Secret Holiday Sugar Swaps

With the holiday season fast approaching many of you may already be thinking about all the delicious and high calorie meals and desserts to come.  BUT instead of fearing the holiday treats Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Carissa Bealert is here with her secret weapon for sweet holiday success.


Pumpkin Loaf


  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1½ cups date paste
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree


  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line two loaf pans with parchment paper and lightly coat them with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a bowl. Whisk to fully combine.
  3. Place butter and date paste in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to fully combine after each addition. Turn mixer to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes).
  4. Add pumpkin and mix until fully combined. Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix until fully combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans and smooth the tops.
  6. Bake for 70-80 minutes or until the center of the loaf passes the clean toothpick test. Loosely cover the loaf with foil after about 45 minutes to prevent over-baking on the top.
  7. Pull the loaf from the pan using the parchment paper and place it on a wire rack to cool completely. Remove the parchment paper, slice, and serve.
  8. Store in an airtight container. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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