Pumpkin Gingerbread with Dark Chocolate Chips

Good Morning!! Welcome to the MIDDLE of the week- you’re half way there! You can DO it! Open-mouthed smile

Remember when I was telling you about all of that pumpkin stuff the other day? Well, I hope you aren’t sick of it. You’re not?? Oh good, because I have another pumpkin recipe to share with you.

First a little background on this recipe. When I was growing up, every Saturday my parents would drop me off at practice (cross country or track) & then head to Bob Evan’s for breakfast. They would enjoy a nice big breakfast of pancakes, eggs and coffee while their daughter was poor daughter was out there pounding out some miles & then a crazy workout. Just kidding Smile I LOVED Saturday morning practices, and was grateful that my parents were willing to get up with me at the crack of dawn to drop my butt off. Practice usually lasted a few hours & when I was done I was DEAD. I usually didn’t want to do anything besides sit on the couch, (unless my Mom mentioned she wanted to go shopping, then I suddenly got a burst of energy Winking smile ) watch tv & eat slices of pumpkin bread. This wasn’t just any pumpkin bread, this was pumpkin bread from Bob Evans.
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My Mom would ALWAYS get me a loaf of this bread when they went to Bob Evan’s. I swear half of the reason that I busted my butt so much at practice was because I knew as soon as I jumped in the car to go home, she would have this loaf just waiting for me. She also knew that this loaf would last me about 1.5 days..and that’s pushing it. Sometimes I would eat the ENTIRE loaf in one day…that’s what running miles & miles will do to you. Let me also remind you that while I was in high school I was also battling anorexia..which was not a good point in my life. (Lesson learned. Lesson learned.) So to tell you that I ate an ENTIRE loaf WHILE I was dealing with an eating disorder is pretty crazy, right?! But it’s true. This bread was probably part of my recovery. I didn’t even care one bit how many calories or grams of fat were in this bread, I just LOVED it that much.

Well, as years have gone on & I haven’t lived at home for over 6 years, I no longer get my beloved pumpkin bread from Bob Evan’s. Sad smile Although my parents have surprised me on occasion when they had this waiting for me. I remember one time I went up & they actually had a loaf in the freezer for me. They really never go out to breakfast any more, but they happened to randomly go one morning & they remembered how much I loved this stuff so they picked me up a loaf. Smile

Since the closest Bob Evan’s from our house is about 40 minutes away, I have been on a mission to re-create this bread…only a bit ‘healthified.’ I have made many loaves of pumpkin bread before, but nothing has really compared to Bob Evan’s, UNTIL recently. Yep, I think I may have finally hit the jackpot of ALL pumpkin bread recipes! The BEST part about it is that it is low in fat & calories- I didn’t use any oil or butter. I did add some dark chocolate chips in the batter, but that was just because Craig likes any bread with chocolate in it & because I just found these chocolate morsels at the store:
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Craig &I were eating these by the handful while the bread was baking…they are addicting. Don’t say I didn’t warn you Winking smile
Dad: You HAVE to get these. You will love them! As soon as I tried one, I immediately thought of you. They are the perfect dark chocolate, that you like- none of that ‘fake’ dark chocolate flavor.

Although the bread is JUST as good without the chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Gingerbread with Dark Chocolate Chips
(based on my Pumpkin Gingerbread recipe)
12 servings

Ingredients:
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek Yogurt (I used Chobani)
-2 egg whites
-1 cup canned pumpkin
-1 tsp. ginger
-1/2 tsp. allspice
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. ground cloves
-1/2 cup white flour
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1 tsp. baking soda
-3/4 tsp. salt
-1/4 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (you could also use milk chocolate chips)

Preparation:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, greek yogurt, egg whites, pumpkin, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, & ground cloves.
3. Add both flours, baking soda, salt & baking powder to the pumpkin mixture. Mix until well combined, and the batter is free of any lumps.
4. Pour batter into a greased 9×5 inch bread pan.
5. Bake for about 50 minutes- 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in middle of bread comes out clean.

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Nutrition Facts WITHOUT chocolate chips:
Calories:  140
Fat: .3 grams
Carbs: 31.8g
Fiber: 1.2g
Sugar: 18.4
Protein: 3.2

Nutrition Facts WITH Chocolate chips:
Calories: 163
Fat: 1.6 g
Carbs: 35.1 g
Fiber: 1.2
Sugar: 21.1
Protein: 3.6

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I just made this bread on Sunday & we are done with it. DONE. D-O-N-E. Seriously. Normally I freeze half of a loaf bread when I bake it, but it wasn’t necessary with this bread. I can’t wait to make another loaf actually, maybe this time I will leave the chocolate chips out. That way I will have it ALL to myself. No, I’m just kidding…I guess I will let Craig have some. A bite. Winking smile

And if you’re REALLY feeling like you need a special treat, you could always top it with some pumpkin ice cream.
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You work hard at the gym, so you deserve it! Smile Or maybe you just had a bad day…nothing like a little (or a LOT) of pumpkin to cheer you right up!

