Since it is officially pumpkin season and I am seeing pumpkins everywhere, I wanted to pay tribute to this wonderfully nutritious fruit. So, throughout the rest of the month, each Tuesday, let’s get ready for not only a nutritious, but also nourishing new recipe that of course is centered around pumpkin!
I love pumpkins. I love the flavor, especially in a pie but also the colors. They are bright and beautiful and although everything on the market that is pumpkin isn’t that nutritious, pumpkin itself packs quite the health punch!
I wanted to kick off this week’s pumpkin tribute with a breakfast recipe. One that is of course easy, because that is how I roll, but also grain free. So, whether you are gluten intolerant or not, this will be a new fall favorite in your home.
Let’s just jump right in!
The Nutritious Pumpkin
Pumpkin seeds have an amazing amount of fiber in them, which makes them super awesome for weight loss. They have about 2g of fiber per ounce! Get some of their goodness in your life by adding them to your homemade granola, raw trail mixes, or in a smoothie and you are good to go.
But the fun doesn’t stop there, you can add pumpkin seed oil into your life and use it daily to reap the benefits of reducing inflammation, prostate health, metal well-being, hair loss in men, heart and diabetes to name a few. It even is used to help support the health of cancer patients and some studies even show that it decreases the risk for cancer. And that is just the seeds!
What awesomeness does the fruit itself hold? Well, for starters it is loaded with vitamin A which is great for your eyes. They also have a great deal of fiber which makes them great for weight loss too. Plus, they are also rich in the antioxidant beta carotene which helps the skin, rich in potassium (more than a banana), and are a good source of vitamin C to add to your daily diet.
Why wouldn’t you want to eat this fruit more?
Beware The Canned Pumpkin
But just because the fruit is amazingly healthy and filled with great benefits for your body, doesn’t mean the canned variety always is. Actually, if you aren’t careful, you could end up with some pie filing that is loaded with sugar and that pretty much negates all the benefits along with it.
You want to be sure that you are buying the real stuff. But how? You can buy the whole pumpkin yourself or you can read the ingredients. This is something you really need to do anyway because unfortunately you can’t trust a can by its cover anymore.
When you flip over the can, you should only see ingredients: pumpkin. Pure and simple. Nothing more and nothing less. Then you will be sure you are walking away with the right stuff that you can use in say…this recipe I am about to share!
Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
(makes 4 pancakes)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp. coconut flour
- 4 eggs (large)
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I buy it from Trader Joes)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- Splash of vanilla
- 1 tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup
- Mix all of the wet ingredients in a bowl (eggs, pumpkin. Vanilla and honey).
- Sift together the almond flour, coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, and baking powder then add slowly to the wet ingredients until combined.
- Heat griddle or large pan to a medium heat, melt coconut oil or butter in pan and pour batter into pan using about ¼ of mix depending on the desired size.
- Cook on one side until you see bubbles around the edge and it is firm enough to flip over (about 2 to 3 minutes depending on heat of pan) then cook the other side for about another 2 to 3 minutes until done.
*serve pancakes with warm maple syrup, walnuts, fruit or even almond butter on top. I love them with maple syrup and bacon – YUM!*
There is nothing better than a hot breakfast on a cold day and these pancakes totally do the trick, but who says you have to only have these for breakfast? In my house, we love mixing it up and having breakfast for dinner. And this recipe is a fun festive way to do just that!
But the pumpkin fun doesn’t stop here. Come back next week for another great pumpkin recipe ready to be added to any weekly menu or plan.
And if you have one of your own to share please don’t be shy. Drop it in the comments below.
And let’s not forget, if you are trying to make it through the holidays this year without packing on the pounds, sign up below for my 7-Day Simple Weight Loss Challenge.
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Until next time…
With Nourishing Love,