Recipe: Gluten-free Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Bread 

Adapted by Annie Thomas, AKT Nourish


8 ounces cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1/3 cup sugar

3/4 cup gluten-free brown rice flour

1/4 cup of white rice flour

1/4 cup tapioca starch

1/4 cup potato starch

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon allspice

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (check label – not all are gf)

1/3 cup canola oil

1/2 of a 15-ounce can of pumpkin purée

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch x 5 inch pan with parchment.

Step one: For the cream cheese layer, combine cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium-size bowl. Stir until smooth and set aside.

Step two: In separate medium bowl, add brown rice flour, white rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Whisk thoroughly to combine and then set aside.

Step three: In another large bowl use a mixer to beat eggs, remaining sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined.

Step four: Add the oil and pumpkin purée; mix until combined. Add flour mix and mix to combine.

Step five: Put half of the pumpkin batter into the pan, then add all of cream cheese mixture and mix as evenly as possible. Next, top the layer with the other half of the pumpkin batter.

Step six: Bake approximately 50 minutes until lightly brown at edges and a toothpick comes out with very few crumbs. Allow to cool for approximately 15 minutes then remove from pan. Slice as desired and keep the remainder wrapped in plastic wrap.

About the Chef:

Annie Thomas is the chef/owner of AKT Nourish in historic Haymarket. Nourish is in its fifth year as one of the area’s only scratch kitchens. Before opening her first restaurant, Annie was a personal chef and art instructor. She is most thankful for her husband, four sons, her family, nine grandchildren, and her Nourish staff. The AKT Nourish staff is always available to prepare these or other recipes for holiday gatherings, whether it’s a dinner for 50 or a dish to bring to the office potluck. Call us at 703-754-6170 or email us at You may also find more information on our website

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