As I mentioned in one of my last posts… fall is one of my favourite seasons. Partly because I am such a huge pumpkin fan… we even tried to grow pumpkins one year , but I don’t know if we may have crowded them too much [they need a lot of room], or the soil just wasn’t right but we didn’t get a great crop. Actually, come to think of it…. we haven’t had a great crop of many of the vegetables we have planted lately. :/ But we keep trying!
I love when all the pumpkins are ready and out at the farms , We enjoy going out to pick some to decorate for the season, but I also enjoy using pumpkin in different recipes; so many things taste so good with the addition of pumpkin! Who doesn’t like a pumpkin spiced latte at this time of the year? Or a pumkin smoothie? And those roasted pumpkin seeds are definitely worth having after spending all that time scraping! J I am also hoping to try to make some pumpkin seed butter as well.
A special treat I love making with pumpkin is a chocolate chip pumpkin bread, the combination of the chocolate and pumpkin is just right and it is one of my daughter’s favourites. Luckily, this recipe makes three loaves because it dissapears around here so fast!
This is my version, but here is another version on the Life Made Delicious gluten free site. Either way, both are a delicious way to enjoy pumpkin!
1 cup flax flour*
2 ¼ cups sorgham flour *
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon [I add more]
2 cups packed pumpkin puree
1 cup grape seed oil [or vegetable oil]
1 tsp salt
2 cups of sugar
2/3 cup of water
2 tsp gluten-free vanilla
¾ cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
*Note – If you don’t have the above flours, you can substitute all-purpose flour for the total amount – the texture will be a bit different.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Prepare 3 loaf pans
Measure and add all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl add the chocolate chips at this time as well, stir to blend. Add the wet ingredients [I combine wet ingredients together first].
Beat until well mixed, pour the batter into the loaf pans.
Bake for approximately 1 hour. [Will vary depending on your oven] – use a cake tester for doneness -should be golden in color, slightly darker around the edges.
October is a big month for General Mills, make sure to keep an eye out on the Life Made Delish FB page, there are a lot of fun things in store this month…may even see some spooky news in time for Halloween! 🙂
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