In addition to being good for you, pumpkin is a great replacement ingredient for some of the oil, butter or fat in quick bread, muffin and cake recipes. It adds the necessary moisture with a lot fewer calories.
The problem with a lot of pumpkin flavored baked treats – especially those you find in coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries – is that they’re loaded with eggs and contain a ton of sugar and butter or oil – which means they’re going to be sky high in fat and calories. A slice of Starbucks pumpkin loaf weighs in at around 330 calories and 12 g of fat. A pumpkin muffin from Dunkin’ Donuts has a whopping 600 calories and 26 g of fat.
If you’re trying to lose weight and/or eat healthier , it’s best to avoid the pastry case and bake up a batch of lighter healthier pumpkin bread, muffins or scones from scratch at home where you can control the calories by selecting lighter ingredients.
Did you know that you can convert any recipe for pumpkin bread into pumpkin muffins and vice versa? You’ll just need to adjust your baking times accordingly.
I’ve scoured the web to assemble a great collection of healthy low fat pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin and pumpkin scone recipes with 2 to 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values per serving for your reading, baking and eating pleasure. Enjoy!
Healthy Slimmed Down Pumpkin Bread – With canola oil, yogurt, egg whites and a combination of white and whole wheat flour; 140 calories and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus; Found at Good Housekeeping.
Low-Fat Pumpkin Bread with Pepitas - This bread is super moist and low fat, without all the added fat you usually find in store bought quick breads; 103 calories and 3 Points+ per slice; from Gina at SkinnyTaste.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Oat Bread - With the consistency of corn bread, but much more moist. The pumpkin flavor was not overbearing and the oats added a bit of chewiness’ 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus; found at The Capitol Baker.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Apple Bread – A delicious combination of fall flavors. When you’ve got limited time, bake this in a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan and star testing for doneness after about 15 minutes; 137 calories and 4 WW Points+; found at We Gotta Eat.
Healthy Sugar Free Pumpkin Oat Scones - adapted from both an oat scone recipe and one for pumpkin scones similar to that from a well-known coffee shop; 208 calories and 6 WW PointsPlus found at AllRecipes.