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Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl

This recipe is going to blow your mind.  For real.  You may have been weary about reading this post because the title just sounds so calorie-laden.  While the title accurately describes the picture, it also leads you astray – this is LOW calorie bread, folks.  Like, we’re talking around 50 calories per slice.  And a slice is an EIGHTH of a loaf, not some scrawny piece that you could see through because its so thin.  Seriously.

I didn’t believe it when I found this recipe on Pinterest but the woman who blogged about it first said she actually ate the whole loaf in a sitting because it was so good.  I was curious, so I decided to try it out on friends this week.  Surprisingly, there is a lot of flavor here and my friends were pretty impressed.

Enjoy!

Batter:
  • 1 1/2 c. pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. Stevia Cup For Cup sweetener
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground nutmeg
Cream filling
  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
1. For the Batter: With an electric mixer, beat the pumpkin, applesauce, egg, and egg whites on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, Stevia, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
2. For the cream cheese filling: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg whites and flour until creamy and smooth.
3. Grease 2 8x4x2″ loaf pans. Divide half of the batter between the two pans. Pour half of the filling in one pan and the other half in the second pan and smooth with the back of a spoon. Top with the remaining batter.
4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t overbake or your bread will be dry on the edges. Cool and remove from pans. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
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Classic Zucchini Bread

Yes, I’m still going…I hope you’re not sick of zucchini or anything!  And watch out friends and family…baked goods are coming your way so I can protect my waistline!

Growing up, my Mom had this ugly, orange Betty Crocker cookbook that her mother gave her when she moved out on her own.  When I went to college, I realized that that cookbook was actually pretty valuable and contained many of my favorite classic dishes that my Mom and Grandma would make.  I started searching and couldn’t find a copy of that ugly book anywhere – apparently burnt orange was no longer the color of choice after the 70s passed?  Finally, after complaining to my Grandma that I really coveted their cookbooks, she found me my own copy…Betty Crocker had updated that book and made it a beautiful shiny red color.  They even added new recipes, guides and tips, nutrition information, additional categories, etc.  Perfect!  While its not the most gourmet cookbook I own, I still love it when I’m craving some good ole’ fashioned farm cooking…just like the food Grandma makes…thankfully with the updated editions, Betty Crocker didn’t loose sight of that original book.

So all that rambling brings me to the classic Zucchini Bread recipe, the one my Mom always made, courtesy of Betty Crocker herself.

Enjoy!

  • 3 cups shredded zucchini (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 (8×4-inch) loaf pans or 1 (9×5-inch) loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray.

In large bowl, stir zucchini, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs until well mixed. Stir in remaining ingredients. Divide batter evenly between 8-inch pans or pour into 9-inch pan.

Bake 8-inch loaves 50 to 60 minutes, 9-inch loaf 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on cooling rack 10 minutes.  (I made 4 mini loaves and baked for 35 minutes)

Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on cooling rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

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