Grain Free Low Carb Apple Carrot Muffins
I love my pumpkin pie, but I am determined this year to not have regrets about what I ate over the holidays! How many times do I need to learn that the recovery time is not really worth the few bites of gluten laden decadence? For those of you looking for a delicious alternative to feeling regret, read on! I started with a real pumpkin because my CSA gives them to me! But working with canned pumpkin is just fine too. The only thing is you won't have the yummy roasted pumpkin seeds to snack on while you are waiting for the pie to cool!
Start by baking a pumpkin, if that's your plan.
Scoop out the guts and seeds of the pumpkin.
Bake face down on a sheet pan at 350 degrees until soft. Let cool before scooping the flesh out of the shell into a measuring cup.
Meanwhile, separate the pumpkin guts from the pumpkin seeds. Rinse the seeds and roast with a little oil (I used delicious, nutritious coconut oil which I got here) until you hear popping sounds coming from the oven. They should be crunchy and irresistible, especially with good salt. Pumpkin seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. Known to be a good source of minerals including zinc and magnesium as well as protein and essential fatty acids. Research suggests they are useful for prostate health, bone density, parasites, arthritis and healthy blood lipids. Find out more here.
In a food processor make the crust:
3/4 cup raw pecans or pumpkin seeds (grind ‘em up real good in the food processor)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 tsp good salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 free range egg
Process dry stuff, add the coconut oil and process. Then add egg and pulse until it comes together. It will be sticky.
Press into a pie plate or tart pan. Freeze for 15-20 minutes, then bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees until lightly browned.
Next mix up the filling in the food processor:
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (or less)
1/2 tsp good salt
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
pinch of cayenne
pinch of ground cloves
1 can coconut milk (not LITE)
Blend everything together until it is a smooth puree. Pour into partially baked pie crust. Tap to release bubbles.
Bake 45-55 minutes at 325. Be sure to let it cool before you serve it.
Delicious ending to a healthy fall meal, but honestly it makes a darn good breakfast too!