I’ve been craving for everything pumpkin lately. Unfortunately, much of what’s available in the stores my body is not happy with. Yet I don’t really want to do the whole project of making the crust and pumpkin filling all from scratch. Had to pick up some nights at work, and I’ve been having a hard time adjusting to the whole vampire-sleep-at-daytime deal. Oh well…..luckily, it’s only temporary. Phew! Sorry guys, that’s why I haven’t been able to blog lately….but today I’m energized, and I’m gonna do two recipes to make up for the one week I missed!
So, first up is this wonderful 5 ingredient pumpkin brownie! As I drastically reduced my intake of anything with refined flour, refined sugar and dairy (and my body has been happy for it!), this is the perfect lazy girl healthy recipe for me! It contains almond butter, mashed pumpkin pie, an egg, maple syrup and baking soda. I know what you’re thinking: that’s a strange combo–how is it gonna turn out? Well, this recipe is amazing! It’s wonderfully moist and cake-like. And yeah, it’s not really a ‘brownie’, thought you could add cocoa powder or dark chocolate chips to make it so. Speaking of add ons, you can jazz up this recipe in so many different ways. You can replace the almond butter with any other nut or see butter–tahini (sesame see butter), cashew butter and yeah, even peanut butter if you don’t have any issues with it. By the way, do you know that peanuts are actually not nuts, but legumes? Yep! They are beans. Here’s a good reading for you with regards to peanuts: here and here. You may also substitute the pumpkin pie with sweet potatoes or plantains. You can add any nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruits, etc. And the topping? Let’s see…whipped coconut cream like I used here, chocolate ganache, apple pie (or any fruit) filling, nuts, etc. etc. Here’s how you make whipped coconut cream. And here’s how I make it the lazy way: go to Trader Joe’s and grab a can of their coconut cream. All you need is a fork and a bowl. Give it a few whips, put a dollop in the ‘brownie’, sprinkle with cinnamon and call it a day. It may not be as pretty, but it’s as delicious!
- 1 cup almond butter (or or choice of any nut or seed butter)
- 1 cup mashed pumpkin (or sweet potatoes or ripened plantains)
- 1 pasture-raised egg
- ⅓ cup raw honey (or 100% maple syrup to keep vegan)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Into a greased 8x8 in pan, Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Note: May add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, craisins, etc. to the batter if desired. Toppings can include any of the following: whipped coconut cream, chocolate ganache, any pie filling, nuts, or just eat as is. Yummy!