You know how the malls start putting up Christmas decorations in like September and you’re all, “What the hell? It’s too early for Christmas decorations.” That’s me right now with these Paleo Pumpkin Pie Blondies. You’re saying, “What the hell? Pumpkin? But it’s only July, it’s too early for Fall recipes.” I know. But you know how impatient I am, I just can’t wait any longer for pumpkin flavored everything! I’m like Nordstrom where they release the upcoming style trends for the following season months early. So you see winter coats in July and bathing suits in January. I’m trying to run a legit operation like that, keeping you guys in the Paleo Food know with all the hot and upcoming trends! What? Too diva?
I always OD on pumpkin during Fall. So much so that from January-June, I absolutely despise Pumpkin. It literally makes me gag. Then, lo and behold, as soon as July comes I’m like, “So when can we start eating pumpkin flavored everything again?” Just wait until Fall. You guys didn’t know me last Fall so you have no idea what you’re in store for pumpkin wise. I already have like 4 pumpkin recipes in my head just WAITING to be unleashed on you! All in good time. Trust me.
So have you guys tried the You Fresh Naturals Coco-Nut Butters? They are RIDICULOUS. Like so good they should come with a warning label and a lock and key because you’ll want to eat the whole jar in one sitting. Seriously, it could happen. Coco-Nut Butter is a mix of coconut butter and almond butter, you get the best of both worlds! They have two flavors, Cookie Dough and Maple Vanilla. The Cookie Dough one is my favorite! Duh, like that’s a big shocker. Seriously I would literally have to pry the jar out of my hand so that I wouldn’t eat the entire thing. I knew I wanted to use some to make my Pumpkin Pie Blondies recipe but the jar didn’t last that long. I had to get two more! Another great thing is You Fresh Naturals ships internationally! So all of you can get it, no excuses. Seriously, order some jars of this stuff if you want to really impress your taste buds. If you have any left over go make this recipe.
Paleo Pumpkin Pie Blondies
*Makes 9 servings
3 organic cage-free eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (or grass-fed butter)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup You Fresh Naturals Coco-Nut Butter, Cookie Dough Flavor
2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup blanched almond four, sifted
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
pinch of ground cloves
1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 square glass pan.
2. In a large bowl, using a whisk, mix together the wet ingredients: eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Then mix in the You Fresh Naturals Coco-nut Butter, the creamy almond butter, and the pumpkin. Stir together until everything is combined and you have a thick pumpkin soup looking mixture. Set aside.
3. In a medium sized bowl, use a fork to mix together the dry ingredients: sifted almond flour, coconut palm sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, sea salt and cloves.
4. Now mix your dry ingredients into the wet mixture and combine. Pour blondie batter into the glass dish and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for at least 20 minutes. Cut and serve.
Here is where you could get super creative and customize this recipe! You could add chocolate chips to the batter, raisins, pecans, walnuts, anything your little pumpkin pie blondie eating heart desires! I kept mine plain for all my weirdos out there (non-chocolate eaters). And also because I hate any kind of nuts in my cookies and brownies, or in this case blondies. I know, you might as well throw me in with the weirdos. But seriously, you could add so many fun twists and turns to this recipe, even bacon pieces would be yum to throw in!
Are you guys getting as excited for Fall to come as I am? I know summer just started and all, and trust me it’s been great, but I want PUMPKIN flavored everything already! I want scarves, and boots, and chilly mornings. I want warm drinks on the sofa wrapped in blankets watching movies. This will hopefully hold us over until then. Hopefully. Until then, back to the beach
So how was your week? Mine was awesome! I took a quick trip up north to Santa Cruz to go zip-lining for the first time. It was the coolest thing ever! Then I got to go out to a few great dinners with some amazing friends as well. One place I went to had this awesome gluten-free menu, like the best I’ve ever seen. They even had paninis, bruschetta, and a whole list of crazy things that should be gluten filled but weren’t. They even had a flour-less chocolate cake. Eek! It was so nice to see such a large gluten-free menu with so many choices! I hate when you go somewhere and ask for the gluten-free menu and they have like salad and eggs listed. Really? Ugh.
Speaking of gluten-free, guess who had gluten on purpose this week while in Santa Cruz? Me. Don’t judge until you hear my story. I had *gasp* beer. Oh my it was so good. Before I went Paleo(ish) I was a huge beer drinker. I just love the stuff. Like with a passion. It’s probably my number one thing that I wish was Paleo. My favorite place to get a cold one is this little pub in Santa Cruz called 99 Bottles of Beer. They have 99 different kinds of beer available and each is assigned a number. You get a stamp card to sign off each number and once you’ve stamped all 99 you get a t-shirt and a plaque on the wall with you name, date, and a personal quote! I was on number 67 before I stopped drinking beer. So of course, if I’m in Santa Cruz I have to get a stamp (or two). I have to people! It’s on my bucket list. It’s also hard living in San Diego, the home of craft beer heaven. So sometimes I fall off the gluten-free wagon and indulge in some good beer. Then it’s right back to Paleo(ish). What do you guys indulge in on occasion that’s not exactly Paleo? Something?…Anything?…Bueller?