This Heart-Healthy Pumpkin Bread Recipe Is Gluten-Free and Full of Antioxidants
When the leaves start changing colors and the weather gets cooler, we start turning to foods to comfort us and warm our bones. Very little foods do that better than fresh baking. Just the smells coming from the oven are enough to lift your spirits and help keep winter at bay.
Our favorite recipe to remind us about the sweeter side of fall involves a season staple: pumpkin. What makes this tasty treat even better is the fact that it’s gluten-free and packed with protein. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
- 1 cup of blanched almond flour
- ¼ teaspoon of Celtic salt
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon of cloves
- ½ cup of roasted pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons of organic raw honey
- ¼ teaspoon of stevia
- 3 large free range organic eggs
In a food processor mix the almond flour, salt, baking soda, and spices together. Add the pumpkin, stevia, honey, and eggs to the dry ingredients and pulse for two minutes. Scoop the batter into a parchment paper-lined loaf pan and bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes. Let it cool for an hour, serve and enjoy!
We suggest using pumpkin (because we love it) but you can use any winter squash you like, the quantity works the same.
While we know that pumpkin tastes great, we often overlook just how good pumpkin actually is for us. Here are some of the goodness pumpkin supplies us with.
Just one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 200% of our daily recommended amount of vitamin A which aids in our vision. Pumpkin’s bright color comes from the carotenoids in it, including beta-carotene which becomes vitamin A in our bodies as well.
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Pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber per one cup, with only 49 calories! That means you can eat more of it and stay full, without having to worry about the calories. Eating a high fiber diet stops overeating, which aids in weight loss.
Reduces Cancer Risk
Like sweet potato and other squashes, the antioxidant beta-carotene works to prevent and fight cancer. Studies have found pumpkin to be more effective in supplying these antioxidants than manufactured supplements.
Our hero, beta-carotene, returns to help protect our skin. This free radical-fighting antioxidant also works to keep our skin wrinkle free, fighting the affects of aging on our bodies.
Rebuilds The Body
You may have heard that a banana after a workout is good for you, but pumpkin is actually better. A cup of cooked pumpkin contains 564 milligrams of refuelling potassium versus the 422 milligrams that a banana has.
Boost Your Immune System
Perfect for the fall, one cup of cooked pumpkin contains 20% of our daily recommended amount of vitamin C. This is a definite plus at a time when we are more susceptible to colds and the flu.
Try this delicious pumpkin bread recipe to keep you warm and healthy this Autumn season, you’ll love it!
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