About this recipe: Here’s a delicious, richly coloured teabread that is moist enough to eat without butter. It makes a great addition to a healthy lunchbox, being rich in essential antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
A * B1, B6, copper, selenium, zinc
Use butternut squash instead of pumpkin. * For spiced pumpkin muffins, spoon the mixture into 12 paper muffin cases placed in the cups of a deep muffin tray. Sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and bake for 20–25 minutes or until well risen and golden brown. * To make date and walnut pumpkin loaf, instead of sultanas add 85 g (3 oz) chopped dried dates and 30 g (1 oz) chopped walnuts. Top the loaf with a few walnut halves instead of pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin has a high water content, which makes it low in calories – just 15 kcal per 100 g (3½ oz). It provides carbohydrates, potassium, calcium and vitamins A and C. An excellent source of beta-carotene, pumpkin also provides several other antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin. * Steaming the pumpkin helps to preserve its content of water-soluble vitamin C. If you choose to boil it instead, be sure to use the minimum of water.