I Love Pumpkin!

I love Pumpkin!

At the first hint of the trees turning colors, my mind fills with visions of pumpkin spice and hot chocolate.  I crave pumpkin bread and pumpkin donuts and pumpkin cheesecake and well,  you get the idea.  I’ve learned a lot in the short time I’ve committed to going low carb, and dealt with the necessity of going gluten free.  So one of the first experiments in low carb/gluten free baking was definitely Pumpkin Bread!  I’m going to share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes that not only are nice and healthy but also delicious!

Pumpkin Bread

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Keto Pumpkin Bread via Green and Keto

One of the reasons I love this recipe is that, in my opinion, no-grain baked goods of the sweet variety taste the best when using a combo of almond flour and coconut flour.  The combination I like to use is if the recipe calls for 2 cups of almond flour, I’ll actually use 1 1/2 cups of almond flour and 1/2 cup of coconut flour.  The coconut flour lightens up the denseness of the almond flour, and the almond flour doesn’t overpower the flavor of the baked good, as coconut flour has a tendency to do. 

Another reason I love this recipe is because when working with pumpkin recipes a lot of take the easy way out of spicing the pumpkin by throwing a couple of teaspoons of pumpkin spice and calling it good.  That may work for lattes but you’ll find your baked goods more rich if you add the individual spice group that has made pumpkin so warm and inviting — cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.  Another hint from my kitchen — if you like your bread on the spicier side, don’t get too terribly exact when measuring your spices, except with the cloves!

Pumpkin Donuts

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts via Low Carb Yum

This recipe is very similar to the Pumpkin Bread recipe above but this time we’re using our mixture to make donuts.  You’ll notice that the recipe calls for peanut flour, which if you’re like me, doesn’t exactly sit on your local store’s grocery shelves.  So instead I used my old stand-by’s instead — almond flour and coconut flour.  In this case I used 1 1/4 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup coconut flour.  I also used Splenda instead of the stevia blend since that’s what I had on hand.  Turned out beautifully.  Also note, one of my favorite new toys since going low carb is this little beauty, Sunbeam’s Donut Maker.  I picked this little baby up at a second hand store for about $5.  Pipe the donuts into each slot using a pint or gallon sized bag with one of the bottom corners snipped off, and they usually only take about 15 minutes to bake.  Yum, and easy clean up.

tabletop donut maker sunbeam

If you can’t find one for a decent price anywhere, there are always donut baking pans like this one from Wilton.

donut baking pan wilton

Pumpkin Pie

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie via Gnom-Gnom

I have a confession to make – I hate pumpkin pie.  But I know that I am definitely in minority in this which is why, despite my distaste for it, I include it in my recipe list.  Its a texture thing, I don’t think I could explain it.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Low Carb Cheesecake via Wholesome Yum

I care what time of year it is, there is always room for cheesecake.  Of any flavor.  This recipe is quite rich so you’ll want to make sure to cut yourself small slices.  If you don’t have access to collagen peptides or whey protein isolate, the same amount of a vanilla protein powder should work just fine.

Pumpkin Cookies

Low Carb Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cookies via How to This and That

Some times you just need a little something.  And I think these little babies will do the trick.  And I love cookies.  They are easy to bake and easy to store.  And you can make them last — IF you can keep them away from the kids!

Pumpkin Pancakes

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes via BIg Man’s World

I love pumpkin pancakes!  Even being gluten intolerant, I love that I can still eat them when I want to and they still taste good.  There’s something about the spices and pumpkin combination that make for a warm meal on a cool day.

Pumpkin Bars

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Healthy Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting via Wholesome Yum

You know when you go to an office party or church function and pretty much everything is sugar ridden and carb laden?  Yeah well, here something you can bring that is better for you and may be just delicious enough that it will fool your fellow party goers.  And its pumpkin!

So there is my list!  You should now not lack for any delicious, healthy pumpkin treats that will get you through these chilly days and freezing nights!  If you’re not feeling the pumpkin vibe, might I suggest my recipe for Homestyle Banana Bread.  Its got the warmth and hominess without the pumpkin!

 

Homestyle Banana Bread

Quick breads are one of my favorite treats.  Banana bread, pumpkin bread, they are all yummy.  And they make your kitchen smell awesome.  Its one of those things that you think to youself, “Well, I guess I can’t have that any more now that I’m following a low carb lifestyle.”  But I’m happy to report that really super cleverer people than me have found ways to make one of the best comfort foods, like this homestyle banana bread, ok to indulge in every once in a while.

freckled bananas

This recipe from Low Carb Yum has been a favorite in my house for while.  Sometimes you just can’t eat the bananas fast enough.  They get soft and develop those dark freckles.  And thankfully that is when they are perfect for banana bread. 

Now I would not be me if I didn’t have to put my own flair on this family favorite.  One of the things that I noticed when I first made these is that because of the lack of gluten, the bread tends to be crumbly.  I’d worked on finding a happy medium.  Xanthan gum is a good replacement for the gluten.  Be aware though.  Xanthan gum can be, well, gummy.  Especially in a high moisture food like a quick bread.  Less is always more.  If you find that the bread is still gummy in the middle decrease the amount of gum in the recipe.  

banana bread in a mixer

I also found that straight almond flour was a bit more dense than I liked.  I played with it a bit and found that a combination of almond flour and coconut flour helps with the denseness.

banana bread in bread molds

I also increased the amount of banana originally called for.  It does increase the carb count slightly but adding that extra banana gives the bread that cozy banana flavor you want in banana bread.  I also find that banana bread without a ton of sugar in it can be bland.  I discovered a long time ago, the remedy to the blandness is cinnamon and nutmeg.  Cinnamon especially brings out the natural sweetness of the banana.  The nutmeg gives the bread a warmth like you would get from a bakery.

low carb homestyle banana bread

Not in the mood for banana?  Maybe a little chocolatey goodness with a lower wait time?  Try my Chocolate Protein Mug Cake.  Mix it together, pop it in the microwave and less than two minutes later you have chocolatey goodness!

 

Homestyle Banana Bread
Serves 10
Low carb treat for when you need some home baked goodness!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe medium bananas
  2. 2 tbsp. butter
  3. 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 1/3 c almond flour
  7. 3 tbsp coconut flour
  8. 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 c no calorie sweetener
  11. 1/2 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Mash bananas with mixer or fork. Add in butter, oil, eggs and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add in flours, gum, salt, sweetener and baking powder. Mix until well combined.
  3. In a well greased bread pan, pour in batter and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until the top of bread is starting to turn a golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
Notes
  1. If middle is still liquid but top is browning too fast, cover top of bread with some aluminum foil and bake until middle is done.
Adapted from Low Carb Yum
Adapted from Low Carb Yum
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