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Pumped Up Pumpkin Bread

This pumpkin bread is a winner that you will feel good about offering and your children will be excited to eat. Prepared with egg white, applesauce, vegetable oil and flax meal, it is a heart healthy choice for the whole family. White whole-wheat flour and wheat bran provide whole grain and fiber, while the soy flour adds protein. Top with a tablespoon of nut butter for a snack with a little more than 10 grams of protein! Freeze ahead of time for the convenience of prepared snacks without the unhealthful trans fat, added sugar or other undesirable ingredients. You can also make and freeze the bread ahead of time. Pack a frozen slice to enjoy on the go as it can be thawed and ready to eat by lunchtime.

Ingredients

1½ c. sugar
3 whole eggs plus 1 egg white
¾ c. unsweetened applesauce
¼ c. vegetable oil
2 15-oz. cans pumpkin puree
½ tsp. salt
4 c. white whole-wheat flour
½ c. soy flour
¼ c. flax meal
½ c. wheat bran
4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cloves
½ tsp. ginger

Directions

Preheat oven to 350į. In a large bowl, combine the wheat flour, soy flour, flax meal, wheat bran, baking soda and spices. Mix until combined. In another bowl, beat together the sugar and eggs until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes with a hand mixer, then add in the pumpkin puree, apple sauce, oil and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until batter comes together. It will be thick. Divide among three greased 8×4-inch bread pans, smooth the tops and bake for approximately 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Bread can be wrapped and frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours or slice before freezing and then thaw and reheat at the same time in the toaster.

Cookies made with this batter require between 10 and 20 minutes of baking, depending on size. Muffins take 20 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the middle should come out completely clean in both cases. Donít be afraid to check the progress of the baking: this is a very sturdy batter.