Successful experiment

I’ve had a busy, busy morning. Not only did I manage to get up early (thanks to a call from the Boyfriend) and eat a healthy breakfast, but also to take a 50-minute walk AND bake a loaf of chocolate-pumpkin bread.

I saw the recipe over at Carrots ‘N’ Cake this morning and knew I HAD to try it. But I didn’t want to make it as it was written, because it had a lot of sugar in it. We all know “limit added sugar and alcohol” is one of Weight Watchers’ 8 Good Health Guidelines, and since I’m trying to be good this week, I
didn’t want to blow that on Day 1.
So I set out, using my knowledge of healthy cooking, to improve on the recipe. Here’s my version:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 can (7.5 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 325*F. Spray loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray (butter flavor would be nice, but I’m out and had to use regular).

2. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl; blend well.

3. Once mixed, pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until top is firm and a toothpick comes out clean.

I must admit, the result doesn’t look like much, especially after I cut it into 16 pieces, the way it is in the photo above. And I was nervous because the batter was so darn thick. Take my word for it: It tastes better than it looks. It was so delicious I’m having to fight to keep myself from having a second piece. But since 1/16 of the loaf is about 3 Points, that’s not an option right now.

I’ll take one with me to the write-in tomorrow morning. Work on my NaNo MS is coming along — up past 13K. Since I’m aiming for 40,000, I’ll be halfway when I hit 20K … and I’m about to take my characters off to Alaska, where there’ll be plenty of opportunities for madcap adventures (and, finally, some lovemaking. They still haven’t done it, and I’m 20+ chapters into it! Nothing like building the tension, eh?).

I’m thinking about taking a few slices to work to share, and freezing a few more. I also promised the Boyfriend I’d bring him one next time I see him (though if that’s not til Monday, he may be SOL.) The fewer I have in the house, ready to eat, the better. 😀

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