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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall Favorites: Ginger Pumpkin Bread


Photo Credit: Elaine Magee

What’s November without some pumpkin bread? This is a moist and mildly flavored pumpkin bread recipe that you can embellish with any other favorite fall ingredients like pecans or walnuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruit of any kind.

The original recipe called for a stick of melted butter; I’ve trimmed this down to 3 tablespoons and used canola oil instead. Some lowfat buttermilk was added in place of the lost butter. Mostly whole-wheat flour was used instead of 100% white flour and the sugar was decreased by 25% and the 2 eggs were replaced by a higher omega-3 egg and an egg white.


3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons lowfat buttermilk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 large egg, omega-3 if available
1 large egg white
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Coat the inside of a loaf pan (8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) with canola cooking spray or light margarine and dust lightly with some white flour; set aside.
  2. In large mixing bowl on low speed, combine canola oil, buttermilk, sugars, pumpkin, egg and egg white and beat until completely blended, scraping bowl after about 20 seconds. In medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, ginger and salt.
  3. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating on low speed only until just combined, scraping bowl toward the end.
  4. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 50 minutes). Let it cook for 10 minutes then invert pan and transfer the pumpkin bread to a wire rack to cool completely, if desired. Serve warm or cold.

Yield: Makes 10 slices

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members journal as: 1 small muffin OR 2 slices whole grain bread

Nutrition Information per slice: 169 calories, 3.5 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 21 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 178 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 26%

Week #1: Topless Chicken Pot Pie
Week #2: Super Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Week #3: Spiced Apple Cake

Week #4: Ginger Pumpkin Bread

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Posted by: Elaine Magee, RD at 8:05 am

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