Thursday, October 22, 2009

Home SWEET Home: Mini Pumpkin Delights

Ok, I was trying to hold out, I really was. After all, the blogosphere seems saturated with pumpkin recipes right now. However, once I tasted these beauties, I could not help but share. I have made them 2x since the weekend, mostly for giving away. Wouln't you be disappointed if I didn't share??

First, I made some cute slimmed down mini loaves. So good that I had to make another batch but in mini muffin form, complete with a little homemade cream cheese icing. I couldn't believe how moist & delicious these were, even without the icing. Thanks to the egg whites & combo of fat free yogurt & canola oil, these were on the healthier side!




The loaves made such a cute gift to bring to my BF Tam's house. Tristan even made a cute Halloween card to go with. The muffins came to work with me today where there isn't but a crumb lying in the dish!


HEALTHY MAKEOVER PUMPKIN BREAD from Good Housekeeping

{Printable Recipe Here}

1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large egg whites
1 cup pure pumpkin
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup lowfat plain yogurt (I used fat free)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I used 1/2 cinn., 1/2 pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350. Spray metal loaf pan or mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray, then sprinkle with flour.

In large bowl, with wire whisk, combine brown sugar & egg whites. Add pumpkin, oil, yogurt & vanilla. Stir to combine. In medium bowl, combine flours & remaining ingredients. Add flour mixture to wet mixture. Stir just until combined. Don't overmix. For a 8 1/2" x 4 1/2 " metal loaf pan bake 45-50 min or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack completely.


If you use a mini loaf pan (pictured above) or a mini muffin pan set your timer for 20 minutes then check with a toothpick. Mine were done in less than 25 minutes. Makes about 6-7 mini loaves or 24 mini muffins.



HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE ICING

{Printable Recipe Here}

4oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Milk, for consistency

If you're looking for a thick icing, mix the cream cheese, confecioners sugar & vanilla until smooth. For my icing, I wanted something a bit thinner to pour into my squirt bottle so I added milk & whisked the mixture until it was smooth & drizzle-able. You can add cinnamon, almond extract, a little brandy, anything you like to make it your own. Just taste before drizzling!



And if you're looking for something that screams Fall but with a little more sweetness....



Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Pie



Deliciously linking to: Friday Food at MomTrends & Foodie Friday with Designs by Gollum

76 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Those seriously look SO GOOD!

Michelle said...

This recipe certainly seems healthier than the version I have (and love). I'll have to give it a try.

CC said...

yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!!!!!!!

Ronda said...

Those look so good and pretty too! I'm making those for our big fishing dinner the week before Thanksgiving! Then again for Thanksgiving!
XOXO

Pumpkin Delight said...

Ahh, I thought this was about me. :) Ha! Ha!
Seriously though, that cheesecake pie looks SINFUL!

S Club Mama said...

omg I think those all look fabulous. My husband doesn't like the idea of the pumpkin chocolate pie but dang that looks awesome and sounds so yummy!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

It looks SO good......Loved visiting your blog...Blog hopping is one of my favorite things to do.
Hope you will stop by my Christmas blog...a great giveaway will be given away Sunday night....
http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com

simpledaisy said...

pumpkin.....sign me up!!! Except I am vegan now!! It all looks totally delicious!!!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I love pumpkin goodies!! These look scrumptious with the cream cheese icing!

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Oh my goodness. Those all look so good and my printer is busy printing.
I've been avoiding the whole pumpkin thing too because it just hasn't felt very much like fall lately.. but with this recipes.. I may be hitting the store for pumpkin this weekend.

How do you get the recipes to come up like that seperately? that's very cool!!

Kacey R. said...

I LOVE pumpkin anything. And if that cute delivery boy of yours can deliver just about anything to my house. ;D Glad the loaves have been such a hit! YUMMO!

Brenda said...

Its nice to see a healthier pumpkin recipe. I can't seem to get enough of it this year! :)

Tender Branson said...

I would've been disappointed had you not shared them. These look great. I can see why you've made them twice.

Woman Interrupted said...

How I love this time of year! God bless canned pumpkin and all the ways you can prepare it.

(Psst...one of the other blogs I follow mentioned there is a shortage of canned pumpkin this year, so I plan to stock up when I see it.)

