Healthy(ish) Pumpkin Bread with Apple Cider Glaze

Remember that Healthy(ish) Banana Bread we did at the height of all of that quarantine banana bread baking? Well, let’s do it again, but this time make it pumpkin for fall!

This bread is SO easy and so much lighter than a traditional bread because – wait for it – we’re using pancake mix. So basically it’s like a pancake loaf? But it’s good, and satisfying, especially if you have to count calories, carbs, sugar, etc. I’m using the Birch Benders Keto pancake mix here, you could do their Paleo blend or even a protein blend.

Skip the icing if you want to really keep it in check, but it’s so hard to imagine skipping the icing! The warm pumpkin spice flavors are so nicely balanced with the maple apple cider glaze. It’s like legit all the flavors of fall I love so much in one recipe!

Healthy(ish) Pumpkin Bread with Maple Cider Glaze

A delicious combination of fall flavors, all in a lightened up, healthy(ish) twist on pumpkin bread.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients
  

Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 c pure pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c pancake mix
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
  • 3/4 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pecans (or pepitas), for topping

Maple Cider Glaze

  • 1 c powdered sugar or powdered sugar substitute
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

Pumpkin Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350. Prepare loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix until batter comes together and is mostly smooth.
  • Pour into prepared loaf pan and top with a few pecans (or pepitas!). 
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until center is baked and a toothpick comes out clean. If the edges brown too quickly, top with a piece of foil.
  • Allow to cool until the pan can be touched with your bare hand before removing it from the pan. 

Apple Cider Glaze

  • To make optional icing, combine all the ingredients until a thick but drizzly icing forms. 
  • Once the banana bread is cooled, drizzle the icing over the top and enjoy!
  • Skip the icing to keep it healthier!
Keyword healthy, pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Maple Butter

Are you guys more of a waffle or pancake fan? For some reason, I definitely gravitate towards waffles – I like them so much better than pancakes. But, to be honest, it could be because I’m just not that great at making pancakes! They’re never even, the butter gets all gross and then makes the second and third batch a weird color and I’m just not into it!

But these waffles…these waffles are the most beautiful color. And wow, do they taste like fall! The pumpkin spice really suits my fall theme of being 100% basic.

With these, you can just use any of your go-to waffle/pancake mixes. Because I have gestational diabetes, I’m using the Birch Benders keto mix. For these, I also used a sugar free maple syrup, but just use your favorite! It is what it is – just a few months left of this!

In this recipe, you use the pure pumpkin puree as a replacement for eggs/water. It’s such an easy recipe – I made extra and put them in the freezer once they were cooled just so I could grab and go on weekdays. Sometimes, you just need something more exciting than scrambled eggs, ya know!

Next time I do these, I’m going to cut up some apples and sautee them in a bit of cinnamon. Let all those fall flavors really collide!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles with Maple Butter

Delicious pumpkin spice protein waffles topped with a savory and sweet maple butter.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch

Equipment

  • Waffle maker

Ingredients
  

  • 1 c waffle mix
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp brown sugar I used Truvia brown sugar replacement
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 3 tsp maple syrup
  • pecans, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Combine waffle mix and pumpkin puree until well combined.
  • Coat waffle iron with cooking spray; pour batter into iron (refer to your iron's instructions for the correct amount).
  • As the waffles are being made, combine softened butter and maple syrup. If using unsalted butter, taste for salt and add a tiny pinch, if needed.
  • Serve waffles with maple butter, maple syrup, pecans, etc.

Canned Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Jump to Recipe

Okay. This is probably going to be one of those recipes that you make and then you’re like, crap I better give half of these to the neighbors. When I made these, we had one bite, and I texted a pic to our neighbors across the street and asked them if they wanted some. I brought them across (mask on, yes), and thank god. We would have eaten all of these and god help us, we are really trying to avoid the quarantine 15!

These sticky pecan cinnamon rolls are so easy. There ain’t nothin’ wrong with canned cinnamon rolls, especially when it’s so hard to find yeast. And, let’s be real – we’re all cooking and baking a lot more than usual. It’s nice to have a shortcut for something out of this world delicious in your back pocket.

Cumin Lime Shrimp on Avocado Toasts

Holy southwestern kick, eh? I’ve really been in a put-cumin-and-lime-on-everything. Sorry….? Not really. This is real life what we’ve been eating around here.

I’ve been cooking so much more than usual, which has been a ton of fun for me. I’ve been overflowing with creativity and recipes are just coming to me, so I can’t really complain. I’m just living for quick and easy recipes that pack a lot of flavor. I keep saying this, but come lunch time, I want something to look forward to, but I also really want it to be quick.

Healthy(ish) Protein Banana Bread

This is another, have you quarantined if you haven’t made banana bread? With everyone making banana bread, I’ve been craving it – but with all the baking I’ve been doing (uh, hello Gigantic Chewy Coffee Chocolate Chip Cookies that have been on repeat), I needed to lighten this guy up. Big time.

Enter: healthy(ish) protein banana bread. It’s actually pretty light if you skip the whole put-frosting-all-over-it-part!

Oven Roasted Salmon Panzanella Salad

Anytime I make a Panzanella salad I always wonder why I don’t make them more. This salad was no exception – the salmon came out perfectly and it was a fun weeknight dinner. I’ve been trying to make our weeknight dinners more interesting during quarantine and this one is definitely one we’ll be having again soon.

The salmon was so simple to roast – just a bit of butter, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and fresh basil. It was ridiculously delicious!

Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Earlier this month, we went to Nashville for hubby’s 40th/CMA Fest. We had so much fun and also ate our weight in fried chicken. Let me tell you. That spicy fried chicken thing they’ve got goin’ on in Music City is to. die. for.

I wish fried chicken didn’t have calories, because I’d be making this on the reg. But, these sandwiches gave us just enough of a little taste of Nashville at home.

To kick these sandwiches up a notch, I generously added spicy honey on top of the fried chicken. And then, topped them with the Trader Joe’s sweet and spicy jalapenos that are amazing (and I literally add to everything these days) and some spicy pickles.

Cucumber Salad with Mint, Basil and Trader Joe’s EBTB Seasoning

Guys, I am so into mint and basil chopped up on and in everything (see: herbed turkey meatballs). One of my 2019 Bucket List items was finishing dishes with fresh herbs or lemon/lime, and I’ve been all over it all year, but especially so now that the weather has finally broken.

This time of year begs for fresh flavors, crisp veggies, and overall light and quick meals. Really, who wants to turn on the stove anyway?! And less time in the kitchen means more time outside, or at the beach, lake or pool. Sign me up!

Tomato Ricotta Toasts

Toast-for-dinner is one of my go-tos for nights when I have no time, or get home late, or feel incredibly uninspired. And then, every time we do actually have toast, it always feels like such a little treat!

It’s such a simple idea that once you make a few different variations, you’ll have them in your back pocket when you need a quick meal or are having one of those no-idea-what-to-make-for-dinner kind of nights.

Fried Chicken & Savory Cheddar-Chive Waffles Recipe

If life is all about balance, what better dish than fried chicken and waffles? A little sweet, a little savory. Chicken is protein, so that’s healthy, right?! Balance, guys, balance. For this go, I opted for cheddar and chive waffles and WOW. They. were. great!

Cheddar and chive waffles are one of my favorites, and they really taste amazing with the fried chicken. Sometimes, you don’t really want a super sweet waffle to go with that crispy chicken, amirite?!