Delicious and Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

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After the jack-o-lanterns are carved and the kids return from an evening of trick or treats we often search for creative ways to use that leftover pumpkin. Pumpkin is antioxidant rich and high in fiber. Below are a couple of my favorite pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin Bread

3 c. of pureed fresh pumpkin
1 2/3 c. of sugar
2/3 c. canola oil
2 t. vanilla
4 large eggs
3 c. whole wheat flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. baking powder
2 t. ground flax seeds (optional)
2 t. soy protein powder (optional)
1/2 c. of chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 c. raisins (optional)

(Makes 2 loaves)

Move oven rack to the lowest position so that the tops of your pans will be in the center of the oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease the bottoms only of two loaf pans, 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches or one loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.

Mix pumpkin, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into pans.

Bake 8-inch loaves for 50 to 60 minutes, 9-inch loaf for 1 hour 20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans on wire rack. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature for up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Pumpkin – Date Cookies

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. of stick margarine or butter, softened
2 c. fresh pureed pumpkin
2 large eggs
2 c. of whole wheat flour
2 t. ground flax seeds (optional)
2 t. soy protein powder (optional)
1 c. chopped dates
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
2 t. baking powder
2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. ground cloves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Beat sugar and margarine in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin and eggs. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack.

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on Google+.

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  1. Quirky Homemaker October 17, 2016
    • Cascia Talbert October 17, 2016

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