The leaves are changing. There’s a morning crisp in the air (even in Dallas!) This can only mean one thing…..Helloooo pumpkin season!
If you follow me on Instagram (@juicedblog) you know I’ve been eating all things pumpkin all month, from pancakes to oatmeal and lattes to apple sauce. If you can add pumpkin to it, I’ve tried it. But now I’m sharing my all-time favorite pumpkin recipe: my healthy chocolate chip pumpkin bread!
This recipe literally tastes like fall. But, it’s gluten free, grain free, dairy free and paleo. It can even be made refined sugar free is you use these Hu, No Added Sugar, Chocolate Chips.
But before we get to the recipe! Did you know pumpkin is packed with health benefits? Adding to the guilt-free nature of this pumpkin loaf. I know pumpkin tends to shine in the fall but there’s no reason it shouldn’t be part of our diet year-round. Keep reading for some of my favorite health benefits!
High in Antioxidants
Pumpkins contain alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin, powerful antioxidants that can help neutralize free radicals. While helpful is removing harmful bacteria, excessive free radicals in the body have been linked to chronic illness, including heart disease and some forms of cancer.
Packed with Immune Boosting Vitamins
One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 245% of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin A. No, that is not a typo. Vitamin A supports eyesight, is good for your skin, bone health, and promotes healthy cellular growth and reproduction. Vitamin A also supports a healthy immune system.
However, pumpkin boosts more than just Vitamin A. It also contains a healthy dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Iron and Folate, all of which have been linked to boosting the immune system.
High in Fiber
Fiber is essential to the detoxification of our bodies. However, unless you are consciously tracking your fiber intake, you probably are not getting enough. Fiber also supports healthy weight management as it keeps us feeling fuller longer. A one cup serving of pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber, or about 12 that of% of your daily recommended dose.
Recipe Time! Healthy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
Back to why you clicked on this article in the first place! Recipe time! See below for my go-to healthy pumpkin chocolate chip bread.
- 4 eggs
- 1 C pumpkin puree
- ½ C full fat coconut milk
- 6 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ C coconut flour
- ½ C cassava flour
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ¾ C dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the over to 350 F.
- In a large mixing bowl, begin by whisking together all the wet ingredients. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir to combine.
- Transfer the batter to a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top of the loaf (optional).
- Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes.
- Allow the bread a chance to cool before removing it from the loaf pan. Place on a wire rack to finish cooling before slicing and serving.
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