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I think this is the first time I have visited your blog. I'm glad you left a comment or I may never have found you. You can never have too many pumpkin recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Mrs. P. said...

These look terrific :)

Be sure to scoot over and enter for my giveaway!

Blessings!
Gail

Mary said...

These really look delicious and your model could sell me the Brooklyn Bridge. Your recipe sounds great.

heartnsoulcooking said...

Sounds so YUMMY!!! with the homemade cream cheese frosting.
Geri

Family Balance Sheet said...

I have 4 butternut squashes on my counter that I am surfing for some ideas for. You got me with the icing. I love that idea. Looks yummy!

shopannies said...

what a wonderful treat recipe

Maria said...

Mmmmm! I love pumpkin!

Alea said...

I love the healthy substitutions you made. I also think that the way you put the frosting on makes them not only frosting, but also lower cal. Great combination!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Where does one find a mini loaf pan? Love this idea--especially for the holidays.

FROGGITY! said...

Just another reason to love fall! AND your blog!!! YUMMMM!

Pam said...

Oh yum! I love pumpkin bread and this recipe looks healthy and delicious. Looking forward to trying this one.

Gloria said...

Dear, look really amazing!! and lovely!
And love the pictures, lovely! gloria

Kari said...

Those look delicious. And so does the Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Pie!

SnoWhite said...

those look so cute -- and tasty too :) thanks for a great recipe and idea too!

Angela said...

These look AMAZING, Steph!! I love anything pumpkin and especially anything with cream cheese icing. Oh, how I love cream cheese (and the cheesecake looks awesome too!)
These are definitely going on my list for Thanksgiving treats to try!

~Alison~ said...

Your recipes look amazing!!! I've gotta try these!

Thanks for stopping by my blog this week!

Kerstin said...

Yay for pumpkin, your little mini loaves look so good! And I love the cream cheese icing!

Chef E said...

I am going crazy for some pumpkin desserts but no time for my own baking these past few weeks, even went to DD and they were out of pumpkin doughnuts, so I am not the only one craving it!

These look fabulous, love the drizzle lines!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Those look Yummmmy!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

I love pumpkin bread and also love that these are made with yogurt! This is just what we need for our very rainy weekend!mmmmm...
~Nancy

Life with Kaishon said...

Is it weird that I could actually smell these as I was reading about them? They look SO fantastic! YUMMY in my TUMMY! : ) And that cheesecake is leaving me speechless..... I am afraid to click the link!

Chow and Chatter said...

these look wonderful came over from chef e's lol

Mommy Mac said...

How you feelin, chica?

You back to good as new?

I love that loaf pan. Just saw an advertisement for this pan in a magazine.

Lots of possibilities for creating with that pan, I bet.

Love the hook up of homemade cream cheese icing. Will totally be on that!

I am having a gathering at our house this Friday evening. We are doing a "Boo Breakfast" after my husband's ball game.

I am hopeful to post all the goodies I make as well as the recipes.

Perhaps I can measure up to you...I don't know. You are one dang good cook!

.mac :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Healthy pumpkin bread with cream cheese icing? Oh I love you.

angie said...

I was hoping you'd have some good pumpkin recipes this week! Of course you delivered. Of course. :)

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Oh wow! Those look amazing!!

Tiaras said...

those little cakes are sooo cute!!

Sassy Chica said...

Ooh-la-la, looks delish, sounds amazing...thank you for sharing!!!

Smooches,
Sassy Chica

Tam said...

IT looks so very good! I love Pumpkin bread! I will have to try this out.

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

YUM! I will be making this for my muffin obsessed two year olds! I actually haven't baked anything pumpkin yet this season. What kind of mother am I?? :)

Thanks and I too am glad it is your SITS day or else i wouldn't have found you!

Twincerely,Olga said...

everthing looks way too good!! yummy!!!!

knit1kids4 said...

Oh wow... must try that and then a pumpkin chocolate cheesecake pie????? Oh my goodness!

Subscribing to your blog for sure.

Happy SITS day and Happy Birthday - I turn 38 in January!

Jamie said...

Hey, great blog! I made something similar this week with a little chocolate transfer pumpkin on top. They are on by blog, if you want to take a look!

Shore Debris said...

