Bakers’ Corner Pumpkin Bread

I will truly try anything pumpkin as long as the nutrition information is worth it to me (and trust me, there are pumpkin items that just are not worth it to me).  One of the items that was worth it was this Bakers’ Corner Quick Bread & Muffin Mix – Pumpkin.  I had picked this box mix up at my local Aldi store and stuck it into the cabinet. Yesterday, I was in the mood to bake something since we didn’t have any baked goods in the house.
Deciding to skip the eggs and oil the boxed mix called for I opted to experiment with a handy dandy can of Diet Fresca. Diet soda works wonders in cake mix, so I thought why wouldn’t it work wonders in a pumpkin bread mix?  I added in almost the whole can of soda (minus, what would probably be 2 sips) and stirred it all up.  I added the contents to a Pam sprayed loaf pan and baked it off for 50 minutes.
The cake came out perfect. Moist and delicious – although I will say this is more spiced pumpkin than regular pumpkin.  You can definitely taste the spiciness in it because it’s right up there in the forefront. It’s not as spicy as other pumpkin desserts can be (such as spiced pumpkin pie) but it’s definitely noticeable.
Since I made the bread with soda, a slice (1/12th) was only 130 calories or 3 points plus values.
Do you like experimenting with baking?

Funfetti Dip

Funfetti cake is probably one of the best cakes that Pillsbury produces and sells.  There’s pudding in the mix which makes the cake super moist and who doesn’t love cute little sprinkles of color throughout their cake and if you’re feeling adventurous cute color sprinkles throughout their frosting?  The downside … it’s one of the higher calorie cake mixes.
Now fast forward to the fabulous brain power in some Weight Watchers members, someone (apologies, don’t know who the first person who created this recipe was) came up with a DIP using funfetti dip and incorporated it with some guilt-free additions.
I made this dip as one of the desserts to put out on Easter and it was quite a hit.  I will say it makes a HUGE vat of dip, which if I were to make this again, I would undoubtedly cut the recipe in half.  I served it with animal crackers as well as two pints of fresh strawberries.  (Side note: My 1 year old nephew LOVES strawberries and kept dragging himself onto the table to snag the strawberries out of the bowl. So cute!!)
Now if you want to make this dip at home all you need are 3 very simple ingredients.
  • 1 box of Funfetti cake mix
  • 2 cups fat free plain yogurt
  • 1 cup Lite Cool Whip
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for about 3-4 hours before serving.  It’ll make it into a thicker, frosting type consistency.
Serving size for 3 points plus you can have ¼ of a cup.  I found this serving to be very generous.  Of course, you’ll need to factor in the points for your animal crackers – or if you wanted to make it even more guilt-free eat it with strawberries.  Either way, it’s divine!
Have you tried Funfetti dip?