It’s that time of year again…
Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
Pumpkin Ice cream.
And all of it loaded with sugar, gluten, grains, and seed oils. Sad, really, since poor inoffending pumpkin is getting dragged to the “destroy your health” party when really he (or is pumpkin a she?) has no business being there.
We hear you pumpkin. We know you don’t really want to hang out with those guys. We know you’re a nutritional powerhouse – nutrient dense with a low glycemic load, satisfying yet not calorie dense, and enough vitamin A for 2 days in just one little serving of your creamy, slightly sweet and nutty goodness. We get it pumpkin. That’s why we’re here to help…
If you’ve been skipping all the pumpkin treats this Fall in an effort to stay on track with your health goals, you will love this post! (Or, if you’ve been indulging in pumpkin treats and then slapping yourself on the head because of the post sugar/carb/gluten headaches/body aches/joint pain/weight gain/bloated belly you will REALLY love this post). You don’t have to party on the wrong side of town to get down with pumpkin. Get pumpkin away from the motley crew he (or she?) usually hangs with and you get all the indulgence with none of the gut-searing-joint-aching pain that accompanies the usual autumnal treats.
Visit the links below and try out some of these Pumpkin treats that let Pumpkin be the goody-two-shoes he/she actually is…and no carb hang overs will follow. Promise! (Although I will say
you should try to use as little sugar as possible when cooking up a treat. These recipes keep it pretty moderate and use natural sweeteners – a great start. But an even better finish would be to try the recipe with half the sugar called for and see if you can get yourself use to less sweetness. Worse comes to worse, pour a little maple syrup over your pie to sweeten it back up…but at least give pumpkin a shot to do it’s thing. You can also replace half the pumpkin with Butternut or Kabocha squash. They are both naturally sweeter than Pumpkin, so you can get away with much less – or even no – added sugar.)
Healthy Recipe Journal: Roasted Pumpkin Salad (This is not a Paleo site. Omit the rice to make it Paleo).
Simply Recipes: A Whole Bunch of Pumpkin Soup Recipes (Again, not a Paleo site. If you choose to use butter and cream, I recommend Organic only. Otherwise, sub in Ghee for butter and Coconut Milk for Cream. The last recipe calls for brown sugar. I recommend subbing in 2 Tbsp maple syrup)
PaleOMG: Blueberry & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (This one is a super star – only a Tablespoon of added sugar!)
PaleOMG: Sugar Detox Pumpkin Cake in a Mug (No sugar here either! She rocks so hard…)
Multiply Delicious: Pumpkin Spiced Donuts (Again with the low sugars!)
Multiply Delicious: Paleo Pumpkin Streusel Muffins (This chic sits high in my book…just dates in this)