Pumpkin Nut Bread

This post is affiliated with the Vegan Month of Food.  Learn more about #VeganMoFo here.  In each post this month, I hope to give you a tidbit of information that will make you think about your food or animals.

Today I want to write about cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics.  

I love make up.  With that said, when I read articles about the horrifying tests companies perform on animals, it makes me sick.  Therefore, I try my best to only buy from companies that have these logos below:

There are so many options out there for natural and cruelty-free makeup!  Here are a few of my favorite brands:

Urban Decay - I'm pretty much obsessed with everything they have, especially their eye shadows and liners.

Tarte - Tarte's lip stains are amazing and creamy.  Their blushes are vibrant.

Beauty Without Cruelty - You can buy their products from their site as well as on Amazon. I like their skincare items, like face wash and lotion.

Ecco Bella - They're an environmentally-conscious company...and they're lipstick is perfection!

I'm not being compensated by any of these brands; I just really like them.  Also, for a full listing of cruelty-free brands, click here.

And now on to the recipe!

Gosh, I love fall.

This bread it a bit deceiving; it seems like it would be sweet, but it's actually a savory bread.  It has a rich, nutty flavor that pairs well with a vegan butter or other spread.  (Perhaps with my Bourbon Apple Butter?!)

Ingredients:
1/2 c. pureed pumpkin
1/2 c. ginger-infused vodka (learn more about infusing your own liquor!)
1/2 ripe banana, smushed
1 T. coconut oil, softened
3/4 tsp. sea salt
2 c. whole wheat bread flour
1/3 c. walnuts, chopped
2 T. coconut sugar
3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. yeast

Directions:
Load your bread machine as directed by the manufacturer. (For mine, I’m supposed to load it with the liquid ingredients first, then dry, followed by the flour and yeast last. I listed the ingredients in the order that I would put them in.)

Once it's done, preheat the oven to 375°.  Grease an oven-safe bowl with coconut oil and dust it with flour.  Place the dough into the bowl and cover it with a towel or plastic wrap for 20-30 minutes.

Bake the dough for about 30 minutes, inserting a toothpick to ensure that the bread it done.

Once the bread is cooled, slice it up!  It tastes best toasted with some sort of topping.  Enjoy!

Cheers,
-Aileen