Sunday, November 9, 2014


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Fall is a time for pumpkins.  They are such an amazing vegetable full of antioxidants, beta-carotene, and vitamins A!  One cup of pumpkin puree is only 30 calories, which makes it an excellent substitute for oils in baked goods.   The most recent research shows that foods rich in beta-carotene may reduce the risk of cancer. Roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are packed full of fiber and also a good source of protein and minerals.  It is no wonder that early pioneers valued pumpkins and used them in a variety of different recipes!

Here is a delicious recipe to try:

Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Bread

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup chocolate chunks

  1. Combine the sugars, oil, eggs, and pumpkin until mixed together.
  2. Sift together the baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Slowly beat it into the sugar mixture alternately with the milk. Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand.
  3. Spread the batter in a greased 9x5 bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 70 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Flip out onto a plate and cool completely.
Recipe adapted from

For more information on the nutritional value of pumpkins, please see: 


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