Skinny Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

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I have a weakness for bread.  And bread is one of the worst things for you and so high in carbs.  This bread turned out fantastic for being lower in calories!   But is it any good?  It is delicious!  And you would never know that you use applesauce and wheat flour in it.  It didn’t last long in our house, it was too yummy!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Skinny Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
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A delicious a moist pumpkin cream cheese bread with half of the calories!
  • Batter:
  • 1-1/2 c. pureed pumpkin
  • ½ c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ c. whole wheat flour
  • ½ c. Stevia Cup For Cup sweetener
  • ½ c. granulated sugar1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon1/2 t. ground nutmeg
  • Cream filling:
  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
  • ¼ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  1. For the Batter: With an electric mixer, beat the pumpkin, applesauce, egg, and egg whites on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, Stevia, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
  2. For the cream cheese filling: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg whites and flour until creamy and smooth.
  3. Grease 2 8x4x2″ loaf pans. Divide half of the batter between the two pans. Pour half of the filling in one pan and the other half in the second pan and smooth with the back of a spoon. Top with the remaining batter.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t overbake or your bread will be dry on the edges. Cool and remove from pans. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
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  1. That looks and sounds great!! Stacie xo

    • Terri Johnsen says:

      The calorie count is quite off here. I like the idea of the bread but I like to know what I’m eating for calories. Especially when I am trying to loss weight. I did the calorie math and even divided into two loafs this comes out to a minimum of 787 calories per loaf. I can however see ways to get the calorie count down maybe another 100 calories or so per loaf. Still sounds yummy!

      • I agree with you Terri, I also found it highly unlikely that this bread only had 500 calories per loaf. My calculations came out much higher too. 🙂 It still looks very good!

  2. That looks so yummy I just made pumpkin butter and posted it on my blog… Its my favorite time of year…pumpkin everywhere. I cant wait to make this one… Saving calories where you can is always awesome!

  3. love this alyssa…I can’t eat sugar substitutes like Stevia…can I just do a full cup sugar?

  4. Looks great!
    I wish I could taste it. I’ve never eaten such bread

  5. That looks amazing. We love sweet breads and pumpkin! How perfect. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Love seeing new faces. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  6. southernscraps says:

    This looks and sounds awesome!

  7. My Thrifty Chic says:

    This sounds delicious! Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am your newest GFC follower 😉 I love to cook, in addition to my fashion blog and so you can find new recipes every Sunday 🙂 I’d love for you to stop by and see my newest creation 🙂

  8. I love that the entire loaf is 500 calories, because the way this looks I will probably want to eat the entire thing! Thanks so much for sharing, I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Veronica Michelle says:

    How long are you supposed to bake this?

    • Oh I guess that little detail is needed right? I have gone ahead and added that. Bake it at 350 for about 40 minutes. Mine took a little longer. But just make sure the toothpick comes out clean! 🙂

  10. Smart! School {House} says:

    This is being featured on Whimsy Wednesday today! Party starts soon:) Beautiful photos and recipe!

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

    Love that you party with us!

  11. Katie Moody says:

    one 8oz package of cream cheese has more than 500 calories -__-

    • I am not sure where you have gotten your ingredients. Mine are just basic wal-mart brand.
      Flour 1/4 cup= 100 cals. Making it 400 cals
      8 oz fat free cream cheese= 96 cals for 3.5 oz making it around 250 cals
      Applesauce 1/2 cup= 52 calories
      Currently am out of sugar.
      Can of pumpkin= 60 cals
      egg whites= 32 cals
      This total is about 794 cals without the sugar.

      I plan on buying all of the ingredients and taking a picture for all of you getting technical about the calories. Being technical or not, this is a healthier way to enjoy a good pumpkin bread. 🙂

    • Brenda Mueller says:

      When you add up all the calories it’s about 2,200, not 1,000. The flour called for is a total of 728, the real sugar 581, and the cream cheese (neufchatel) is about 590. Those ingredients alone add up to 1,899, not counting everything else.

    • Even when dividing the batter into 2 loaves, the calorie count per loaf is well over 500. 🙂

  12. Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs says:

    Oh my goodness yummy !!

  13. This sounds great! I am looking for ways to still enjoy the good stuff with fewer calories!!!

  14. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on now at ‘Or so she says …’. We’ve also got a fun “Favorite Things” giveaway going on right now. Hope to see you there!

  15. Found this on Pinterest and love it!
    I would also love to have you share this, or any other recipe of your at Wednesday Extravaganza – my Foodie Link Party with the chance to get a lifetime feature on my Wall of Fame. Here is the link:

    Can’t wait to see you there!

