Pumpkin Perfect

Craving something sweet? Here's a low-fat bread that's gorgeous, plump and brown, studded with prunes and walnuts. It also packs a nutritional wallop, being exceptionally high in vitamin A and fiber. Taking less than five minutes to mix by hand, it's a snap to make. This moist, homey loaf is good for breakfast, as a side dish alongside savory soups or simply as a snack, especially when spread with low-fat cream cheese.

Pumpkin Perfect
Servings: 10 Prep 10 mins Cook 50 mins Start to Finish 1 hr plus 30 minutes for cooling


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 2/3 cup nonfat evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt, cinnamon and ground cloves
  • 1 cup prunes, snipped into thirds
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Make It

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg and sugar. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine the flour, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves. Stir into the pumpkin mixture. Add prunes and walnuts, and stir until just combined.

3. Pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for approximately 30 minutes before removing from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 10; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 203, Fat, total (g): 6, carb. (g): 32, pro. (g): 5, vit. A (RE): 563, Folate (µg): 16, calcium (mg): 52, iron (mg): 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.