Those look REALLY tasty! I may have to change my pumpkin bread recipe (its been the same for about 25 years) and try something different :)

Tracey said...

I think I am going to have to get me some mini loaf pans today and make these!! Yum! Thanks :) Happy SITS day!!

Tea Time Consultants said...

I love these mini pumpkin loafs. For years I have sent these loafs to family members over the holidays. Nice treat to receive in the mail. I add chocolate chips.

I love the holidays, get to try new foods, family gatherings and beautiful colors for the table.

Lindsay Rudolph said...

I would love some of that Pumkin Bread right about now!! I especially love that it is a healthy make-over recipe. I am all over that! Visiting for SITS!! Happy SITS Day!

Grandma Cat said...

Happy SITS Day! Wow, your recipes look and read absolute stunning/delicious/aromatic/delectable...I haven't had breakfast yet and don't get any until I get the kids up, dressed and off to Headstart for the twins and Kindergarten for the Princess Butterfly Ballerina. We'll be trying the Healthy Makeover Pumpkin Bread when they get home this afternoon and I'll be trying the Vodka Espresso to keep from going crazy cooking with 5 kids!

Sara Garcia said...

YUM! I was thinking about making something pumpkinish for Halloween and these recipes look amazing! Love your blog and Happy Birthday to you :-)

Leah Rubin said...

Happy birthday, and happy SITS day!

Can't wait to try the pumpkin loaves!

kellytirman said...

These look GOOD. Your post made me hungry.

Mommy of Many said...

OK...I'm cooking tonight! I'm not sure that we are having a main course but i must try this chocolate cheesecake pie. And I'm thinking these loaves/muffins would be delicious also. I wonder how this recipe would work if I substitute sweet potatoes for the pumpkin.

Emily Dawn said...

I love pumpkin anything. I'm excited about trying some of these!

Christyrenee said...

Visiting over from SITS and I LOVE your blog!!! Pumpkin Bread is one of my Fav's, so I can't wait to try out your recipe!!! I'm a HUGE Giada fan as well btw ;) I hope you have a Happy Halloween!!!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland said...

Oh wow - that looks divine. Going to have to try this one. Happy SITS day to you!

teachmama said...

happy birthday to you, and I wish we were neighbors! CANNOT wait to hit your recipes, my sits friend! woo-hoo!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Loved the way you drizzled the icing on those loaves. :) Happy SITS Day and Happy Birthday!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Oh yum. These look so good! I'm going to have to try these. There is definitely no lack of pumpkin around here right now!

Visiting from SITS! Happy Birthday!

Misty said...

Those look divine! congrats on your SITS day!!!


http://housequeen.blogspot.com

jonewman said...

I see my whole neighborhood getting some of these soon! I absolutely love it! Happy SITS day!

Cindy Haskin-Popp said...

I love the healthy make-over of the pumpkin bread. Instead of using the plain nonfat yogurt though, I used greek-style nonfat yogurt. It offers a little more richness (because of the higher protein content compared to regular nonfat yogurt) and you still get to avoid the fat.

Erin M. said...

YUM! I'm getting hungry just looking at all these goodies. Your blog is right up my alley!!!

p.s. I'm your newest follower!
;-)

This Full Life said...

I'm a sucker for anything pumpkin - these recipes are definitely going into the rotation. Congrats on being the SITS featured blogger!

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

I think you need to come and work in my office. No one ever brings anything good to eat in here, much less anything yummy and home made. Those little cakes look mouthwatering. Popping by from SITS!

Jessica Nunemaker said...

That looks so pretty! I just don't have a steady enough hand to make my, well, anything look like that!

At Town Square said...

Happy SITS day. Oh my goodness it looks heavenly. YUM YUM!!!!

Erin Bassett said...

Thanks for sharing those recipes!! I am SO going to make them! Yum, yum!!

Post-Modern Jen said...

Healthy and moist? I have just about one cup of pumpkin in my fridge left over from another recipe- now I know what to do with it!

JMBMOMMY said...

Love, love pumpkin bread!

a pina colada said...

Wow! What great recipes! Where do I even begin?

Stephanie @ Figments said...

This is my favorite time of year for recipes! I am sooo going to make these this weekend. Thank you!

Noelle said...

oh my. ***wiping drool from my chin.*** these look divine. and that pumpking bread. oh my.