Yummy desserts can be healthier and taste good too!

Yummy Pumpkin Pie!

Take an ordinary recipe for pie, sweet bread, cookies and you can make it into a less disastrous dessert by changing a few ingredients in the mix!

My daughter and I made this pumpkin pie from real pumpkins that we baked first in the oven while we made the pie crust.   (Cut pumpkin in half and place in pan cut side down, with 1/4" water, bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the pumpkin.)   At first she thought the pumpkin was too lumpy but trusted me that when cooked it softened right up, and it did.   The flavor was extraordinaire!

You can do this with pumpkin bread also.  Here are a few healthy substitutes from a standard pumpkin bread recipe (original recipe from my sister Marilyn):

Pumpkin Bread

Original Ingredients
First, Mix and put aside:                       Healthy Substitutes

3½ Cups            Flour                         Whole Wheat or Millet
2 tsp.                Baking Soda               Aluminum Free Baking Soda
1½ tsp.             Cinnamon                   Shaved Cinnamon
1 tsp.                Salt                           Pink or Gray Salt

Then, Mix until no lumps:
4 Eggs                                               2 Whole Eggs + 2 Egg Whites
2/3 Cups            Water
2 Cups               Pumpkin                    Bake a real pumpkin!
1 Cup                Oil                            ½ Cup Unsweetened Apple
                                                           Sauce plus ½ Cup Real
                                                           Softened Butter (No EVOO)
2-3 Cups            Sugar                        *Honey, Maple Syrup, Agave,
                                                           Molasses, Stevia. I prefer
   Maple Syrup.

Now, Blend the two mixes together.
Fold in raisins or nuts as desired (pumpkin seeds are good for magnesium or walnuts for omega 3).
Grease and flour bread pans, filling ½ way.
Bake 350 Degrees for 1 hour 15 minutes.
*For Sugar Substitutes see the site below for correct measure of substitute.  I do not approve of any artificial sweetener except for the natural herb Stevia. 

Sugar Substitutes

The internet is amazing to refer to when you want to substitute any ingredient in a recipe.  Good Luck and happy baking!


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