November's Healthy Recipes

November's Healthy Recipes are Pumpkin Spice Bread, Crunchy Homemade Granola, and Cranberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels from FamilyFun Magazine.

Pumpkin Spice Bread: Any way you slice it, this pumpkin spice bread won't last long once your kids sample it. That's why this recipe makes two loaves.
Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups raw sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cold pressed oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/3 cups flour of choice
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Measure the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and ground cloves into separate bowl, then stir until combined (a great job for kids). Slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, beating until smooth.
  4. Grease two 9- by 5-inch loaf pans and dust them with flour. Evenly divide the batter between the two pans. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Then remove from pans by inverting them onto a rack and tapping the bottoms.
Crunchy Homemade Granola: Slice and serve plain, buttered or with cream cheese. Sweet and crunchy, this granola is great served with fruit and milk for breakfast, stirred into yogurt, or sprinkled on ice cream. It's another fun recipe for kids to help mix.
Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup cold pressed oil of choice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 (6-ounce) package dried sweetened cranberries or other dried fruits such as cherries, raisins, pineapple, or papaya

Instructions
1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, wheat germ, nuts, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the oil, honey, and water. Toss the mixture until the ingredients are well combined, then spread evenly on a cookie sheet.

3. Bake the granola for 40 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the mixture from sticking. Let it cool completely, then stir in the cranberries or dried fruit. Makes about 7 cups.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels Quick-and-easy prep makes these roll-up treats fun for the kids.
Ingredients


  • 1 (8-ounce) package crescent roll dough (Pillsbury Crescent Rolls commonly used)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons jellied cranberry sauce

Instructions

  1. First heat the oven to 375 degrees. Unroll the dough and divide it into 2 rectangles (most store-bought dough is perforated down the middle). Press together any other perforations to seal them. Using a butter knife, spread the cream cheese evenly over the 2 rectangles, leaving a 1/4- to 1/2-inch border on all sides, then spread the cranberry sauce over the cream cheese. Starting at the short side, roll each piece of dough into a log, and then cut each log into six 1-inch-wide slices.
  2. Place the slices on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let the pinwheels sit for 5 minutes (to allow the filling to set) before removing them to wire racks. Serve warm.


Makes 12 pinwheels.

Posted November 2010 | Permanent Link

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