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Pumpkin Beer Bread

Posted Nov 12 2012 5:24am

pumpkin beer bread

Pumpkin beer bread… it was the perfect idea in using up some of that  homemade pumpkin puree  I made recently concocted in my Vitamix. Especially on a cool, crisp Fall afternoon.

Molasses… Smart Balance Better Butter … Pumpkin Spice… and Pumpkin Ale…

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Ale
can you spot my reflection in the bottle? lol

Isn’t Pumpkin Ale supposed to be available through the Fall Season? It was tough finding a bottle of Dogfish Ale Punkin Head or my favorite Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. I’ll need to map a specialty Ale store on my route next time. So I settled on 6-pack of KBC Pumpkin Ale from TJs.

One bottle of Pumpkin Ale for the bread. And 5 for me.

slice of pumpkin beer bread
I know, not a full slice. i cut it while it was still too hot. had to stuff the crumbs in my mouth…

This pumpkin beer bread made the house smell wonderful while it was baking (my favorite part of the holidays)! The bread is savory, not sweet. And would be perfect if served along side some savory chili during a cool, Fall night. Or… make mini-loaves to wrap & give as {healthy} holiday gifts. eh? *smile*

I used the Smart Balance Brand Butter in my baking because it the heart-healthier product with ZERO hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil and naturally trans-fat free. Smart Balance butter also provides extra nutritional suport form the Omega 3s and have powerful cholesterol-lowering properties that help to block cholesterol in the digestive track and prevent it from entering the vascular system. The Better Butter! 

And the Smart Balance Better Butter is great for spreading as well as baking. Booyah!

Pumpkin-Beer Bread

Pumpkin-Beer Bread


  • 12 oz pumpkin ale
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick Smart Balance butter , melted
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the beer, 2 Tbsp melted Smart Balance butter , pumpkin puree, molasses, and ground spices.
  4. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing with a spoon until no dry ingredients are left.
  5. Pour half of the remaining melted butter into the baking dish.
  6. Spoon the batter into the baking dish and drizzle the remaining melted butter over top.
  7. Bake 45-55 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Oatmeal in my Bowl

I was curious how the Smart Balance Better Butter Sticks would work in my baking. Especially because they are made with a mix of real butter and canola oil. I was wondering if they would hold up. Actually, I was hoping they would because 40% less saturated fat is a definite positive in my kitchen!

And the Smart Balance better butter sticks did pass the test. I didn’t notice a difference in taste or texture using the Smart Balance Butter sticks. It was all yummy goodness to me. Also, the family has been using the Spreadable Smart Balance Better Butter for our pancakes and veggies this past week. Still the same great taste, but without all the necessary saturated fat.

To find out more about the Smart Balance brand:

Smart Balance Better Butters

What do you love to bake (or have someone bake for you) during the holidays?

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own. And Smart Balance Butter can be used on a 1-to-1 ratio, but with 40% less saturated fat. Wooh-wee!

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