As I stated in a previous post I have started to order vegetable boxes from RIPE, they sell seasonal, organic, local produce in the UAE. Inside the box , on this particular occasion was some glowing orange pumpkin. So, I thought to myself “bet they would taste scrumptious in the form of a brownie”. They have a sweet taste and similar consistency to sweet potatoes too. Sweet potatoe brownies worked, so pumpkin brownies will work too, I figured. Pumpkin is also great in pancakes, breads and pumpkin porridge with some nut butter.
What is so great about Pumpkins?
According to Grotto (2001) the word pumpkin comes from the greek term “pepon”, or “big melon”. The squash, cantaloupe melon and cucumber are related to the pumpkin. Who knew. Pumpkins can be considered for their carving and canning properties. Canning pumpkins are better for baking so varieties like “pie pumpkin”, or “sweet pumpkin”. Pumpkins come in many different colours too like white, australian blue and a red variety.
Grotto (2001:267) highlights the nutritional benefits of pumpkin in the diet as follows:
“Good fibre source, potassium, selenium, vitamin A, beta carotene, alpha carotene, beta cryptoxanthin and lutein”.
Finally, lets not forget the delicious pumpkin seeds which are a good source of omega 3 and taste great toasted in a salad.
322 g Pumpkin Puree
2 Free Range Eggs (use chia seeds if you want an egg free option)
2 tsp. Vanilla Powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
½ cup Coconut Sugar
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp. Baking soda
2-3 tbsp. Raw Cacao
1/4 cup Walnuts (break them into smaller pieces)
4 tbsp. Coconut Flour
- Prepare Pumpkin Puree
- In a mixing bowl pop pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut sugar, coconut oil, baking soda, cacao powder, walnuts and coconut flour. Stir all ingredients until they are combined.
- Grease a square baking tray; pop in the oven 175 degrees for 25-30 minutes, they should be firm but gooey in the middle when baked.
- Allow to cool, cut into squares.
I decorated mine with coconut butter and crushed walnuts. I melted some biona coconut cream (half the block), added 1/2 tsp. cacao powder and drizzled it over the brownies with crushed walnuts on top.
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- Grotto. D, RD, LDN. (2001) 101 Foods that could save your life. Bantam Books. New York.