  16. How much sugar to use if not using Stevia?

  17. Just repinned this! Whether or not it’s healthy, has 1 million calories or 500 or whatever it is, I really don’t care b/c the pictures look amazing and I’d love to try a bite! 🙂

    • I agree, I still can’t wait to try this! The picture looks amazingly yummy and the fact that it is healthier than your average pumpkin bread is a HUGE bonus! Thanks so much for sharing, I LOVE pumpkin so cannot wait to try this healthier alternative!

  18. Kimberl Kerr says:

    Don’t take the 500cal off! That is what drew me to your post. I am always looking for low cal desserts/breads to make. People will critic you even if you said it had 1,000cal in the loaf. I pass by recipes that don’t give the nutrional value, its important to me.
    Keep doing what your doing, there is always one in the…

    • Man I sure did take a beating for putting that in the title! Haha Either way it is healthier and lower in calories!!! Thanks for the support!!!

  19. I made this today and it is delicious!!! BUT my ingredients came to a total of 2,124 calories (I entered it into MyFitnessPal). Admittedly it’s difficult to get fat free cream cheese here in Hong Kong, but I used Philadelphia 1/3 less fat (light) and that alone is 490 cal. Anyway I get 8 slices per tin (2 tins) and each slice is 133 cal. Now that is good news 🙂

    Next time I will make it with 100% stevia and that will knock off 600 cals straight away. The flour alone is 675 cal so can’t see how to improve on that. I so need fat free cream cheese!!

    Thanks for a great recipe and loving your site!

    • For flour you can switch some of it for oat flour! Just blend up some plain oats in a blender, instead of 1/4 c flour which being around 100-150 calories, oat flour is 150-170 for 1/2c!

  20. I’m glad to see that you’re using Stevia instead of those terrible neurotoxin fake sweeteners. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Please don’t take the calories off! Some people just live to complain and put others down. I was drawn to this because of the calorie count, and I’m so happy I have a yummy, autumn dessert I can enjoy all season without feeling guilty. Thank you!

  22. I made this yesterday and it was wonderful. I did not have loaf pans so I made it in a bundt pan and it turned out perfectly. For the cream filling, I used cream cheese that was made partly with greek yogurt, so it had 4 grams of protein and half the fat of regular cream cheese. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It really satisfied my craving for pumpkin bread.

  23. Hey!!! Oh I loved this! I’m a photographer and LOVE food photography, and when I made this, I photographed the process, BUT I never posted it to the blog because I couldn’t get the marbling that you got! Was there a trick to it with the cream cheese? Please help!!! 😀

  24. Made this bread today. It was delicious!! I am closely watching my calories, so I did work out the calorie count. It looks like you didn’t add the wheat flour, whole egg, extra TBLS flour and underestimated the 1 1/2 c pumpkin (my can said 120 calories), the 5 egg whites are 85 calories and I bought the Wal-mart brand fat free cream cheese and it is 320 for 8 oz. When I added it all up it came to about 1900 calories for the 2 loaves. That is REALLY good (the calorie count) for a quick, sweet bread, so thank you for the recipe!!…I just thought I would add a more accurate calorie content so those that are watching their calories don’t over do eating it….not to be nit picky…:)

  25. This looks “to-die-for” delicious!!
    Do you think agave nectar could be used instead of stevia?

    • Good question! I was wondering the same thing. I think it would be fine but I will have to test it out. 🙂

  26. Hey, I’m still pretty confused as to how even 1 of 2 loafs is 500 cals, without the cream cheese topping part my calculations using the info on the labels is still 750+ (with the cream cheese mixture it would be at least 25o more) I LOVE that this is healthier, but I do think it’s only fair to have detailed nutrition info when posting these recipes. may people may go ahead and eat the whole loaf thinking it’s only 500cal (or half thinking it s a very reasonable 250) when it’s really twice that! That will definitely through off a diet.
    I don’t think you need to change the name or anything, but having the real count on here is probably important. I’m not being critical, I really think it’s a great and yummy healthier version of a usually very fat filled recipe!

  27. I actually thought that the 500 calories was per SLICE, and I still looked because it looks so GOOD. Imagine my surprise–that’s per loaf…WOW

  28. I think everyone who is being nit picky about the calories is ridiculous! Plain and simple it is much healthier and calorie conscience than regular pumpkin bread! If counting calories is such a big deal to those you should go out and find a different recipe or make your own!

    Alyssa you did wonderful and I am definitely going to try this I’m so sorry some people just think to bring their negativity to others whenever they find the chance! Keep your head up because you did a magnificent job! I love pumpkin bread and this will keep me on better try during the fall season than eating all the regular pumpkin bread I devour!

    Thanks steph

  29. Oh my stars people! (I want to say gosh, but I tell my 3 year old she can”t say oh my gosh. Oh wait, who am I kidding? My 3 year old isn’t going to read this….) Oh my gosh people! This recipe has been up almost a year, and you’re still griping about the calorie count?! She has said umpteen times already that your ingredients may vary some. She made the calculations based on the ingredients she used. If you are watching your calories that close, then by all means do the calculations yourself. Take the recipe. Leave the recipe. Just quit complaining about it!!

