Just because you are eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the enjoyable seasonal goodies. You just have to be careful with portion control. One slice of this pumpkin bread is 220 cal.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
4 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups sugar
1 cup honey
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, combine oats, sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until oats are toasted. Remove from heat.
For bread, in a large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, sugar, honey and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Fold in walnuts.
Transfer to two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle tops with oat mixture.
Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Editor’s Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
1 slice: 220 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
Originally published as New England Pumpkin Walnut Bread in Taste of Home September/October 2015, p81