Many of you know that I just returned from my Walt Disney World vacation last week and I’m Mickey-crazy! Disney is truly the most magical place on earth and I try to re-create some of that magic at home in my kitchen.
Disney is in full swing with their fall celebration: Mickey-shaped pumpkins, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween-Party and Halloween themed rice krispie treats. (Disney’s MomsPanel has some great tips for visiting Disney this time of year!) I was craving pumpkin this weekend and was looking for a special treat, so I created my own recipe for Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Fudgy Brownies.
Pumpkin is high in carotenoids, which fight cancer by neutralizing free radicals. Did you know that pumpkin has 33% more potassium than a banana? Pumpkin is also very high in vitamin A and beta-carotene. Pumpkin also contains 3,500 mcg of beta-cryptoxanthin, which can reduce the risk of lung cancer by 30 percent! Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. If that wasn’t enough, one cup of pumpkin has only 49 calories with a whopping 2 1/2 grams of fiber. Low calorie & filling….sign me up!
This treat tastes decadent enough to be dessert, but is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
This recipe started as a variation for the Starbucks Pumpkin Scone, which I was craving on Saturday, but decided against when I saw that it had 480 calories and 17 grams of fat. I decided to add more pumpkin and greek yogurt, which transformed the dough and created a treat much yummier!
Stacy’s Fudgy Mickey Pumpkin Brownies
- 2 ¼ cups brown rice flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar splenda
- ½ cup vanilla sugar*
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ cup nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- 1 15-oz. can Libby’s solid-packed pumpkin
- 1/3 cup nonfat milk
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, spices, salt and baking powder.
- In a small bowl mix greek yogurt, egg, pumpkin and milk. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry, stirring constantly.
- Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into Mickey Mouse shaped muffin pan, which you can buy on Amazon.
- Bake at 350 for 22 minutes
Pumpkin is hard to find on the shelf of the grocery stores because of a pumpkin shortage, but you can buy Lilbby’s Pumpkin on Amazon.
Give this a try and let me know what you think.