Sunday, February 2, 2014

Two Ingredient Low Fat Pumpkin Bread

Speaking of two-ingredient desserts, I make the easiest and most pumpkin-y pumpkin breads with just two ingredients. The thing that bothers me about most recipes for pumpkin bread is that they use less than a can of pumpkin puree. That's not pumpkin-y enough! Plus, you have an awkward amount of pumpkin puree left over. (I just freeze it in a baggie in those situations, but most people don't have the same freezer obsession that I do.) I got the idea for this pumpkin bread from my Three-Ingredient Whoopie Pies, which are made by adding a whole can of pumpkin puree to cake mix as a substitute for butter and oil.

I've made this many times with various brands of pumpkin and cake mix, and it's always turned out perfectly. It never ceases to amaze me how whatever spice cake mix I use results in a perfectly spiced pumpkin bread.

Two Ingredient Pumpkin Bread
1 box spice cake mix (I've used Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines successfully)
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup water if mixture is extremely thick

Preheat oven according to package directions. Stir together ingredients either by hand or with a mixer. The mixture should be extremely thick, like biscuit dough, but if it is dry, add a bit of water. Bake according to package directions. I like to use a bundt pan, but any pan will do. You could even make cupcakes, cookies, or whoopie pies! Tastes even better the next day and freezes well.

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake (Two ingredients, Low Carb, No-Bake)

As you may know from my cooking philosophy, I try not to allow myself to learn how to bake desserts, because I don't want to enable myself to do so whenever I have a craving! I also believe in having a few simple, healthy, 5-ingredient or less recipes up my sleeve in case I get a craving I just can't shake. Enter this Low Carb Greek Yogurt Cheesecake. It has two ingredients: Greek yogurt and jello pudding. Mix them together, and the tang from the yogurt blends with the sweetness of the pudding in a way that really tastes like cheesecake.

This is a great way to trick yourself into getting your protein and probiotics. Hell, you could even eat this for breakfast!

Low Carb Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
Jello sugar-free pudding mix (the small 1 oz box). Any flavor you want. My favorites are vanilla and lemon.
16 oz container fat-free Greek yogurt

Mix the two ingredients together however is easiest for you: mixer, blender, food processor. Unless you have a super-buff arm, you probably won't be able to do this by hand because it's really thick. Distribute into individual serving containers or a large bowl. Delicious on its own or with fruit. If you're not concerned about carbs, you could serve it in a Graham cracker crust or simply crumble Graham crackers on top.