Lighten Up Pump­kin Bread

With two-thirds less su­gar, this whole-grain loaf takes you ef­fort­lessly from break­fast to dessert.

Cooking Light - - Ask The Experts The Recipe Makeover - JAMIE VESPA, MS, RD Cook­ing Light As­sis­tant Nu­tri­tion Ed­i­tor

A FALL FA­VORITE, the clas­sic pump­kin loaf might look the part of a healthy break­fast, but it packs 400 calo­ries and nearly 40g su­gar into a sin­gle dense slice. In the spirit of the sea­son, we de­vel­oped a lighter loaf that still de­liv­ers the trea­sured fall fla­vors for 200 fewer calo­ries.

Quick oats and white whole-wheat flour add a dou­ble dose of whole grains while still keep­ing the loaf light and ten­der. Dark-col­ored maple syrup (formerly called Grade B) packs a strong maple punch with caramel un­der­tones that com­ple­ment the fall spices. A sprin­kle of toasted pump­kin seeds adds a crunchy fin­ish.

Lots of pureed pump­kin helps keep the loaf moist for days, so let the bake-ahead bonus lib­er­ate you (and your oven) dur­ing the hol­i­days.

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