Pumpkin Bread

A recipe will probably seem random in the midst of all my other posts now! But here is a delicious pumpkin bread you have to try!

Delicious Pumpkin Bread

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In large bowl, with whisk, combine brown sugar and egg. Add pumpkin, oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract; stir to combine.
  3. In medium bowl, combine whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin spice seasoning, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Stir in nuts.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert pumpkin bread onto wire rack; cool completely.
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Autumn Morning Muffins

Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year. As the leaves change colours and the air feels cooler, I love experimenting with certain seasonal foods. This year, I’ve been really into pumpkin. Pumpkin Spice Cake has made an appearance a couple of times around our house. However, after having a baby, this is the first time I’ve been extremely conscientious about my weight. I decided I wanted to try to make a HEALTHY pumpkin muffin. Whether I have in fact succeeded or not, I don’t know, since I’m still not sure how many calories are in these, but after messing around with a few recipes I have come up with some muffins too delicious not to share.

Autumn Morning Muffins

Prepare and set aside:

1/2 an apple, chopped
1 cup of grated carrot
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

In a separate bowl:

1 cup quick oats
1 cup low fat milk
Combine quick oats and milk and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Add the following ingredients to the oats/milk:
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tbsp vanilla or cooled coffee
1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt or applesauce
2 eggs
3 tbsp. honey

In a large bowl mix:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all bran cereal
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. pumpkin pie seasoning mix

Add the apples, carrots, raisins and/or walnuts to the flour mixture. Fold in pumpkin mixture until just combined. Place in a prepared muffin tin and sprinkle with brown sugar, oats or cinnamon (or combine all three and sprinkle on, that’s what I did and it turned out wonderful). Bake at 375 F for approx 20 minutes. Makes 24 medium muffins.