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