If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I believe you should have your cake and eat it too!
That’s why one of my favorite things to do as a registered dietitian is develop healthy sweet treats with a TWIST! This means many of our Dietitians of Palm Valley sweet tooth recipes won’t have refined flours, added sugars, or other crazy that aren’t quite the most nutritious options.
And don’t get it twisted… I believe all foods can fit into a balanced diet! BUT if you’re like me, I want to have sweet treats more than a few times a week. This is why I was inspired to create this pumpkin treat with NO ADDED SUGARS in honor of my previous blog post “Curbing Your Sugar Addiction” available here.
If you haven’t checked out the post, in summary we discuss sugar addiction, how to know if you’re consuming too many added sugars in your diet, and what foods you should aim to avoid. You don’t need me to remind you… but high added sugar intake has been linked to everything from dental cavities, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions.
But let me clarify; it’s not that sugar or added sugar is the devil. It’s the idea that our nation tends to emphasize processed foods that are high in added sugars and low in key nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. No one food is the culprit… it’s our CULTURE! This is why our passion is to promote HEALTHY foods that still TASTE GOOD and that are so delicious you could even substitute them for the REAL DAMN THING!
On that note… these blondies are so damn DELICIOUS I could seriously eat the entire batch in 5 minutes as I’m writing this post. Not only do I substitute refined sugar for a sugar alternative called Swerve Sweetener… but these pumpkin blondies actually bolster some AMAZING nutritious, whole foods in them like pumpkin, oats, and peanut butter. Plus did you ever have a dessert that provides a significant source of FIBER to your day!? Your gut will thank us later. And here’s how to make them!
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (REMEMBER only ingredient is pumpkin)
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal (ground up in a blender)
- 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 tbsp Swerve sweetener
- Handful of Target brand organic, dark chocolate chips (I probably used ½ cup total)
- Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- Grease a non-stick baking dish.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, except the dark chocolate chips.
- Blend in some of the dark chocolate chips to your liking.
- Pour batter into baking dish, then top with additional chocolate chips.
- Cook for ~25 minutes!