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Once upon a time, many long years ago, I found a Kellogg’s recipe called Choco-Dot Pumpkin Cake which soon became a family favorite. As the years passed and I adopted a lower fat diet, I stopped making it. This past Thanksgiving, I remembered how much we’d enjoyed the original recipe and wondered if I could tweak it to make it a bit healthier. I reduced the sugar, substituted applesauce for oil, eliminated the chocolate chips, and substituted GrapeNuts for the walnuts. Here’s the result, which we found to be absolutely delicious.

Please note that, as is the case with most lower fat baked goods, it’s important to do all mixing by hand.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour large Bundt pan. (I use a floured spray like Pam or Baker’s Joy.)

Beat well:      

4 eggs

Add and mix well:

2 cups canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling

1 ½ cups sugar

Stir in:

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup Kellog’s All-Bran

1 cup Grapenuts

Mix and fold in:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp allspice

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

¼ tsp ginger

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto cooling rack to complete the cooling.


While you’re waiting for the cake to bake, check out Amanda’s Historical Christian Romance Dreams Rekindled.

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Dreams Rekindled

By Amanda Cabot

He’s bound and determined to find peace . . . but she’s about to stir things up.

Dorothy Clark dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers—until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is.

Brandon Holloway has seen firsthand the disastrous effects of challenging others. He has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he’s committed to making a new—and completely uncontroversial—start in the Hill Country.

As Dorothy’s involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, the same change seems to be happening in Brandon’s heart. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who’s determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon’s livelihood.

About the Author:

Amanda Cabot’s dream of selling a book before her thirtieth birthday came true, and she’s now the author of more than thirty-five novels as well as eight novellas, four non-fiction books, and what she describes as enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city. Her inspirational romances have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists, have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and have been nominated for the ACFW Carol, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers Best awards. A popular workshop presenter, Amanda takes pleasure in helping other writers achieve their dreams of publication.

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