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?!)

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

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!