National Dessert Month, with and without pumpkin spice

Monday, October 2, 2017

By: Femi Cole

It’s October. It’s National Dessert Month. We’ve found two recipes to satisfy your fall dessert cravings. (And, yes, one of them has pumpkin spice.)



Double Apple Crumble



5 cups sliced and peeled apples (about 2 pounds)

3 tablespoons apple butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup regular oats, uncooked

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons chilled butter

1/3 cup chopped pecans

Cooking spray



  1. Heat oven to 375 °F.
  2. Combine apples and apple butter. Place in 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Press down lightly to compact.
  3. Combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
  4. Cut in butter using pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.

Source: Health Magazine



Mini Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes



3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup steamed pumpkin, canned or pureed

1/4 cup plain yogurt



4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Pinch of salt



  1. Heat oven to 375 °F. Line 24 mini muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the first five ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar until light using an electric mixer.
  4. Whisk eggs and pumpkin in a bowl, then beat into butter mixture.
  5. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture and yogurt alternately, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool.
  8. For frosting: Beat all ingredients with an electric mixer for 3 minutes until light. Spread onto cupcakes.

Source: Health Magazine


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