The Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin baked everything is a requirement for Fall.

Finding that perfect blend of sweet, spicy and moist without all the sugar and grains can definitely be a challenge. Over the years I have baked hundreds of recipes in search for perfection. This my friends, is it! The flavors in this bread layer so gently…. cinnamon, spice and pumpkin with a little hint of earthy from the nuts and dates all surrounded with a moist, tender crumb. Pair with tea, coffee or get fancy and serve with a little ghee mixed with cinnamon and honey.

The Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 dates, pitted OR 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted grass fed butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup extra fine almond flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 21/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried naturally sweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix pumpkin, maple syrup, eggs in a large bowl. Add pitted dates and blend with an emulsion blender. (Alternatively, you can mix the entire wet portion in a food processor.) Add melted butter and vanilla, mix well.
  3. In a separate small bowl, combine almond flour, arrowroot, coconut flour, baking soda, spice and sea salt. Mix with a fork or whisk to incorporate everything fully.
  4. Add the dry mix to the wet mix, blend gently with a spatula.
  5. Fold in the coconut, cranberries and nuts.
  6. Spray an 8 inch loaf pan with coconut oil non-stick spray or line with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees.
  8. Remove from oven and cool in the pan.
  9. For Muffins: divide batter evenly among muffin tin or papers. Cook time will vary depending on tin or paper size. Check at 15 minutes - muffins are done when slightly springy to the touch in the middle.

Inspired Bite: Try making this as Banana Bread! Substitute 1 cup of mashed banana for the pumpkin. Delicious!

Serve, Eat and Enjoy!

Spiced Paleo Cookies

Spiced Paleo Cookies

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup almond or cashew butter
  • 8 fresh organic dates, pitted
  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 small banana or ½ large banana
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup dried currants or raisins or juice sweetened cranberries
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • Coconut Sugar to sprinkle on cookies (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine almond butter, coconut flour and dates in a food processer, blend well.
  3. Add the shredded coconut, banana, eggs, spices, vanilla, salt and baking soda and blend for 30 seconds until dough forms.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients and pulse once or twice until combined. Do not overmix.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto parchment lined baking sheet or silpat.
  6. Slightly flatten cookies with a wet spatula. Sprinkle with coconut sugar if desired..
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden on top.