Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe with Almond Flour Substitute: YUM!

Carolyn Maul gluten free pumpkin bread recipe with almond flour substitute for Paleo Pumpkin Bread recipe

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe Uses Almond Flour Substitute For Moist Delicious Quick Bread

My name is Carolyn Maul and I will be doing post’s on Holly’s healthy food blog. Who doesn’t look forward to the “autumn” smell of fresh pumpkin bread wafting from the oven? It’s one of the comfort foods that comes to many of our kitchens this time of year. Unfortunately, it often accompanies the extra weight we tend to put on between now and January as well! Starting now, a lot more breads and sugary items get added to the menu. I’ve found that making little changes to the ingredients list of my quick breads like my Gluten Free Pumpkin bread recipe that uses almond flour substitute can decrease the glycemic impact and increase the protein content of these much loved breads.

How you ask? Why Does Carolyn Maul Substitute Almond Flour and What About My Almond Flour Bread Recipes?

The secret to lusciously moist, gluten free, dairy free pumpkin quick bread is high protein almond flour. I love to substitute almond flour for my moist and simple gluten free pumpkin bread recipe. It’s high in protein and good fats, easy to use, and most important of all, it tastes delicious. Almond meal comes from ground almonds and generally contains no other ingredients. The process typically uses sweet almonds and creates a coarser grain than that of flour. Almond meal typically comes from almonds that still have the skin (unblanched almonds), whereas almond flour uses blanched almonds with a finer grain.

Almond Flour Substitutes For Almond Flour Bread Recipes

Almond meal is a common substitute for wheat flour in baked goods, which is helpful for people following a diet low in carbohydrates, and higher in  fiber and protein, as you can see in the table below.

 Nutrition Info (100g) Protein Carbohydrates Glycemic Index Fiber
Almond Flour 21.94 g 19.44 g < 1 10.4 g
White Wheat Flour 9.71 g 76.22 g 71 2.4 g
Rice Flour 5.95 g 80.13 g 98 2.4 g

Almond flour is an optimal choice for my family because it’s far more nutritious than typical starchy gluten-free flours such as rice, corn, potato and tapioca. (An example of a Gluten Free Flour Mix for Quick Bread is 1.5 cups white rice flour, 1.5 cups sorghum flour, .5 cups tapioca starch, 4 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp xanthan gum).

My Recipe For Paleo Pumpkin Bread

And, here’s a little gluten free Pumpkin bread recipe you can try which can be made with roasted pumpkin or any type of roasted winter squash. Its a moist and healthy fall inspired bread for gluten free recipes

1 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon stevia
3  eggs

1.  Preheat oven 350 F. In food processor combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and spices
2. Add pumpkin, honey, stevia and eggs and pulse 2 minutes.
3. Scoop batter into mini loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray
4. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes.  Cool 1 hour

I Use Almond Flour Substitute For Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe But Not For Everyone

While almond flour works well for my family, it might not work for everyone. First of all, many people are allergic to nuts and so for them, almond flour would not be the right choice. We all have to decide what our dietary priorities are and then eat what is best for our own bodies. Remember, it is a personal choice and this is what I decided.

Easy Clean-up Loaf Pan for Quick Breads

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I can’t tell you how many times I have whipped up my quick breads like my Paleo Pumpkin Bread using these great silicon pans.

This anytime breakfast or snack melts in your mouth – and you will love how perfectly it comes out in this Silicone Loaf Pan.

Is Almond Flour Better For You?

Here are some facts I have come across on the health benefits of almond flour that have influenced my decision to experiment with replacing most of the wheat flour in my baking. I hope you will find this information helpful in making your decisions.

Almonds Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

*Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
*Researchers who studied data from the Nurses Health Study estimated that substituting nuts for an equivalent amount of carbohydrate in an average diet resulted in a 30% reduction in heart disease risk. Researchers calculated even more impressive risk reduction–45%–when fat from nuts was substituted for saturated fats (found primarily found in meat and dairy products).
*In addition to their cholesterol-lowering effects, almonds’ ability to reduce heart disease risk may also be partly due to the antioxidant action of the vitamin E found in the almonds, as well as to the LDL-lowering effect of almonds’ monounsaturated fats.

Almond Flour Nutrition

4. In addition to healthy fats and vitamin E, 1/4 cup almonds contains almost 99 mg of magnesium (that’s 24.7% of the daily value for this important mineral), plus 257 mg of potassium.
5. Almonds appear to not only decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar, but also provide antioxidants to mop up the smaller amounts of free radicals that still result.

Carolyn Maul Cookbook with 100 Recipes Now Available To Download
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Now Available for Download. If you like her blog posts, you’ll love her downloadable cookbook! If you liked Carolyn’s Paleo Pumpkin Bread, you’ll love all of my recipes.

The title says it all: Clean Simple Delicious by Carolyn Maul It is what you’ll find in this collection of 100 recipes that I’ve made for my family and friends over the years that have been big hits.

You can find out more about Carolyn Maul on her blog.


Bottom Line About Using Almond Flour Substitutes

Bottom line: for those of us watching our waistlines and our blood sugar, almond flour is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars.

Carolyn Maul

Carolyn Maul

Carolyn Maul is a Professional Life Coach. While she has a Masters degree in Nutrition and a dozen more certifications ranging from Executive Leadership Coach to Yoga Instructor, her real expertise lies in her ability to help you shift into a new paradigm of thinking. Positive thinking and healthy habits help you succeed in all areas of your life. Carolyn works individuallywith clients who are ready to take consistent, daily, and inspired actions with their goals and desires in mind.
But most importantly, Carolyn is one of the most enthusiastic and happy people you will ever meet! She is a go-getter and loves a challenge! It is Carolyn’s belief that through serving others she is becoming her best self.
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