I've been putting pumpkin in EVERYTHING lately. Ice cream, oatmeal, smoothies, curries, muffins...you get the idea. I justify it by reminding myself of the benefits of pumpkin. It's got antioxidants to keep our skin glowing and wrinkle-free (gotta start young, right?), carotenoids to protect our eyes, potassium to balance electrolytes and keep our muscles functioning, and vitamins A and C to keep our immune system going strong. Mostly though, I love it because cooking with pumpkin usually involves all the other fall spices that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, especially on days when I can use a little extra grounding and comfort in my life.
Paleo Pumpkin Bread (adapted from Elana's Pantry)
1 c. blanched almond flour 1/4 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 Tbsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. cloves 1/2 c. roasted or canned pumpkin* 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup 1/4 tsp. stevia 3 eggs
Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl. Add pumpkin, honey or maple syrup, stevia, and eggs and blend either by hand (I used a fork) or in a food processor. Pour the batter into a loaf pan (mine measures 7.5" x 3.5"). Bake at 350 F for 35-45 minutes, and let cool for an hour.
*Elana uses her homemade roasted pumpkin, but I didn't feel up to carrying a pumpkin home from the store, so I used canned and it turned out just fine.