There isn’t much I consider better than wearing jeans & hoodies, going for a run on a cool, crispy morning… the smell of ranchers and farmers burning up their wood piles in the Fall, eating on the patio, hearing a baby giggle, having sex, and… well, pumpkin bread.
And it’s not just the fact that I enjoy eating a slice now and then (it’s okay). But how it makes my house smell! So if you LIKE pumpkin bread the way my family does… then go get some organic pumpkin puree (or if you’re really serious, go bake 1 medium sized sugar pumpkin and core it like we did this afternoon…. which makes your house smell even BETTER), nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, salt, baking powder, honey (or maple syrup), almond flour and 3 eggs.
Okay… I’ll put it in a nice list for you high maintenance people:
- 1cup almond flour
- sea salt (1/4 teaspoon)
- baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
- cinnamon (1 tablespoon)
- nutmeg (1-2 teaspoons)
- allspice or pumpkin spice (1 tablespoon)
- honey or maple syrup (2-4 tablespoons- your call)
- 3 eggs (I love when recipes say “cracked” or “separated”…. as though some people need to know this)
- 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin (if you’re “efficient” like me, use 3/4 can of Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin)
Add the soft stuff together (pumpkin, eggs, honey) and then sift in and stir the dry crap. Pour into a mini loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes (ovens vary so you may need it in there 45 minutes)
- I add EnjoyLife chocolate chips to one loaf because it makes my oldest daughter very happy.
- Slather some fresh goat’s milk butter on top of a cold slice from the fridge if you’d like to experience an orgasm in your mouth.
By the way, roasting pumpkins really isn’t THAT hard, and I’ll do it for better flavor. Basically you get a couple sugar pumpkins (the cute medium size ones), snap off the stem and cut in half. Core out the seeds and guts (my kids love this part) and save the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are FULL of nutrition, trust me. I’ll show you how to roast them if you want. So anyway… save the seeds and then place the halves face down in a baking dish with about 1/2-1 inch of water…. and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. When you take it out, it will be soft, but very easy to spoon out. Save in ziploc bags and make some pumpkin pancakes in the morning!
line up on cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt (i add a tad of cinnamon) and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
Here are some benefits to pumpkin seeds:
Pumpkin seeds contain ‘L-tryptophan’ which has been shown to be an effective and natural antidepressant. Tryptophan is also found in milk, but it takes only a gram of pumpkin seeds to get as much tryptophan as an entire glass of milk. Neat huh?
Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and this makes them a good way to combat osteoporosis which is linked to low intake of zinc.
Another powerful effect of zinc is to help improve and regulate a strong sense of smell…. which means that I have zinc overload or something. This has caused problems for me while running in races bc runners are nasty people. With that said… smell is important and with better smell comes better taste which means you have a better chance of appreciating REAL food.
Zinc along with magnesium is useful in increasing testosterone levels and sperm count in men. Pumpkin seeds happen to contain both. As testosterone is an anabolic hormone that encourages both weight loss and muscle growth this might well be a useful thing to add to the diet of bodybuilders. Or chicks and dudes just wanting to get in shape. No need to discriminate.
Pumpkin seeds have been shown to be effective in preventing inflammation. Likely from the high counts of nutrients in these tiny things. ALL “whole, living foods” will reduce inflammation REMEMBER THAT!!!!
Pumpkin seeds are of course high in fiber. This means that they can help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and improve digestion. They can also encourage healthy bowel movements and prevent constipation and for this reason they are often recommended for cats and dogs. Always keep in mind that “good source of fiber” means different things in different foods and packages. Not all fiber is created equal – or even necessary. I’ll quote Mark Sisson on this one… most of the time fiber is “just there to make your shit bigger”.
At the same time pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein which is useful for rebuilding tissue and muscle. 100g carries almost 56% of the daily recommended intake of protein! (for who… I don’t know… we all need varying amounts of protein but that is still kind of exciting. I love protein.)
As mentioned, pumpkin seeds can be useful in combating cholesterol due to their high fiber content & MUFAs. However this is also further improved by the inclusion of phytosterols**.