Paleo Spiced Pumpkin Loaf

We’re nearing the end of October and soon enough we will be in Christmas shopping mode. 

I love Christmas. I just love holidays in general (halloween is my favourite, although not a holiday per se, but it’s still a fun day of celebration!). Family, food, connection and my crazy, wild, fearless nieces. Gosh I love them!

I don’t have kids of my own but feel like my nieces are close enough to being my own. 

They are incredibly funny, creative and full of amazing possibility. Watching them develop into bright and beautiful young girls is incredibly rewarding. 

The other day, my one niece said to me, “Auntie Sammy, I want to eat healthy like you!”

Oh my! That was music to my ears! A 6 year old wanting to eat healthy like me? 

Let’s just say when I had her help me make spinach and almond patties and roll the gooey dough in her hands, she wasn’t so thrilled to try them. She did however help me make them and was thrilled to have her hands covered in green goop! 

That’s good enough for me. I know it can be difficult getting kids to eat well and try green looking foods. I often tell them the green foods are “shrek” foods and sometimes, that seems to work. 

Which brings me to my pumpkin loaf. And basically anything I’ve ever baked before. My nieces have eaten every last of my baking crumbs, never questioning what it is or how it’s made. It looks good, sweet and chocolatey, so they eat it!

As much as I don’t want them indulging in sugar regularly (which is not really my choice since I’m not their parent), letting them enjoy my gluten free and dairy free treats every so often is a-ok in my books. Plus, educating my brother and sister in law on healthy ingredients and teaching them how they can health-ify just about any treat is good enough for me! 

When we know better, we do better and every opportunity that comes my way to educate my friends, family and clients on nutrition, I’ll take it! 

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So, let’s get to this delicious Paleo Spiced Pumpkin Loaf. Why paleo? Because it’s free of processed flours, is gluten free, dairy free and full of pure goodness. 

It’s a great holiday treat to whip up and bring to an upcoming party or event, or just make for your family and enjoy with your kids (whom I know will enjoy!). 


Paleo Spiced Pumpkin Loaf
Serves 6
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  1. 1 cup fine-ground blanched almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  9. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  10. 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  11. 3 tablespoons almond or coconut milk
  12. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ground vanilla bean
  13. 4 large eggs
  14. 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine the flours, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and coconut sugar in the bowl of a large food processor.
  3. Pulse 10 times or until mixed. Then, add the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, milk, vanilla, and eggs and process for 30 seconds or until combined. Scrape down the sides and process again if needed. Add in chocolate chips and pulse to incorporate into mixture.
  4. Use a rubber spatula to transfer the mixture to the lined loaf pan. Bake for 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Use a knife to loosen the bread from the sides of the pan. Remove the loaf from the pan by lifting the parchment paper. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
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Crispy TWIX bars & Gluten Free Avocado Chocolate Chip Muffins! Simple and Delicious Halloween Goodies!

Halloween is upon us! If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll notice all my Halloween pics and pumpkin postings! I just can’t get enough! Halloween comes once a year and I say embrace it! No matter what your age is! Today’s recipes are perfect goodies for Halloween, sure to please the whole family! Enjoy!

Homemade Crispy Twix Bars (courtesy of super awesome foodie blog! A BIG thank you to Angela for coming up with such delicious goodness!)

Yield: ~16-18 bars

For the crust:
1 & 1/4 cup GF crispy rice cereal (Nature’s Path)
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
2 tbsp peanut butter*
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of fine grain sea salt

For the date caramel: (adapted from Homemade Rolos)
200-210 grams pitted soft Medjool dates (about 1 & 1/4 cup pitted dates)
1 tbsp peanut butter*
1 tbsp almond milk, or more if needed
pinch of fine grain sea salt

For the chocolate coating:
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)


1. Line an 8-inch pan with two pieces of parchment paper. In a small pot, add the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla. Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until combined. Add pinch of salt. Pour into a large bowl with rice crisp and stir well.

2. Scoop the rice crisp mixture into pan. Wet hands slightly and then spread the mixture evenly and press down firmly until smooth. Place in freezer while you make the date caramel.

3. Soak dates in water until soft (only if necessary) and drain. Place pitted dates, peanut butter, milk, and salt in the food processor and process until almost smooth and a big ball forms.

4. Spread caramel layer over top of the crust until it’s as smooth and even as you can get it. Place back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set.

5. Melt the chocolate and optional coconut oil in a small pot over low heat. When 2/3 of the chips are melted, remove from heat and stir until smooth. Spread chocolate on top of the caramel and place in the freezer for about 3 minutes only.

6. Remove from freezer (chocolate should be slightly firm, but not completely set) and slice into rows and then in half. Freeze again until set for about 10 minutes. Store in fridge or freezer.

Substitution Notes: 1) The brown rice syrup can probably be subbed for honey (if you include honey in your diet). Agave won’t hold together as well since it’s not as “tacky”, but it will hold together when kept in the freezer. It will fall apart at room temperature though. 2) You can sub peanut butter for sunflower seed butter or almond butter.

Avocado Chocolate Chip Muffins
Yes….I said Avocado! I know we’ve been down this road before and I haven’t failed you yet! You get a heart healthy dose of fat in these muffins and you wouldn’t even know it!

1 3/4 cup Gluten Free all purpose flour
1/4 cup sucanat
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 large eggs
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 ripe avocado, peeled and mashed
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 count muffin tin with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, sucanat, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, coconut oil, avocado, banana and vanilla. Add flour to mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake for 25 minutes.

What to do with all those Pumpkin Seeds? Roast them! Sweet, Salty or Spicy? I’ve got you covered! View my recipes here! Plus, try my Spicy Coconut Pumpkin Soup recipe!


Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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