I have a difficult time getting visions of pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones, healthy pumpkin cake, healthy pumpkin pie, and healthy low-fat pumpkin cookies out of my head. this time of year.
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)…
I’ve gathered my favorite recipes and 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
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread – Bakes up moist and delicious with just the right balance of sweetness and spice. 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.
2-Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins – Simple and delicious muffins made by combining cake mix and canned pumpkin. 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
3 of My Most Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipes – All lightened up and made Weight Watchers Friendly with PointsPlus.
Pumpkin Muffins – These pumpkin muffins turned out perfectly – moist and tender, not too sweet, with a gentle spiciness and a beautiful golden-orange color. 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
Low Fat Cranberry Pumpkin Scones – Fresh baked still warm-from-the-oven low-fat cranberry-pumpkin scones make a perfect Autumn Sunday morning breakfast treat, especially if you’re a scone lover, which I am. 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
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.
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.
Zucchini Pumpkin Bread – A Lighter sweet and spicy zucchini pumpkin loaf with 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus found at A Veggie Venture.
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.
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.
*PointsPlus® for Weight Watchers Pumpkin Bread, Muffin and Scone Recipes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.