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!

 

Vanilla Almond Granola

One of the best things about making your own food is the way it makes your kitchen smell. I guess there could be an argument the other way around but for this one, you’ll be glad its baking in your oven. Granola is a great snack no matter how you eat it but my favorite way to eat it is on yogurt. I justify it by the fact that I’m only eating tablespoons at a time rather than fist-fulls. This recipe for Vanilla Almond Granola is based on a recipe from sallysbakingaddiction.com. The combination of sugar free pancake syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon give it the right amount of sweet spiciness and the coconut oil helps bring together the rest of the ingredients for the right amount of crunchiness that you look for in granola.
 

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Now before you sniff at me for my choice of sweetener, let me tell you – not all no- or low-calorie sweeteners are made the same. Some are great for cooking or baking such as sucralose or Splenda, as it’s commonly known. Its a stable sweetener. Other sweeteners are fabulous for their taste, if you don’t prefer the taste of sucralose.  Some people like how they’re obtained from natural sources, as in the case of stevia or agave nectar. I actually did try agave nectar with this one. The dark version has a taste surprisingly like pancake syrup by itself. So I thought it would be the perfect choice for this recipe. What I didn’t realize is that it DOES NOT like heat. It was crispy before the first 15 minutes were up. I was really quite surprised. It turned out a lot better when switched up to the sucralose in the mix.whole grain sugar free granolaI can also happily report that this is kid approved.  As soon as I had them try it, they all wanted some yogurt to put it on.  I call that a serious win.
 
You know what else is really, really good and kid approved?  Quick Mini Quiches can be made a million ways and are a cheesy, easy way to send your kids to school with breakfast in their stomachs.  Try it and tell me what you think!

 

Vanilla Almond Granola
Serves 16
Crunchy, sugar free and healthy snack!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  3. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  4. 1/2 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 cup sugar free pancake syrup
  7. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and then mix until evenly coated.
  3. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and then spread granola mix over the sheet evenly. You can also line with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  4. Place sheet in oven and allow to bake 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then store in an airtight container or plastic bag.
Notes
  1. Serving size is roughly 3 tbsp. of finished granola. The recipe yields about 3 cups.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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