Easy Pumpkin Bread

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This easy pumpkin bread recipe is your classic quick bread — mix up your ingredients, bake, and enjoy this Autumn treat.

Easy Pumpkin Bread

With Thanksgiving upon us, shopping for turkey day is the next big “to do” on everyone’s list. As you are making your lists and tackling the stores, I wanted to give you a challenge. It’s a small challenge, but by doing this, and others doing this, our small acts can add up to making a big difference. 

Here’s the challenge: this Thanksgiving, I’m asking you to join me in being Be Carton Smart. To be #CartonSmart, all you have to do is make a small swap — buy at least one of your grocery purchases in a Tetra Pak® carton package, rather than other packaging, such as a can.

If you are wondering why this is a big deal, check out this infographic that shows you why Tetra Pak cartons are a great choice. 

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My personal favorite reason for purchasing Tetra Pak cartons is that they are easy-to-open. I choose to not have an electric can opener in my kitchen, but use a manual instead. With Tetra Pak cartons, I can zip through my cooking prep faster and no hassle with the can opener.

I’ve already started getting #CartonSmart for the holidays — I was sent an assortment of products that are packed in Tetra Pak packaging. I was sent chicken stock — which this is the only thing that wasn’t new to me in a carton, as I already buy all of my chicken stock in a carton. Do you buy yours in a can or carton?
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I didn’t realize that I could get other holiday favorites also packaged in cartons, like cranberry sauce…
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…and pumpkin puree too.
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One thing I make every year around this time is Pumpkin Bread. I usually use canned pumpkin, but this time, I decided to use Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree. The consistency of the pumpkin puree was thinner than the canned varieties I’ve been familiar with, but the packaging reassured me that it would produce the same results. Sure, enough, I was really happy with how my pumpkin bread turned out.
This is an easy, classic pumpkin bread. In one bowl, you’ll mix up the wet ingredients. In another bowl, you’ll mix up the dry ingredients. And then combine the wet & dry mixtures together before dividing between two loaf pans. While baking can take 50-60 minutes, mixing this up doesn’t take much time at all.
Here’s the full recipe – ready for you to print or save to your ZipList
Easy Pumpkin Bread
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 16 oz Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9x5" loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sugar and oil. Stir the eggs and pumpkin into the sugar/oil mixture. In another bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Stir the dry ingredients, a little at a time, and water into pumpkin mixture. If using nuts, stir them into the batter. Divide the batter between the two loaf pans.
  3. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.
If you aren’t familiar with Tetra Pak cartons, you might be wondering how many products are in them. Rest assured, there is many awesome food products in cartons for your holiday meals. Visit http://pacificfoods.com/ or Be Carton Smart for inspiration and links to on where to find carton products. You can also Tweet @CartonSmart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest.
Do you accept my #CartonSmart challenge? Leave me a comment telling me how you’ll be #CartonSmart this holiday season. Remember, it only takes one small change! 

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  1. says

    I didn’t realize that you could get all of these items in Tetra Pak cartons. When I lived in Romania a lot of products were, but i’m slowly seeing them show up at stores here. I love pumpkin bread. Like triple love it.


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