I especially love baking at this time of year, probably because I’m a huge fan of pumpkin.
During the summer I’m all about healthy blueberry muffins but when the weather turns cool it’s pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.
In addition to being good for you, pumpkin is a great replacement ingredient for some of the oil, butter or fat in quick bread, muffin and cake recipes. It adds the necessary moisture with a lot fewer calories.
The problem with a lot of pumpkin flavored baked treats – especially those you find in coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries – is that they’re loaded with eggs and contain a ton of sugar and butter or oil or shortening – which means they’re going to be sky high in fat and calories.
Did you know that slice of Starbucks pumpkin loaf weighs in at around 330 calories and 12 g of fat? Or that a pumpkin muffin from Dunkin’ Donuts has a whopping 600 calories and 26 g of fat? (Talk about blowing the Weight Watchers daily PointsPlus budget!)
If you’re trying to lose weight and/or eat healthier, it’s best to avoid the pastry case and bake up a batch of lighter healthier pumpkin bread, muffins or scones from scratch at home where you can control the calories by selecting lighter ingredients.
Here’s a great Cooking Light Video on Baking their Highly Rated Recipe for Lighter Pecan Topped Pumpkin Bread (5 WW PointsPlus)…
Did you know that you can convert any recipe for pumpkin bread into pumpkin muffins and vice versa? You’ll just need to adjust your baking times accordingly. I’ve scoured the web to assemble a great collection of healthy low fat pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin and pumpkin scone recipes with 2 to 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values per serving for your reading, baking and eating pleasure. Enjoy!
Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Bread, Muffin & Scone Recipes with Points+ Values
Healthy Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread – This recipe replaces oil with applesauce and pudding with non-fat Greek Yogurt; 138 calories and 4 WW PointsPlus per slice; found at Hungry Meets Healthy.
Healthy Slimmed Down Pumpkin Bread – With canola oil, yogurt, egg whites and a combination of white and whole wheat flour; 140 calories and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus; Found at Good Housekeeping.
Low-Fat Pumpkin Bread with Pepitas - This bread is super moist and low fat, without all the added fat you usually find in store bought quick breads; 103 calories and 3 Points+ per slice; from Gina at SkinnyTaste.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Oat Bread - With the consistency of corn bread, but much more moist. The pumpkin flavor was not overbearing and the oats added a bit of chewiness’ 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus; found at The Capitol Baker.
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Apple Bread – A delicious combination of fall flavors. When you’ve got limited time, bake this in a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan and star testing for doneness after about 15 minutes; 137 calories and 4 WW Points+; found at We Gotta Eat.
Low-Fat Vegan Pumpkin Cranberry Loaf – Egg free low fat pumpkin bread with just 141 calories and 4 WW Points+ found at Baking Bites.
Ellie Krieger’s Pumpkin Pie Muffins – Lighter, healthier muffins that don’t sacrifice on taste with 205 calories and 6 WW Points+ found at The Food Network.
Hungry Girl Pumpkin Bread – Low-fat pumpkin bread made with whole wheat flour and splenda with 143 calories and 4 WW PointsPlus found at Hungry Girl.
Hungry Girl Chocolate Pumpkin Brownie Muffins – combine a chocolate cake mix and can of pumpkin to create decadent treats with just 181 calories, 3.5 g of fat and 5 WW PointsPlus Values. Found at Hungry Girl.
Zucchini Pumpkin Bread - A Lighter sweet and spicy zucchini pumpkin loaf with 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus found at A Veggie Venture.
Pumpkin Chia Seed Muffins – Good for you muffins demonstrated on the Dr. Oz Show; 226 calories, 9 g fat, 34 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 3.9 g protein and 6 WW PointsPlus found at Momalicious.
Lighter Healthier Pumpkin Muffins – Perfect for a light holiday breakfast with 202 calories and 6 WW Points+ from Cooking Light found at MyRecipes
Weight Watchers Pumpkin Cranberry Mini-Muffins – Brimming with wholesome ingredients and just 2 PointsPlus Values per mini muffin found at Weight Watchers.
Grandma’s Pumpkin Muffins - Low-fat muffins made with pumpkin and applesauce with 4 WW Points+ found at Weight Watchers.
Pumpkin Honey Bran Muffins – Super healthy flourless pumpkin muffins brimming in fiber with 6 WW Points+ found at Skinny Kitchen.
Healthy Sugar Free Pumpkin Oat Scones - adapted from both an oat scone recipe and one for pumpkin scones similar to that from a well-known coffee shop; 208 calories and 6 WW PointsPlus found at AllRecipes.
Do you have a favorite recipe for healthy pumpkin bread or muffins to share? Looking for more yummy healthy baked good recipes using canned pumpkin?
I’ve also assembled great collections of healthy low-fat pumpkin cookie recipes, healthy pumpkin pie recipes, healthy pumpkin cake recipes and other great skinny healthy pumpkin dessert recipes for you to enjoy.