Healthy alternative to Starbucks pumpkin scone: Mickey Mouse style
Posted Sep 19 2011 10:22am
Many of you know that I just returned from my Walt Disney World vacatio n last week and I’m Mickey-crazy! Disney is truly the most magical place on earth and I try to re-create some of that magic at home in my kitchen.
Pumpkin is high in carotenoids, which fight cancer by neutralizing free radicals. Did you know that pumpkin has 33% more potassium than a banana? Pumpkin is also very high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. Pumpkin also contains 3,500 mcg of beta-cryptoxanthin, which can reduce the risk of lung cancer by 30 percent! Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. If that wasn’t enough, one cup of pumpkin has only 49 calories with a whopping 2 1/2 grams of fiber. Low calorie & filling….sign me up!
This treat tastes decadent enough to be dessert, but is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
This recipe started as a variation for the Starbucks Pumpkin Scone , which I was craving on Saturday, but decided against when I saw that it had 480 calories and 17 grams of fat. I decided to add more pumpkin and greek yogurt, which transformed the dough and created a treat much yummier!