Well, looks like I need to get my butt in gear- time to get this show on the road. Hope you enjoy this Wednesday…& you KNOW I’m looking forward to those awesome Wednesday shows tonight! Anyone else loving the show ‘Suburgatory??’ I think it’s HILARIOUS..not quite as funny as Modern Family, but pretty close.

Questions:
1. Ever have a meal at a restaurant that you just can’t wait to re-create perfectly?
2. Do you ever go out for breakfast?
We never do, unless we are on vacation/ on a road trip.

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28 Comments

  1. Mhmm! This looks soo good! Topping it with pumpkin ice cream is a good idea! 😀

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  2. This would be perfect with some homemade vanilla bean ice cream… 😉

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  3. Pamela @ Pamcakes and Coffee

     /  October 12, 2011

    Great recipe! We don’t have a Bob Evans around us at home, so we would go whenever my parents would visit me down at school when I was in college. Breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out! Probably because it involves coffee? 🙂

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  4. Brunch is my favorite meal to eat out! I try to do it at least once a month! When Keith and I were dating we used to go to brunch every single Sunday…we lived in a great area with tons of places within walking distance. But then we bought a house in Suburbia and we have nothing within walking distance anymore and we got out of the habit.

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  5. Oh my gosh that sounds fantastic!! And I will have to try and find those dark chocolate chips :).

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  6. This looks so delicious! I am a big fan of pumpkin bread and I haven’t had it in such a long time.

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  7. I seriously LOVE pumpkin bread… I made some last year but i’ve never had gingerbread type! Sounds soooo good – especially with ice cream 🙂

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  8. umm yummmm. i love going out for breakfast, but don’t do it often. it’s one of my favorite things to cook at home, so when i get a chance i’ll stay in.

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  9. That bread looks amazing! I’m going to have to try it out…with the pumpkin ice cream, of course! 🙂

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  10. Genius Holly! Simply genius! I just made pumpkin cookies with dark choclate chips and the combo rocks my world!

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  11. Pumpkin and chocolate. What a delicious and perfect idea for my life. I think I’m going to have to look into that.

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  12. I love banana bread so I can only imagine how much I’d love pumpkin bread. YUM. Nope, never go out for breakfast. I am not a breakfast foods kind of girl other than my oatmeal.

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  13. I also LOVE Bob’s breads! Their banana bread is awesome too! 🙂

    We go out to breakfast every once in a while…it’s such a nice treat!

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  14. OOOH! I love that delicious looking pumpkin bread! I can’t wait to try it out. I love to eat out at cracker barrel for breakfast… DELISH!

    Happy Wednesday!

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  15. This looks fabulous, girl! And I love the story behind your creation of it. 🙂

    And yeah, we’re the same – no breakfasts out unless we are traveling. Time in the morning is pretty tight so I normally just pack a breakfast and eat it at work anyway. 🙂

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  16. I love pumpkin bread! Yours looks delicious and I currently have a gc for Bob Evans and had no clue that they sold breads….I think I know how I’ll be using my gc now!

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  17. Holy crap this looks good…I need to make this NOW! 🙂

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  18. oh dear lord me oh my this looks SOOOOO good. i must must must try. i’m making dinner right now but to be honest all i want is THIS in my belly NOW!

    – katie at http://www.ohshineon.wordpress.com/

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  19. lindsey

     /  October 26, 2011

    Can this bread be made with all whole wheat flour?

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  20. stacey

     /  November 5, 2011

    oh yummmmmm! i just made this a few days ago, and amazingly it is STILL very moist and delicious!! i will try to tweek the spices a bit to tone them down, but overall this bread is fantastic …. and with no added fat i just cant believe it 🙂

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  21. Courtney

     /  January 17, 2012

    I’ve been dying (drooling) to make this forever now and with a snow storm upon us over here on the west coast, I think today’s the day (so it’s a little outta season, don’t judge me). Just one quick question: if I used the entire eggs instead of just the whites, do you think there’d be much of a difference? Maybe it’d come out more moist?

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