Nikki Yelton is an Integrative & Functional Medicine Registered Dietitian Nutritionist serving clients worldwide. She offers a personalized functional medicine approach to helping women with GI distress and autoimmune conditions to get to the root cause of the symptoms holding them back so that they can start living the extraordinary life they dream of with more energy, purpose, and joy!
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You can enjoy delicious and comforting pumpkin spice goodies WITHOUT the gut and autoimmune triggers. Exhibit A— this absolutely scrumptious Pumpkin Spice Loaf.
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Are you a pumpkin spice lover? If so, then boy do I have something tasty for you…
I have to admit, I’m a huge sucker for those warm autumn flavors, especially in my sweet treats. There’s something about pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside once the first day of Fall hits.
It’s a midafternoon autumn day. You see kids (or pups) bouncing around on the crunchy leaves outside your open window. The breeze is just crisp enough for a chunky sweater, without having too much chill in the air. A warm scented candle (non-toxic, of course 😉) burns on your kitchen counter as cozy music plays in the background— something folksy (like Harvest Moon by Neil Young, perhaps).
And, you have something delicious baking in the oven…
Can’t you almost smell the pumpkin spice as you read this?
There’s a reason pumpkin spice is a craze that returns just as strong each year. The flavor epitomizes those comforting fall feelings that warm the soul.
If you’ve been on a health journey, you may think you have to avoid all those autumn themed sweet treats in order to “stay on track”. And potentially, miss out on the true fall experience.
But that, my friend, is just not the case…
You can enjoy delicious and comforting pumpkin spice goodies WITHOUT the gut and autoimmune triggers.
Exhibit A— this absolutely scrumptious and healthy Pumpkin Spice Loaf.
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Lightly grease a loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.
2. In a food processor, combine your eggs, sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, coconut oil and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. (Note: You can also mix by hand if you prefer.)
3. Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, ginger and sea salt. Blend again until smooth.
4. Transfer the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. (You can test if it is done by inserting a toothpick. It will come out clean when the loaf is finished.)
5. Remove the loaf from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool entirely before slicing. Enjoy!
Leftovers: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to five days. If not eating right away, wrap and store in the freezer for up to two months.
Muffins: Bake in a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan. Baking time will decrease to 30 to 40 minutes.
Make it sweet: Stir in a handful of dark chocolate chips to the batter before baking.
"When it comes to balancing our body, healing the gut, reversing autoimmunity, and achieving optimal health—we are a lot like a car that won’t run right. In order to fix the problem once and for all instead of relying on jumper cables, we must get underneath the hood, run the diagnostics, and replace the battery so that it runs good as new."
-Nikki Yelton, RD
a note from nikki:
If you are ready to stop wasting precious time, get off the never-ending hamster wheel, and finally surrender trying to figure things out on your own—this is your moment.
You don’t have to settle for just getting by and hoping tomorrow is a better day. We both know you are a woman who deserves better and are made for so. much. more.
are you ready?
Ready to resolve your GI distress, reverse autoimmunity, and live your extraordinary life?