It is easy to get carried away during the fall. Sweaters are cozy, the trees are pretty and those doughnuts smell so good – especially paired with a steaming cup of apple cider. Not all of us can afford to get so carried away with calorie intake, but don’t want to give up indulgence in the tastes of the season. That’s why this pumpkin hazelnut tea cake is so great! It’s totally appropriate to curl up in a fair-isle sweater next to a crackly fire with a slice. You won’t feel deprived but you won’t feel guilty either. And, if you must, go ahead with the apple cider.
Provided by the Mayo Clinic
Makes 12 Slices
3 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cup homemade or canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
1/2 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts (filberts)
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly coat an 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, beat together the canola oil, pumpkin puree, honey, brown sugar and eggs until well blended.
In a small bowl, whisk together the flours, flaxseed, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and, using the electric mixer on medium speed, beat until well blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the hazelnuts evenly over the top and press down gently to lodge the nuts into the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn the loaf out of the pan onto the rack and let cool completely. Cut into 12 slices to serve.
Nutritional Analysis(per serving)
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 176
Cholesterol 35 mg
Protein 4g
Sodium 80mg
Carbohydrate 28g
Fiber 3g
Total fat 6g
Potassium 134 mg
Saturated fat 1g
Calcium 27 mg
Monounsaturated fat 3g

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