Everyone can agree that pumpkin is a fall favorite. There are many health benefits to consuming and using pumpkin in those delicious fall recipes. Pumpkin is packed full of fiber (3 grams per ½ cup of cooked pumpkin) and vitamin A. It’s also a low calorie choice (40 calories per ½ cup of pumpkin puree).

  • Fiber helps to promote satiety, regulate bowels, maintain steady blood sugar ranges, and can help to lower cholesterol.
  • Vitamin A is important for vision, the immune system, and bone growth.

Try this delicious pumpkin bread recipe!

Ingredients

2 ⅔ cups sugar
⅓ cup canola oil
⅓ cups unsweetened applesauce
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
4 eggs
⅔ cup nonfat plain yogurt
2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
⅔ cup toasted wheat germ
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups raisins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray two 8 ½-by-4 ½-by 2 ½-inch loaf pans or 24 muffin tins with the cooking spray.
  • Cream together the sugar, canola oil, applesauce, pumpkin, eggs and yogurt until smooth.
  • Stir together the flour, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Combine the dry mixture with the wet one; stir until well combined. Fold in the raisins.
  • Pour into the prepared pans (fill the muffin tins ⅔ full). Bake for 50 minutes (loaves) or 25 minutes (muffins).

Recipe from: http://www.eatright.org