It’s been a while since I’ve posted regularly. School started, the Labor Day holiday came and went, and I’ve been reading. My gracious grandmother went to a book sale at her town’s “Old Home Day” festivities. She picked up a bunch of cookbooks for me. One jumped right out at me and has had me hooked. It’s called Desserts to Lower your Fat Thermostat, by Barbara W. Higa, RD. It’s all about the effects of refined sugar on our bodies. It contains two hundred recipes without any refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, or salt.
Excerpt: “For many people, the attraction for sweets is so strong that it is like an addiction. In fact, for many people, sugar use has all the characteristic features of addiction. The addiction to sugar can be very powerful.” I wholeheartedly agree with this statement.
“Whole wheat flour has seven or eight times as much fiber, twice as much calcium, and four times as much magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus as does white flour.” Why not make the switch? You can start out by just doing half the recipe with whole wheat flour and half with all-purpose flour. Once your body and taste buds are accustomed to the whole grain, go all in!
I can’t say I won’t bake with sugar again but I will try to adjust recipes to lower the amount used, for sure.
Here is a recipe from the book that I think everyone would love.
- 3 T oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Beat the egg and oil together. Add pumpkin and vanilla, blend well. Mix in the apple juice concentrate.
Add the flour, oats, soda and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
Pour into your prepared pan. I used an 8 inch square baking dish. Bake at 375F for 20-30 minutes.
If cut into 24 squares, each square will be just 94 calories.
The final result is moist and delicious. Although, if you’re used to eating excessively sweet treats, this will taste quite bland to you. It is not your typical pumpkin bread but it is full of pumpkin and oats, two of my very favorite things.
If you want a healthy pumpkin and oats recipe that tastes like it isn’t, try this. You won’t be disappointed.