We made this little spin off of our grandma’s Raisin Pumpkin Spice Bread to provide a dairy free, heart healthy recipe using almond flour and coconut sugar
Raisin Pumpkin Spice Bread
- 1-3/4 cup almond flour
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 15 oz pumpkin puree canned
- 4 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp almond milk or more if needed for consistency
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix together ingredients in large bowl and pour into greased baking dish.
- Bake for 60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool before slicing.
We made this little spin off of our grandma’s old pumpkin bread to provide a dairy free, heart healthy recipe using almond flour and coconut sugar so that it wouldn’t be off limits for any dietary restrictions. Almond flour is very popular in the gluten-free diet, as it’s high in protein, manganese, vitamin E, fiber, and monounsaturated fats. This flour can be used to replace wheat flour in a 1:1 ratio but just doesn’t have the same rise in baked goods without gluten.
Coconut sugar, made from the sap of the palm tree, is caramel-colored and tastes similar to brown sugar. While there isn’t’ any difference between coconut and white sugar in carbohydrate content, coconut sugar may have a lower glycemic index than white sugar. What does this main? It may provide a lower spike in blood sugar which can assist in providing more control for diabetes management.
Now let’s get to cinnamon. Cinnamon has hit several news stories lately, including CNN, to discuss its nutritional benefits. This nutrient is one that has been recognized throughout centuries for its medicinal properties, used by both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, cinnamon has provided relief for heartburn, indigestion, and nausea. In times since, cinnamon has proven to work well in managing type 2 diabetes glucose control, lower LDL cholesterol, act as an antimicrobial (fighting off viruses, fungi and bacterial elements). These same antioxidant properties can help improve vision by fighting off damaging radicals in the body.
Finally, pecans. Pecans are one of the most highly recommended tree nuts as they offer monounsaturated fats which improve digestion, help with weight loss, and reduce risk of certain cancers through their anti-inflammatory properties and immune system boosts. All in all, we think this Raisin Pumpkin Spice Bread recipe is a winner – it’s packed with so many incredible nutrients, grandma would be proud.