Pumpkin season is in full swing and I’m so excited to add a new recipe to my roster of delicious pumpkin treats, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf! We know that pumpkin pairs beautifully with cinnamon, ginger, and other warm spices you might find in your classic pumpkin pie. But have you ever paired pumpkin with chocolate?
This delicious combination of pumpkin and chocolate is about to become your new favourite.
I know it’s one of mine! I love pumpkin so much during the fall and this sweet combination gives my recipes a contemporary twist. When you’re eating pumpkin every other day, you’ve got to keep things interesting. I will say, this loaf has an interesting texture because it is gluten-free and high in protein from lots of eggs. Almost like a quiche but in a good way.
My Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf will give your go-to banana bread a run for its money.
This loaf is the perfect one to make during the fall when we’re craving all of those yummy spices and fall flavours. One of my favourite things about this recipe is that it’s gluten-free and only takes 15 minutes of prep! If you’re looking to retire your banana and zucchini bread for a season, this loaf is the perfect replacement! Get the full recipe below!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Did you know national pumpkin day is October 26th? There are literally hundreds of pumpkin varieties grown worldwide, but the variety we usually bake with is called sugar pumpkin or pie pumpkin. Here are some of the health benefits of pumpkins:
- Support eye health and sharpen your vision due to the high concentration of vitamin A
- Keep you feeling full for longer and keep your digestive tract happy due to fibre content
- Boost the immune system so you can avoid cold and flu season due to high amounts of vitamin C
- Helps you sleep like a baby because of the phytonutrient tryptophan
Health Benefits of Coconut
Coconut oil is used to help make this cake moist and delicious! Coconut is a super healthy superfood with numerous awesome health benefits!
- Coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides (MTC) which help with weight loss and energy levels
- The healthy fats found in coconut are great for boosting the immune system because they have antibacterial and antiviral properties
- High in manganese which is great for bone health
Can’t Get Enough Pumpkin? Try My Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cooking Class!
October is nothing without its mascot vegetable, pumpkins! I’m so excited to help you find more delicious and creative ways to get your pumpkin fix! This cooking class focuses on bringing pumpkins into your breakfast menu. My Pumpkin Spice Muffins are a quick grab-and-go breakfast that will warm you right up and fuel your day! A combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and maple syrup give these Pumpkin Spice Muffins their warm, autumn-y flavour. We’ll also be making my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie! We’ll make this quick and easy breakfast together step by step. If you ever wished you could eat dessert for breakfast here’s your chance. This healthy smoothie is a twist on your average pumpkin pie, but with the classic and familiar flavour of everyone’s favourite fall dessert.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 40 – 45 minutes| Serving size: one loaf
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- In a large bowl throw everything in except the chocolate chips and eggs.
- Use a hand mixer and whip it up until combined. I find with GF baking if you want whatever it is you’re making to rise then a hand mixer is going to be your new best friend.
- Crack eggs into a second bowl and whip until frothy.
- Once your eggs are nice and airy, add them to your pumpkin mixture and give it a good once more around the bowl with your hand mixer.
- Fold in ½ cup chocolate chips.
- Scoop the batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and top with ¼ cup chocolate chips, and a little more cinnamon.
- Bake the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf for about 45 minutes or until a knife when put into the centre of the bread comes out clean.
I created this recipe with my kids in mind so I added mini chocolate chips. For a more sophisticated gluten-free pumpkin loaf, swap the chocolate chips for walnuts or raisins. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, use 2 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, and ½ tsp nutmeg.
This Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf recipe was adapted from a recipe that Alexis Nilsen created for one of my cookbooks. In the end, I didn’t end up creating a Healthy Breakfast Cookbook so I decided to update her recipe and share it here. Alexis Nilsen is the mastermind behind Cow Crumbs and she is here to prove that there’s more to “gluten-free” than cardboard food. Check out her website for yummy gluten-free recipes.
Gluten-Free Recipe Roundup
Lots of people go gluten-free for many reasons. Maybe because of a serious allergy like Celiac Disease, maybe because gluten products make them feel bloated, or maybe because they’re trying to reduce inflammation in the body. Whatever the reason may be, so many people are adopting a gluten-free lifestyle and gluten-free foods are absolutely everywhere. Here I’ve rounded up more of my favourite gluten-free recipes so if you’re living gluten-free or you just feel like dabbling, I’ve got you covered!
This yummy gluten-free cornbread is the perfect accompaniment for your warm bowl of soup or chili on a cool night. I also love this bread as a snack with a cup of tea. It is super simple to make and practically foolproof. The recipe was created by Andrea Kmecza for my Healthy Homemade Soups and Sandwiches Cookbook. It’s also dairy free, nut free, and only takes 5 minutes of prep!
Gluten-Free Latkes Recipe
Gluten-Free Latkes are a yummy treat you can enjoy during your Hanukkah celebration or any time of the year. If you have never tried latkes before you are in for a treat! Gluten-Free Latkes are golden and crispy on the outside with a warm soft centre. They are made with shredded potato, grated onion and bound with rice flour and eggs. Traditionally latkes are enjoyed with apple sauce and sour cream, but I have created a dairy free garlic cream sauce that goes really well with them too!
Gluten-free Asparagus Leek Quiche with Quinoa Crust
My Gluten-free Asparagus Leek Quiche is a fantastic recipe for brunch. It is perfect for all sorts of guests because it is gluten-free and dairy-free too. I love the fresh crunch of asparagus, and the subtle sweet onion flavour that pairs wonderfully with the eggs in this recipe. With only 30 minutes of prep, this recipe will wow all of your brunch guests! This recipe also makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner!
Dairy-Free Rainbow Cheesecake
I created this dairy-free cheesecake because I love healthy desserts that are actually good for you and taste awesome. This vibrant medley of berries and fruit will leave you feeling satisfied and full of energy. Dairy-Free Rainbow Cheesecake is high in protein, fibre and healthy fats. Don’t let the long directions scare you, the active prep time is only 20 minutes!
Pecan Apple Crisp
This gluten-free, vegan Pecan Apple Crisp will become your family’s new favourite after just one bite! It’s fall and that means making the most of fall’s star fruit – apples! This Pecan Apple Crisp is a healthy delicious excuse to buy bags and bags of apples this season. It’s a twist on your traditional crisp because it’s made with nutty pecans in the topping for some extra indulgence and flavour. This crisp is addictive, and it’s the perfect inclusive treat to have on hand for guests as we get into the holiday season.
Zucchini Pasta with Tomato and Mushroom Sauce
Zucchini Pasta with Tomato and Mushroom Sauce is a delicious light lunch or dinner. It is a quick and easy meal to prepare that is high in nutrients and loaded with flavour. It’s gluten-free, vegan, grain-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. Not only is this recipe inclusive, but it is packed with vegetables and loads of nutrition, plus it’s quick and easy to make! You’ll have dinner on the table in just 40 minutes!