Paleo Pumpkin Bread/Cake Heaven

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Who said baking had to include processed sugars, flours, and a ton of dairy?  To be honest, I have ALWAYS loved baking- not so much following the recipe, but I have a knack for eye-balling items and understanding flavors that work well together.  I have to admit, I was always a "taste as I go- sort of baker", and added in as I saw fit to add to the deliciousness of each item.  

When I realized that gluten did not agree with me, I was devastated, largely because now, how the heck do I bake?  I went through months of trying "gluten free" recipes, and everything just tasted "fake" or "less than" to me.  So I gave up baking... for a long long long time.  I found sweetness in root vegetables and fruits, but sometimes just really wanted a cookie or a piece of cake to bite in to!  And for that reason, in the past month or so, I have been yearning to try baking again!  After understanding more about how my body processes different sugars and flours, I am more open to experimentation in the kitchen!  

Last week I came across one of Rachel Mansfield's paleo recipes, and decided I had to try it.  Everything looked easy enough, (especially the addition of Simple Mills baking mixes, which is my new obsession) except I just did not feel like cooking/peeling/ etc. sweet potatoes!   If you haven't noticed from prior posts, I have an obsession with fall vegetables ESPECIALLY pumpkin (which I of course had in my cabinet).  So I subbed out the sweet potato for pumpkin (1:1 ratio). 

Below is the recipe, as adapted from Rachel, and I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but have no fear! It is basically the same wholesome, healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free ingredients over and over again;  and it's a cinch once you start the process!  Give it a whirl and a spoon, (you taste the batter too right?) and definitely let me know how it goes.  Did I mention, this doesn't have to be dessert?  A girlfriend who taste-tested shared she had it for breakfast the next morning!

Happy baking ya'll!


**Disclaimer**This is a recipe I found on Rachel Mansfield's website, and I only changed two ingredients (coconut sugar and pumpkin)

Ingredient List

100% pure Maple Syrup
Coconut oil
Coconut Flour
Coconut Sugar
100% organic canned Pumpkin
Ground Ginger
Ground Cinnamon
Vanilla Extract
Simple Mills Chocolate Muffin Mix
Almond Flour
Baking Powder

Directions to Paleo Heaven:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit

Pumpkin Layer (Bottom Layer)
1.  Mix Dry Ingredients together

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup coconut sugar**OPTIONAL (I added to sweeten up the pumpkin as it is not naturally as sweet as sweet potato)

2.  Mix Wet Ingredients together in a separate bowl

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 100% organic canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

3.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, whisk together and set aside

Chocolate Layer

1. Whisk together 1 egg, 3 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup of water in a bowl
2. Add 1/2 package of Simple Mills chocolate muffin mix and mix well until it is completely combined then set aside

Chocolate Crumble Layer

1. Mix together remaining 1/2 of chocolate muffin mix with 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of water

Put it all together:

1.  Pour pumpkin layer on the bottom of a greased rectangle or bread pan (I greased mine with melted coconut oil)
2. Add the chocolate layer on top.
3. Sprinkle the chocolate crumble layer on top evenly.
4.  Cook for 30 minutes, then add a piece of aluminum foil on top and bake for 20 minutes.  I took the aluminum foil off and let it cool before cutting

Snap a picture and let me know your thoughts!