Low-fat Pumpkinness

Have I mentioned how much I love fall?

The leaves, the scarecrows, the colors, the pumpkinness, the overall deliciousness of the whole season...

I've had pumpkin on the brain lately. I've been smelling it when there was no pumpkin around. Tasting it, even. So I went online to find me a pumpkin recipe that wouldn't add any spice to my thighs.

AND I FOUND IT! And you must try it. You must you must you must! You simply must! (Unless you're a pumpkin hater -- I can't imagine a world with no pumpkin but I know there are quite a few people who'd rather..)

So here it is:
The Low-fat Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffin:

I got the recipe off RecipeZaar but before you head over there, I made some modifications to it that some of the comments suggested and they were right! Each muffin in the recipe as it stands is 184 calories and 6 grams of fat, but I'm pretty sure that I shaved off some calories and fat with the following changes: Instead of oil, I used applesauce. Instead of eggs, I used eggbeaters. Instead of regular milk, I used skim. Also, I added a 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice which really gave it some zing.

My husband LOVED these and so did I! They're moist and flavorful and yummy! Do you have any lowfat fallish and/or pumpkiney recipes? Please do share! And if you try this, let me know if you like it!

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  1. Mmm! I will have to try those, they sound delish!

  2. i want one! I don't want to bake them though! Besides, I need to avoid too many complex carbs for the rest of the week.I have had a really bad food week! I had grades due, I was sick last night and was running late. For the first time all year, I did not pack my lunch or snacks! I ate the worst stuff! School cafeteria Mac and cheese with garlic bread and fast food for dinner! I quickly remembered why I do not eat cafeteria food or drive through meals! Back to basics for this girl! Packing my food for the day is probably the most important thing I do but I will file this recipe for another time! I see a weight gain coming....let's hope I am wrong!

  3. Oooh, I'm with you. There is nothing better than the smell and taste of pumpkin goodies in the Fall. I just wish that Fall would hurry up and get here already (we're still in the mid 80's down here in South Texas).

    Thanks for the recipe link. Do you know about the WW friendly pumpkin spice muffin recipe? 1 box spice cake mix, 1 can real pumpkin (not the pie mix), 1/4 c. natural applesauce. Mix together, spoon into mini muffin tins and bake 10-15 mins (or until tops spring back). Each mini muffin is 1 PT. A little bit of cream cheese frosting and it's perfect, but it does add extra calories. :-(

  4. I'm definitely trying that recipe. I LOVE all things pumpkin. This is my absolute favorite time of year. I suppose my usual pumpkin muffins with cream cheese centers won't help my weight loss! We have birthday craziness this week so maybe next week I'll try this recipe. I already have canned pumpkin just waiting to be used!

  5. We love pumpkin around here! Thanks for the tips :)

  6. I love pumpkin in muffins - it covers up any healthy attempts I make! Make them whole wheat and no one will know.

  7. Ooh, this sounds good. I have been thinking about pumpkin pie lately so hopefully this will be a good subsitute. Thanks for sharing.

  8. These actually look like something I might attempt to bake, lol. How much applesauce do you use for the eggs?

    I feel like I am cheating when I read about your letter of the week. You are one ahead of us ;)

  9. oh we love pumpkin around here! we make pumpkin smoothies and my family's favorite muffin is whole wheat choc chip pumpkin muffins. yummy! i also use applesauce in place of the oil. great swap!

  10. I love pumpkin recipes! If you go to my blog and click on the sidebar pic of pumpkins - there's a week of pumpkin recipes. The one for pumpkin pudding can be changed to fat-free, sugar-free pudding and skim evaporated milk to make a healthy version.

    Also, week before last on my Stop Eating All The Chocolates blog, I posted a healthy pumpkin bread recipe.

    This recipe sounds great!

  11. Oh my, yes, I will be trying these. Definitely.

  12. These sound delicious and I'd love to have permission to share the recipe on The Leaky Cauldron in our crafts and recipes section... If you're willing please email it to

    It would make a wonderful healthy addition to our Harry Potter related recipes :D


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