Focus on Fruits and Veggies!

Throughout the year, CMF CURO offers curated health courses and challenges to help members focus on various aspects of their health and wellbeing. For CMF CURO Members, the third trimester of the year has officially begun! While the trimester as a whole runs until January, from now until November 7th members can log on to their member portal and submit their daily fruits and veggie servings under the “Challenge” tab. By completing this challenge, members can earn a raffle entry for a chance to win a $500 visa gift card.

To help with your healthy fruits and veggie’s challenge, here is a recipe for Pumpkin Bread[1]. Did you know pumpkin is considered a fruit? This recipe is delicious and naturally gluten free and dairy free.

Healthy festive pumpkin loaf

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pumpkin Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ginger (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Tad of salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Gluten free flour for dusting*

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 350 ℉. Spray and flour (using the gluten free flour) a loaf pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, pumpkin, honey/or maple syrup, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Whisk until smooth.
  • Transfer the batter to the loaf pan (I used a beautifully decorated pan from Nordic Ware. To make sure the bread doesn’t stick to the pan, it’s essential you lightly flour the pan).
  • Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes, until a toothpick tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and place a clean dishtowel on top for about 10 minutes to help loosen it from pan.
  • Let cool for another 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Enjoy (in moderation) this festive fall loaf! You can find the wonderful loaf pan I used here at Williams Sonoma.


[1] Inspired by recipe by Nicole Spiridakis in cookbook flourless.

Rebecca is the Health Coach and Community Specialist for CMF CURO. She is a certified health coach through the American Council on Exercise with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Theology. Prior to CURO, she worked as a teacher and the Director of a student formation and leadership program at a Catholic High School. She is excited to bring her understanding of the human person, passion for ministry, and desire to walk with others in relational ministry to CMF CURO.