Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread

This Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread is delicious quick bread that will bring a unique flavor to your fall days.

Fall finally arrived at the farmer’s market last weekend! All through September I waited impatiently for the peaches to be replaced with apples, the sunflowers with fall foliage. Now, in the second week of October, the fall produce has arrived!

Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread

I practically skipped through the market, taking in the sight of pumpkins, brussels sprouts, and purple sweet potato.

But the most thrilling find was a basket of knobbly, striped delicata squash. I had seen these photogenic gourds all over Instagram and couldn’t wait to try them.

I bought one to roast and add to meals throughout the week, and another to experiment with. I’d heard of “pumpkin” breads made with other types of squash, and I was excited to create my own.

It turned out better than I could have possibly expected. My family members devoured their slices and instantly asked for seconds.

If you make this Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment or share with me on Instagram. I hope you and your family love this recipe as much as mine does!

Cinnamon Delicata Squash Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1 delicata squash
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Topping:
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tbsp pepitas
Instructions
  1. Halve delicata squash and roast for 45 minutes at 375 ºF.
  2. Remove squash from oven, preheat oven to 350 ºF, and grease an 8x4 loaf pan.
  3. Remove skin, then mash squash in mixing bowl until smooth.
  4. Add egg, sugar, and olive oil to bowl. Mix until well combined.
  5. Gently stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  6. Once dry ingredients are incorporated, pour batter into pan.
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips and pepitas down the center of the loaf.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes.

 

If you like this recipe, you should also try:

Banana Baked Donuts

Blackberry Tahini Bread

Baked Apple Donuts

Honey Lemon Pancakes

I am officially a pancake convert. I’ve never been anti-pancake, per-say, but I am definitely someone who would choose waffles/avocado toast/yogurt and granola/oatmeal over pancakes every time. (Can you tell I’m a breakfast person?)

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Fortunately, this all changed when these slightly sweet, light, tender, perfect pancakes fell onto my plate, covered in a cascade of fresh, ripe, end of summer strawberries. They fit my checklist of a perfect pancake in every way. The nutty whole wheat flavor I love is definitely present, but somehow the pancakes still retain an airy tenderness. The pancakes are protein packed (12 grams for the recipe!), but without any of the odd flavor I find “protein pancakes” sometimes have. The honey-lemon flavor is subtle but essential, making these pancakes the perfect last hurrah for summer flavors.

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Considering I basically just wrote an ode to pancakes, I think it’s pretty obvious how much I adore them. These pancakes come together in no time, so while they are the quintessential slow, lazy weekend breakfast, I’m sure you could also whip some up when you want something special before work/school. And yes, I would absolutely wake up early to make these. They’re THAT GOOD.

If you do any one thing for yourself this weekend, it should definitely be making these pancakes (preferably in your bathrobe, while playing your favorite peaceful music/podcast, after sleeping in for a couple extra hours).

Honey Lemon Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbs greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp honey
  • ¼ cup wheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs sparkling water

Directions

  1. Combine egg and yogurt in a small bowl and mix until smooth and custard-like in appearance.
  2. Add in lemon juice and honey, then stir until incorporated completely.
  3. Gently fold in flour until mixture is smooth and uniform.
  4. Combine sparkling water and baking soda in a separate bowl. Once the mixture begins to fizz, stir it into the pancake batter.
  5. Set greased pan over high heat
  6. After about 30 seconds, begin adding ¼ cup batter to pan until all the batter has been used. (Should make four medium sized pancakes)
  7. Cloak with strawberries, drizzle with syrup, and enjoy!

Now that my love for pancakes has been activated, I’d love to hear all your favorite recipes! And if you make these, I’d love to hear about that too! Basically, just share all your pancake adventures with me on  Instagram or in the comments. Have a great weekend <3

Get Excited for Fall

For me, loving summer is so easy. Being happy and having fun comes naturally when I’m surrounded by sun and friends, without a single essay to write or math problem to complete. In the summer, I’m a more fun, more relaxed version of myself.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed how stressed and uptight I’ve become since going back to school. I having a feeling being so preoccupied and tense makes me less pleasant to be around, and it certainly diminishes the amount of fun I have in my day to day life.

To remedy my autumn blues, I’ve created a list of all the fun things I can do in fall. I can’t wait to reconnect with my relaxed, spontaneous side as I work my way through this list, and I hope it inspires you too!

  • 1st up, fall food!! Personally, I think the warm, cozy vibes of fall make it the best season for food. Hell yes to pumpkin spice everything!
    • Visit your favorite coffee shop whenever possible. Honestly, I don’t even like coffee (tea lattes all the way), but as the weather gets colder there’s nothing like a hot drink and the comfy atmosphere of your favorite café.
    • Buy yourself some fancy tea. For those days when you’re craving something hot and comforting, but don’t have the time/motivation/money to go get one, having a box of luxurious, fall flavored tea on hand is essential. I have a weakness for chai teas, so those are a fall staple, but I’ve also been wanting to try out an apple cinnamon tea to mix it up a little. And if you’re more of a classic tea person, you can never go wrong with a good Earl Grey.
    • I adore pumpkin bread, and love testing out new recipes. This year I’m planning to try Cookie and Kate’s Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread, which sneaks in a little nutrition to help keep us warm through those frigid fall days.
    • For those moments when one is a bit overwhelmed by the pumpkin-ness of fall, but still craving a seasonal treat, Pinch of Yum’s Gingerbread Mini Donuts are there to save the day. I have a donut pan that I haven’t used in ages, and I can’t wait to make these for a Sunday brunch with family or friends.
    • I’m not sure I’m a skilled enough baker to try this recipe, but I’ve been intrigued by the idea of homemade bagels for ages, and Inquiring Chef’s Pumpkin Spice Bagels look divine. If you’re able to pull this off, please send me some! (Until then I’ll be counting the days until pumpkin bagels become available at my local bakery.)
  • Fall style is awesome style. Easy and comfy are the way to go, and everyone looks adorable in a big sweater (yes, you definitely do. this is a fact).
    • Fuzzy socks are so important. When I’m feeling down, pulling on a soft, oversized, colorful pair of socks always makes me feel better.
    • When I want to feel cute but don’t have the time or energy to put together a complicated outfit, oversized sweaters are my go-tos.
    • Boots!! I have way too many pairs, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting more. I buy most of my boots at thrift stores, but I also love the styles from Steve Madden and Cole Haan.
  • Trying to incorporate new experiences and adventures into my routine helps keep life fun and exciting. Involving other people in these activities is also a great way to reconnect with old friends or create new relationships. This is my “bucket list” for fall!
    • Pick apples
    • Complete a school/work project you’re really proud of
    • Go for a walk and try to capture something quintessentially fall in a photo, a drawing, or in writing.
    • In the spirit of back to school, try a new workout/art/language/cooking class.
    • Watch your favorite childhood movie
    • Carve a pumpkin
    • Create an awesome DIY Halloween costume
    • Prioritize self care. When life starts moving quickly, it can be hard to remember to take time for yourself. Practice mindfulness and relaxation with the strategies from De-stress in 15 Minutes or Less (my first blog post!)

If any of these ideas inspire you, share your adventures with me on Instagram @16goingon60. Have a great beginning of fall!