Sunday, November 17, 2013

Low Fat Pumpkin Blondies


Some weeks can be insanely busy causing most of your typical day to day life to be put on hold.  Last week was one of those weeks for me.  Don't get me wrong busy weeks are typically good weeks for my professional career.

This past week I had the opportunity to attend Obesity Week, an annual scientific and educational conference for obesity health care professionals.  I spent four amazing long days attending educational sessions, learning about new products, and networking with other healthcare professionals. Networking included some fabulous conversations with pioneers in the weight management profession and those I look to a role models and leaders.

In the midst of the jammed packed days I had a few celebrity and star sightings!  The Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia was spotted in the conference expo hall.  It doesn't stop there, I stumbled across the filming of Fast and the Furious 7 near the conference parking deck.  So much fun!



Enough about the conference, lets talk about these delicious "Pumpkin Blondies"! The blondies turned out much better than I expected. They are a chewy consistency and offer a scrumptious fall flavor.  You could add chocolate chips, nuts, or pumpkin seeds for additional flavor.  Seriously my new favorite low calorie fall dessert!  

Enjoy!
Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith


Low Fat Pumpkin Blondies

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: dessert
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons light butter spread, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray
2. In a large bowl mix together (using mixer) both butters, applesauce, eggs, sugars, vanilla, and pumpkin puree
3. In a separate smaller bowel mix together flour, salt, baking soda,cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; slowly mix in flour mixture to large bowl;
4. Pour batter into baking dish and spread evenly
5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until cooked to desired consistency (some people like their blondies a bit more gooey)
Nutrition:
Servings: 12 • Serving size: 1/12 • Calories: 134.8 kcal • Protein: 2.1 g • Sodium: 110.7 mg • Carbs: 19.6 g • Fat: 6.3 g • Fiber: 0.8 • Sugars: 11.2 g
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