    And Alyssa, I can’t wait to try this. It looks delish.

    • I love you!! And it is delish! Lesson learned not to write the calories in a recipe. 🙂

    • Seems like a mighty big discrepancy for the calories…maybe that’s why people are “griping”. The people I read seemed to have a fine attitude. It does seem like some people around here are on the defense though?

  30. Hi alysssa! This pumpkin bread looks amazing! However, i dont have stevia, how much regular sugar should i use instead?

  31. If I don’t have any wheat flour on hand can I substitute the same amount of white flour–making it 1 2/3 cups flour total?

  32. Do you think you could just use gluten free flour instead of the flour and whole wheat flour? I can’t have the gluten but your recipe looks delish.

  33. Hi – This recipe looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it. I have never used Stevia before in my baking. Do you have a brand you like? Do you just purchase it at the grocery store- or do you need to order it online?

  34. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Pumpkin bread is a favorite around my house and your picture looks amazing. I try to sneak healthy foods and recipes in since my husband loves junk food (yet somehow manages to stay thin, lucky guy!). I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year but promised him I would soon so hopefully he won’t notice this is healthier than my usual recipe. And whether this is 500 or 5000 calories I appreciate you sharing a healthier recipe. The other people on here complaining about your calorie count really need to quit being so picky! If you’re really trying that hard to keep your calories down you probably shouldn’t be eating this type of food in the first place! Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Just curious if you have experimented with using ground flax as an egg replacement, or if you have used agave nectar as a sugar sub in this recipe. I don’t bake much, so I am wondering if adding the dry ground flax in place of a couple eggs, and using the wet agave nectar in place of granulated sugar may all balance out and bake up right.

  36. Looks yummy! 500 calories or not I am sure it is worth it. Plus I workout so no big deal

  37. I just bought all of the ingredients to make this today & my bread pans are missing :/ Would it work out the same if I tried it in a muffin pan??

  38. Hi do I have to do the wheat flour or can I do the same amount of just regular? I have everything else to make it but that! Looks so yummy!!!

  39. Tracy Kelsey says:

    Made this, followed everything to the T and it was AMAZING!! Everyone at my home/job went crazy over it! Haven’t stopped making it since. Thank so much!

  40. WOW this looks AMAZING! I may have to try this! I am a healthy food blogger and this is right up my alley!!

  41. Love it! Made without the filling…tasty and dairy-free.
    Thank you.

  42. Great recipe…made without filling…dairy-free for family member
    Thank you…Rate as 5….
    Having trouble rating on phone.

  43. I made this cake and loved it! Because I am a compulsive bread eater, I played with the ingredients to lower the calorie count and loved it even more knowing I was consuming less calories. I substituted the white flour with whole wheat, truvia for sugar 1/2 cup, did not add the egg whites, and eliminated the cream cheese completely:) bread was still fluffy, moist and supper yummy!!!

  44. Just pulled this out of the oven! Can’t wait to have a slice. I actually added calories in mine, as I didn’t have some of the ingredients:) WOO-HOO! Thanks for the recipe!

  45. FWIW, I followed your recipe exactly and divided it into five mini loaf pans and if the nutrition information on My Fitness Pal is accurate, each loaf is 499 calories. So there’s your 500 calorie skinny pumpkin cream cheese bread!

  46. did you skip a part in the recipe about putting in the cream filling? it seems to be missing.

  47. What is quantity for c ??

    It is coffee spoon ?
    Or table spoon ?

    Or somethings else….i’m french canadian ?

    Thank you

  48. Does anyone know how many net carbs are in this? Would be thrilled to hear it’s low!

  49. This bread was delicious! I used all white whole wheat flour, fat free cream cheese & sweet n low instead of stevia. I also coated the top with brown sugar & cinnamon before I baked it. Yummy!

    • Oh yeah I also poured half the batter in one 9x5x2 loaf pan, then the cream cheese mixture, then the rest of the batter & just swirled it all in. Came out perfect!

  50. I made this bread and it was very good and moist. Be advised though…the calorie count is way off. I made 2 loafs dividing each loaf into 10 small pieces. There were 110 calories per piece. Next time I am going to leave the cream cheese out and use 1/4 cup less sugar which will make each piece 75 calories. Good recipe but way more calories than stated.

  51. The pumpkin bread says it is 500 calories for the entire loaf. This is not possible. Low fat cream cheese 560 calories, flour 455 and this is just 2 ingredients.

    • I have since changed it so that it doesn’t say the exact calories hoping I wouldn’t receive further comments. Also it makes 2 loaves, not one.

  52. Can this recipe be frozen


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