I’ve been waiting patiently (or, not-so-patiently) the entire month of September for pumpkin to arrive in Morgantown grocery stores.
Living pumpkin-less for the better part of this month, I’ve resorted to ogling the tempting images of mouth-watering pumpkin treats posted by fellow food bloggers--pumpkin breakfast oats, pumpkin chocolate energy bars, pumpkin cookies...and the list goes on.
But alas! Sunday, in a last-ditch effort to complete my pumpkin hunt at the 4th grocery store of the weekend, we found a small, picked over shelf of Libby’s pumpkin. A tiny, pitiful sign accompanied the shelf, noting “Pumpkin: Limited Quantity.” No kidding.
Needless to say we purchased 4 of the jumbo cans. I left two on the shelf for the next desperate baker to snatch up.
I wasted no time putting my pumpkin to good use. First on the recipe list? Healthy, hearty, and oh-so-nutty pumpkin bread.
My favorite almost-fat-free pumpkin bread recipe comes from Susan at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. While the bread would be virtually fat-free, I prefer to add a heavy dose of chopped walnuts to the batter, eliminating the “fat free” part, but (in my opinion), enhancing the healthiness factor with those awesome omega-3s. As a side note, I also reduced the sugar in Susan's recipe by 1/2 cup.
Thus, the Great Pumpkin Crave of September 2010 has calmed; the appetite has been satisfied.
And with an added piece of pumpkin goodness to my morning eats, it looks like my breakfast just got a little bigger :)
Pumpkin Bread (the healthy version)
This is a tasty, low-fat recipe that satisfies my pumpkin craving at breakfast like no other.
- 1 cup sugar (Susan's recipe calls for 1 -1/2 cups, if you prefer a sweeter bread)
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup water
- Egg substitute equivalent to 2 eggs (I just used 2 eggs!)
- 1 - 2/3 cups flour (I used a mixture of whole wheat flour with unbleached all-purpose flour)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice
- some orange zest (I didn't measure! Just mixed a little zest from a fresh orange right in!)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup dried cranberries
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2) Beat the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine all dry ingredients (except the walnuts and cranberries). Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Fold in walnuts, cranberries, and orange zest.
3) Bake for 60 - 70 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean (mine loaf was finished in 65 minutes).