Yummy Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin parade in Central Park, New York

Pumpkin parade in Central Park, New York

Pumpkins are plentiful now and there are plenty of good reasons for eating them.  First of all, this darker-fleshed member of winter squash is loaded with carotenoids—the deeper the color, the richer the concentration.  Carotenoids are powerful anti-oxidants that have been shown to be protective against cardiovascular disease, stroke, and many cancers.

Pumpkin is also a good source of B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.  This nutrient-rich vegetable helps regulate blood sugar balance, decrease inflammation, and boost immune function.

And, don’t forget about the seeds! Pumpkin seeds contain a variety of minerals, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols (including, beta-sitosterol, which has been shown to support prostate health).

Need another reason for adding pumpkin to your diet?  How about this yummy pumpkin bread recipe, given to me by a dear friend.  I look forward to making it every fall, and I hope you will too.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread

Makes 2 loaves

4 eggs, lightly beaten

2/3 cup water

1 cup canola oil

15 oz. canned pumpkin (or 2 cups puréed pumpkin; see note below)

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups sugar

3½ cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. nutmeg

4 tsp. cinnamon

½ cup walnuts, chopped

½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Add pumpkin, water, oil and vanilla to beaten eggs.

Mix together sugar, flour, salt, soda & spices.

Add to pumpkin mixture and stir until blended.

Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Pour into 2 greased 5 x 9 loaf pans and bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes.

Note: You can use fresh pumpkin for this recipe.  Cut raw, peeled pumpkin meat into chunks and steam until the pumpkin is very tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Let cool and then purée in food processor.

About Annette Cain

Annette Cain is an award-winning author, endurance athlete and certified personal trainer.

Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

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