We’re getting in the holiday spirit! With friends and family visiting, it’s always nice to have healthy and delicious recipes that fit everyone’s diet. This Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake is Gluten Free, Paleo, and would probably taste good without any sugar added. Our family isn’t gluten free, but we love to eat healthy desserts. And, this is the kind of cake that we can eat in one night and not feel too bad about it.
I first learned about this cake from my aunt Julie. She tries to stay away from gluten, which I had forgotten before she came to visit us last month. Pretty much everything in my house has gluten in it. I felt so bad! Good thing Julie is a sweetheart and decided to cook up something we could all enjoy!
You would never guess by the taste that this doesn’t have flour in it. It really puffs up like a cake and is nice and moist. Because of the low sugar content, I’ve served this for breakfast too.
Healthy Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake
Recipe modified from Be Better, Period.
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
3/4 Cup Almond Butter (I used Adam’s All Natural Peanut Butter because Almond Butter is expensive!)
2 Tablespoons Honey (use more if your aren’t adding Chocolate Chips)
2 Large Eggs
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
Handful of Chocolate or Cacao Chips (Optional)
I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and enlisted a helper to mix all the ingredients in. Here’s how we did things:
Pumpkin was first in the bowl.
Next came the eggs and vanilla.
The peanut butter went in after that. Emma wasn’t sure about peanut butter and pumpkin tasting good together, but this cake is now a regular request.
Finally the dry ingredients and spices went in.
Time to mix it all up!
I greased my 8×8 pan with a little butter, poured the batter in and topped it with a handful of chocolate chips. It cooked for 25-30 minutes and then suddenly it disappeared before my very eyes!
So, if you’re hosting for friends or family and aren’t sure about your guests’ diets, mix up this quick and easy Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake and everyone will be very pleased!
Are you gluten free or paleo? If you have any recipe suggestions, I would love to hear about them in the comments!