Healthier Marbled Pumpkin Bread

This marbled pumpkin bread is both a trick and a treat for Halloween as no one will guess that it’s made with whole wheat and lower in sugar than traditional pumpkin bread!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy, Pumpkin Bread
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Kelli


  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk any milk will work
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup ~141 grams plus ¼ cup (~28 grams) of white whole wheat flour, separated
  • ¼ cup 24 grams dark cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease loaf pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together oil, maple syrup, and eggs. Next, add pumpkin, milk, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
  • Slowly stir in 1 ¼ cup (141 grams) of flour until just combined.
  • Pour half of batter (about 1 ½ cups) into another mixing bowl.
  • Add remaining ¼ cup (28 grams) of flour to one bowl and the dark cocoa powder to the other bowl. Stir both until just combined.
  • Alternate drops of batter into prepared pan, in a loosely checkerboard-style pattern. Run a sharp knife through batter in a figure-eight pattern. Make about 2-3 figure-eight’s.
  • Place pan in oven and bake 50-60 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.


Adapted from Smitten Kitchen