Well Being: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Walnut Bread

Every time I get a coffee at Starbucks I pass by the strategically-placed pastry display case and begin to try to rationalize a good reason to order pumpkinbreadthe banana chocolate chip bread or the banana walnut bread. I love a piece of coffee cake or bread with my coffee. Who doesn’t? The angel over my shoulder worries about the sugar and fat content in these treats and the devil on the other shoulder tells me, “You workout! You can afford to eat that!” Ever hear that voice? Sadly the angel usually wins but not when I’ve made this delicious and healthy version at home. I think it’s more of a middle-of-the-road version as there are definitely ways to make it even healthier (no oil, no chocolate chips). Feel free to experiment!

In big bowl mix together:

1 cup Arrowhead Mills Sprouted Grain Pancake/Waffle Mix

1/4 cup Amaranth Flour

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamonIMG_5957

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (you can use more or less depending how “nutty” you want it)

2 T flaxseed (I measured the flaxseed whole then ground it so if you are measuring ground flaxseed you may want to only do 1.5 T)

After all dry ingredients are mixed, add in:

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup canola oil (or applesauce for healthier version – if you use apple sauce perhaps do 1/2 cup of apple sauce)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 box or can (15 oz) pure pumpkin

1/4 cup raw honey

1/4 cup egg whites

Fold in 4 oz (half bag) of Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips

Spray a 9×5 loaf pan and add mixture. Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice lightly on top. Bake at 350 for 60-80 minutes (until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean). Let cool 15 minutes in pan then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Don’t cover until cool.

Nutrition info (per slice assuming 12 slices in a loaf)

Calories: 190 (Out of curiosity I checked Starbucks website – their banana walnut has 490 calories, their pumpkin bread has 390 per slice – yikes!)

Fat: 12g

Carbohydrates: 19g (3g sugar, 2g dietary fiber)

Protein: 4g

Be well xo


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