Whole Wheat Pumpkin & Chestnut Bread

May 18, 2012
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So when the chestnuts showed up at my door I first had to work out what to do with them. I wanted to go beyond just chopping them up and adding them to something else. But what to use, and what to make?


Pumpkin was top of mind and a quick search confirmed that the flavour would go well with chestnuts. I was determined to make a treat that was healthy and delicious.

Chestnuts on their own are a fantastic source of nutrition – fibre, calcium, potassium, a bit of protein, no cholesterol and rich in mineral salts and vitamins C, B1 and B2 andĀ folate. Chestnut Flour is a gluten free substitute for baking and Sweet Chestnut Puree can be a star on a cheese platter, fitting in as easily as quince paste.


There is no need to be afraid of cooking chestnutsĀ  – with a bit of quick preparation they will roast or boil perfectly – no explosions to be seen. If you missed the step-by-step how-to go take a look now, I’ll wait…

Ok, on to the bread!



Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chestnut Bread
Adapted from
Cookie and Kate


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c oil
  • 1/3 c rice syrup/honey/agave
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 c pumpkin puree*
  • 1/2 c sweet chestnut puree
  • 1 3/4 c organic stone-ground whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp each – cinnamon, ginger, sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp each – ginger, nutmeg, cloves
  • 1/4 c hot water
  • 1/2 c roasted or boiled chestnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 165C [330F]. Lightly coat a standard loaf pan [9x5 in | 23x13 cm] with cooking spray and line base and two sides with a piece of baking paper. Sprinkle the 2 exposed ends with a bit of whole wheat flour.

In a large bowl, beat eggs with a whisk. Whisk in oil, syrup/honey and vanilla until combined. Whisk in pumpkin and chestnut purees.

Sift over dry ingredients, pour in hot water and stir until just combined. Fold through chopped chestnuts.

Pour into prepared pan, sprinkle top with a bit of extra cinnamon and swirl surface. Bake in pre-heated oven for 50 mins to 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool in pan 10 minutes then turn out and cool completely on rack. Slice and serve.


  • I make my own pumpkin puree – it is far to easy not to. This recipe used steamed pumpkin [peel, cut into chunks, steam until very soft, puree until smooth] but roast pumpkin would be perfect too.


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11 Responses to Whole Wheat Pumpkin & Chestnut Bread

  1. Cookie and Kate on May 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Your bread sounds wonderful! If I come across fresh chestnuts next fall, I know what to do with them now!

    • JJ on May 21, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Glad you like it, I must try your original recipe one day!

  2. Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy on May 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I have started making my own bread and have been looking for some interesting recipes, thanks JJ for your wonderful and seasonal post!

    • JJ on May 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Cheers Anna, let me know if you make it :)

  3. Johanna on May 19, 2012 at 5:52 am


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  4. myfudo on May 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Feels like Christmas with this festive bread recipe…I am into breads now and this will be a great recipe to try.

    • JJ on May 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Hum, it would make a great addition to a Christmas sweets platter (or breakfast – ha!) thanks for the idea!

  5. Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul on May 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Love it..hmmm…your recipes always make me think. I want to do a variation of this…I just adore all those spices.

  6. brenda on June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Freeze a loaf for my next visit!!

  7. Erin @ she cooks, she gardens on June 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Yum, this sounds delish, I have a few pumpkins from Dad’s garden hiding in the cupboard at the moment just waiting for the right recipe. I think this might be it!

    • JJ on June 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Lucky you! Let me know how it goes :)

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