I wouldn’t do anything for a Klondike bar, but I’d do some shady sh*t for pumpkin spice!
October is my favorite month and it might just be because I love all things pumpkin spice. Can I get a “HELL YA!?!”
Pumpkins are stacked on porches, orange lights brighten house silhouettes, and 7ft blow up Grim Reapers fill our yards. But far beyond the decorations are the smells and sights of pumpkin lattes & cream rolls, cinnamon donuts, and caramel apples (I’m drooling).
Now, I’m not going to tell you to deprive yourself of the ONE time of year you get these tasty treats instead I’m going to give you an alternative to satisfy your taste buds while making your gut health happy.
Pumpkins are high in fiber, containing more than 20% of your daily recommended dose, and a great source of b vitamins. The B vitamins and fiber make the pumpkin valuable against high blood pressure and strokes, thus protecting the heart over a period of time. Studies have shown that pumpkins can prevent bone loss and reduce kidney stones. Not to mention the seeds can be baked and salted, turning them into a delicious snack.
Here’s one of my favorite Fall gut friendly recipes. It’s stacked with gut friendly ingredients to revive your gut health while devouring a treat.
Gutsy Good Pumpkin Bread
1 ½ cup almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tbsp pumpkin spice
1 can organic pumpkin puree
¼ cup organic maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
¼ cup coconut sugar
¼ cup apple sauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, whisked
½ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup goji berries (optional)
¼ cup dried cherries (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together well: almond & coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, and pumpkin spices.
In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients: pumpkin, applesauce, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix well and then add walnuts, and dried fruit - make sure these are well incorporated. Pour batter into a greased bread pan. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Let bread cool, then cover it with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
For extra sweetness top the bread batter with these dairy free chocolate chips.
Food regulates metabolism and creates building blocks for healthy hormones. Don’t cheat yourself by consuming crap. Eat well, live well, and follow your gut.
Be Gutsy as a Mother,
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