Despite all the recipes I've made with pumpkin, I'm not its biggest fan... I hold true to the statement I made almost exactly one year ago. While I'm neutral to pumpkin's flavor, I seem to like everything else that goes with it, like cinnamon, nutmeg,
But I know YOU like pumpkin, so I thought I'd make blondies for ya. These are chewy and sweet, nothing boring or dry here! In fact, these blondies are dense and rich just like typical blondies, except these are all-natural and actually good for you!
Hint: If you close your eyes, it feels like you're eating cinnamon rolls.
Maple Pumpkin Blondies with Pumpkin Pie Frosting: [low fat/sugar, high fiber, GF, vegan]
(makes 9 blondies)
497g (one 15oz can + 1/4 cup) 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
14g (1 tbs) Grapeseed Oil (or any other neutral oil)
1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
1/2 tsp Butter Extract
48g (1/3 cup) Pure Maple Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
160g (1 cup) Brown Rice Flour
120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
120g (1 cup) Powdered Erythritol
1/4 tsp Apple Pie Spice (or pumpkin pie spice, I just despise ginger)61g (1/4 cup) 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 9" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, oil, stevia, butter extract, maple sugar and cinnamon.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, oat flour, baking powder and salt. Dump into the wet ingredients and fold together (batter should be thick!), scoop batter into prepared pan and bake for ~44 minutes, or until surface is firm. Remove blondies from pan and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
4. For the frosting- In a small bowl, stir together the erythritol and apple pie spice. Top with the pumpkin and stir together. Frost the blondies once completely cool, refrigerate for 10 minutes to firm the icing, then slice and serve!
I told you that you can feel good about eating these blondies! Not only because they're full of healthy ingredients, but because they're nutritionally balanced with a moderate amount of fat, carbohydrate and protein while being packed full with fiber and low glycemic maple sugar.
I felt ZERO guilt eating two in a row! As you can see...
So good, these are a must make (along with these blondies!)
PS: Oh, and here's a puppy update:
As you can see, he's doing well :)
His face is SO SQUISHY!
I love how he lets us do this without getting annoyed.