While I am not on the bandwagon of typical pumpkin spice lattes (sugar, syrup, chemicals, yuck), I AM a huge fan of actual pumpkin, and I love using it in breads, muffins and smoothies. This wonderful, seasonal gourd also boasts plenty of health benefits:
The beta-carotene (which gives it the orange color) converts into a form of Vitamin A, improving eyesight.
Packed with fiber, pumpkin meat aids in digestion and keeps you full longer.
Antioxidants reduce the amount of free radicals in the body, which can help slow the aging process (think wrinkle-free!)
More potassium than a banana, making pumpkin puree the perfect addition to your refuel shake after working out.
But just in case you’re tired of the usual pie, here’s a fun variation that would make a tasty on-the-go breakfast, or save it for dessert!
Because it’s the holidays.
Don’t worry about indulging, because this loaf is gluten free and each thick slice is 13g of protein with less than 20g of carbs! The Caramel Spice Crumble tops the loaf off with an amazing blend of seasonally-perfect spices.
You could try other protein powders, but if you do, I suggest a whey protein blend similar to PEScience- isolates will NOT work. Vegan powders are usual a hit or miss. There’s a reason why I stick with this brand for baking… so if you sub the powder, please keep in mind that taste and texture will be different and I cannot guarantee exactly how it will come out!
The Caramel Spice cashew butter can be swapped for a different nut butter, whatever flavor you think you’d like!