Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lowfat Pumpkin Walnut Bread and Health Benefits

Lowfat  delicious quick bread with heart healthy benefits !



Pumpkin Nut Bread
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup low fat milk
1 cup egg substitute
2 cups mashed, cooked pumpkin or canned
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans

Instructions: In mixing bowl combine oil, milk, eggs, and pumpkin. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans or 30 cup muffin tins. For loaf pan bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. If making muffins preheat oven 400 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with heart healthy margarines found in your local grocer, just look for a heart on the container.
Walnuts
Walnuts are highly revered for being a great source of omega-3 essential fatty aids. These fatty acids have been shown to yield numerous health benefits: protecting the heart, improving cognitive function, and reducing inflammatory effects of asthma, eczema, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Walnuts contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant compound that provides cancer-fighting and immune system boosting properties
Almonds
Almonds are a rich source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin E (an anti-oxidant) and selenium. Unblanched almonds are high in fiber leading to improved colon function and health. Containing high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats, almonds help in reducing cholesterol levels and improving cardiovascular health.
Pecans
Pecans contain an abundance of nutrients (over 19 minerals and vitamins) including folic acid, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, vitamin B and zinc. Like almonds and walnuts, pecans provide heart-healthy properties by reducing total blood cholesterol, reduce LDL cholesterol, and create clearer arterial flow.

This information was found and shared from the American Heart Association.

5 comments:

  1. A healthy bread. All that nutty flavor. Yes - it speaks to me.

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  3. Love that this looks so delicious and is low fat!! This is my first time visiting you and so enjoyed my visit! I found you by way of Claudia's blog and I'm so glad I did. Happy New Year!

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  4. a very healthy bread dear n is low fat.....wishing u n ur family a very happy new year....there's an award 4 u in my space...plz accept it :-)

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  5. If that lovely moist bread has health benefits... I would be happy to have a slice a day:) Thanks for the recipe!!

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