Makes: 2 loaves, 12 slices each
Active time: 15 minutes | Total: 3 hours (including cooling time)
Canned pumpkin puree and whole-wheat flour come together in this healthy homemade pumpkin bread. The canned pumpkin helps keep the bread moist and tender. If you like the flavor of pumpkin pie spice, feel free to add a pinch or two to season the bread.
cups all-purpose flour
cups whole-wheat flour, preferably white whole-wheat (see Tip)
tablespoon baking powder
teaspoons baking soda
large egg whites
cups packed light brown sugar
cups canned unseasoned pumpkin puree
cup canola oil
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans with cooking spray. 2. Stir all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, egg whites, brown sugar, pumpkin and oil in another large bowl. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops. 3. Bake the loaves until the tops are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Turn the loaves out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Per slice: 210 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 16 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrate; 18 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 2 g fiber; 377 mg sodium; 125 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Vitamin A (96% daily value), Iron (15% dv). Tip: Whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat. It contains less gluten than regular whole-wheat flour and helps ensure a tender result in delicate baked goods while providing the nutritional benefits of whole grains. Find it at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.