A simple walk around the grounds reveals how the seasons have shifted. The winds have blown all the leaves away and the weather has got cooler.
As the weather gets chilly, we start choosing foods to warm our bones. Needless to say, fresh baking is one of the little foods that comfort us. The smells from the oven are more than enough to keep winter away and make us feel cheerful.
Here is an amazing recipe which will remind you of the sweeter side of autumn. It is protein-dense and gluten-free, as an added bonus.
- 1 cup of blanched almond flour
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of cloves
- 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon of Celtic salt
- 2 tablespoons of organic raw honey
- ½ cup of roasted pumpkin
- ¼ teaspoon of stevia
- 3 large free range organic eggs
Mix the flour, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a food processor. Add the honey, pumpkin, stevia, and eggs to the dry ingredients and pulse for a few minutes. Place the batter into a pan and bake for half an hour at 350°.
In addition to tasting amazingly, pumpkin provides a wide range of health benefits as well. Here are some of them:
1. Boost Your Immune System
Only a cup of cooked pumpkin provides 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin C. This is an added bonus at a time when we are more prone to flu and colds.
2. Rebuilds The Body
We all know that eating a banana after a workout is good for the body, bur pumpkin is even better. A cup of pumpkin provides up to 564 milligrams of potassium, compared to 422 milligrams that a banana provides.
3. Protects Skin
Beta-carotene in pumpkin is a powerful antioxidant which keeps the skin free of wrinkles, combating the effects of aging.
4. Reduces Cancer Risk
The aforementioned beta-carotene is effective at both preventing and fighting cancer. It has been scientifically shown that pumpkin is even superior to supplements in terms of supplying these antioxidants.
5. Eye Health
A cup of cooked pumpkin contains up to 200 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A, a nutrient which keeps our eyes healthy. Its bright color is attributed to its carotenoid content, including beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A in our bodies.
6. Weight Loss
A cup of cooked pumpkin provides up to three grams of fiber and only 49 calories. In other words, you can eat plenty of it and stay full, without worrying about the calorie intake. Eating a diet high in fiber stimulates weight loss by preventing overeating.
Don’t hesitate to give this mouthwatering pumpkin bread recipe a try! It will keep you healthy and warm this fall and you will definitely love it!