Monday, September 1, 2014

It's Fall Y'all! Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Ok maybe not technically. But let's just say I have been looking forward to September 1st for a while. When you live in Florida, every day closer to summer being over is a small victory.

Let's be real. Fall is where it's at!  Between football and cooler temps, it's got it all. Personally, one of my favorite things about the fall is getting that pumpkin out and cooking and baking up a storm!!

Sure, you can eat pumpkin anytime. You can get your Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.  But did you know that pumpkin is one of the healthiest foods to eat- and it doesn't matter what time of year!

What is so great about pumpkin?

1) Pumpkin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food- so it helps joint health, organ health, and soft tissue injuries.

2) It is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, so it protects the eyes and immune health.  A 1 cup serving of pumpkin contains more than 7 times the daily value of Vitamin A!!

3) Pumpkin is rich in fiber, which helps wash out toxins and improve digestion.

4) The pulp and seeds are rich in magnesium for bone and tooth health.

5) It can help you meet your iron needs! This helps make hemoglobin which helps transport oxygen throughout the body.

6) Pumpkin is high in zinc, providing almost half the daily recommended intake of zinc!  Zinc helps support female reproductive health and fertility, as well as helps to prevent cancer and boost immune health.

7) Forget bananas! Pumpkin is one of the highest sources among fruits and vegetables in potassium! This helps with cardiovascular health and aids in muscle and electrolyte recovery.

Here is a pumpkin bread recipe to get you started that is a perfect grain free, dairy free, soy free, GMO free and added sugar free to get you started! Please check out the recipes tab soon for other fall favorites that include pumpkin!

Paleo Pumpkin Bread
5 large eggs
1 cup of organic pumpkin or pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter (I used oil!)
1/2 cup organic coconut flour
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (try to use organic brand. I have found non-organic has HFCS)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon
1/4 cup organic shredded coconut (optional)
A few drops stevia extract (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix all the ingredients with a whisk in a medium sized bowl.  Put into greased muffin tin, loaf dish, or 8 x 8 baking dish. Bake for 20- 25 minutes until lightly browned (will need only 18-20 minutes for muffins).





Enjoy for breakfast, for a snack, or to accompany any meal!

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