
Spiced Cookies

Karin from Give Me Bananas made
Chocolate Chip and Thumb Print Cookies

Lucy from Porridge and Parsnips made
Coconut Mango and Peanut Butter Cookies

Ffion from Chocolate and Raspberries made
Apple and Oatmeal and Hazelnut Bake Cookies

Laura from Keeping Slim and Getting Stylish made
Banana, Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Marijke from Beauty In The Balance made
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maria from Running Cupcake made
Nutty Apple Loaves, Cherry and Carob Cookies and Peanut Caramel Brownies!

Blimey that took ages! ha ha well there we go enjoy reading everybody's posts I certainly did! There are a few missing here as I did not have any photos sent to me from those bloggers and after a quick check on their blogs I can't find a post.

I hope everybody had as much fun as me doing this swap?!
I will no doubt hold another swap later in the year maybe with a theme this time so leave it with me : )


Do you like to use veggies/fruit in your cakes?

I love beetroot in cakes, pumpkin, courgette, carrot, apple the list goes on! I find they make cakes really moist and yummy : )


  1. Wow thanks for that recipe- it looks lovely.
    I love carrot in cakes, of course, and I did try a courgette loaf recipe which was lovely too. And I am going to make some lemon cakes later :)

    1. Welcome I hope you have a go at it and enjoy the wonderful loaf! Yum sounds like a yummy bake off! X

  2. SO many yummy cookies! Thank you for organising the exchange!

  3. Thanks again for organising the swap - it was so much fun!
    I'm a sucker for fruity cakes - anything citrusy is my favourite.

    1. Oooo me too lemin drizzle us my favourite! X

  4. Thanks again for organising the swap it was such good fun!

  5. Thanks again for organising the swap it was such good fun!

  6. What a great idea! It's fun seeing the results of cookie exchanges because cookies are so versatile! I love apples in cinnamon raisin cookies and pineapple in cakes or muffins.

    1. Yum i love apple in any baked goods!

  7. Thanks for hosting! and Loved my cookies thanks Karin :)

  8. Oh gosh this looks stunning!! I can't wait to try that recipe.

    The swap was so much fun and I loved the cookies that I got.

    I am starting the juice detox tomorrow. We'll see if I survive... :)

    PS I have been reading your posts but for some reasons it woulnd't let me comment! The comments box was all weird - maybe it was also my computer.. Fingers crossed this works. xx

    1. Oh you must it is a glorious loaf! Good luck with the detox x x