The Holistic Mom: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin season is here and don’t lie - you love it too.

But, did you know pumpkin is actually really good for you? (sadly, this does not include Pumpkin JoJos from Trader Joe’s)

Pumpkin is high in fiber, which we all know is important to keep things moving and promotes a healthy weight. It also has important heart healthy nutrients like potassium and vitamin C. It has a high content of vitamin A which helps your eyesight and healthy skin! What’s not to love?

Here’s one of my fave pumpkin recipes that I make every year:

Pumpkin Bread

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour (I like Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free) 1.5 tsp coconut flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2 eggs 1 cup coconut sugar OR 1/2 c maple syrup 1 cup pumpkin purée (I like organic TJ's brand) 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup coconut oil melted

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Optional- cranberries, chocolate chips or nuts

Preheat oven to 350

Line loaf pan with parchment paper

Mix all dry ingredients together

Beat 2 eggs, add to dry ingredients

Mix in all wet ingredients, can add water if batter is too thick

Pour batter into pan and cook for 1 hour

Jessica Crystal is an RN, BSN with a degree from the University of Delaware, a holistic health coach certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a mom to a busy toddler, Emma. She enjoys yoga, reading, and shopping and eating on Washington Street. To learn more, visit her blog