I don’t know what it is about this time of year (the chillier temps, shorter days or insane produce in season, perhaps) but it gets me in the mood to bake.
I’m not typically a baker the rest of the year (in fact it’s something I tend to do minimally in the kitchen) but this fall it’s GAME ON — especially with all things pumpkin.
Enter in this Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. It took me quite a few attempts to get the taste down — but in the end it was all worth it because it is seriously LEGIT. It’s decadent and (for lack of a better word) incredibly moist. Rich enough to satisfy a sweet craving — but nutrient-dense enough to double as breakfast. Baking it will also replace any need to purchase a pumpkin-spiced candle this year, so you’re welcome ;).
Read below for more details on the hormone-healthy ingredients as well as tips and swaps you can make to tailor this recipe exactly to your needs. Happy fall y’all!
To make this gluten-free pumpkin dark chocolate chip bread as hormone-healthy as possible, try eating it smeared with a little grass-fed vanilla bean ghee or creamy nut butter and flaky sea salt. The addition of the healthy fats works to keep blood sugar balanced (super important for hormones!) not to mention it tastes amazing!
Dark chocolate happens to be an amazing source of magnesium, making it ideal to consume before or during your period to help ease menstrual cramps. Make sure to choose a brand without inflammatory ingredients like refined sugar or emulsifiers that can mess with your gut and hormones as a result. This is my absolute fave clean dark chocolate option, use code LAUREN to save 15%.
Numerous studies have linked cinnamon to better blood sugar balance and lower insulin resistance, which is a crucial pillar of hormone balance.
Coconut oil contains healthy fats (medium-chain triglycerides aka MCT’s) which is needed for optimal sex hormone production.
Flaxseeds are rich in phytoestrogens that work to balance overall estrogen levels, helping increase and decrease estrogen as needed. Optimal estrogen levels are then able to effectively regulate other important hormones (such as follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) necessary for ovulation in order to conceive) and ensure a healthy menstrual cycle.
Not vegan or into flax eggs? Simply swap the mixture for 2 large, pasture-raised eggs.
If you wanna leave out the dark chocolate chips, feel free to!
+ If buying canned pumpkin puree, make sure it’s BPA free
+ Use dark chocolate without refined sugars or emulsifiers (I love this brand, use code LAUREN to save 15%)
+ Make sure to use unsweetened nut or oat milk to cut down on added sugars
+ Especially great to consume during your luteal phase (the week or so before your period) as a healthier way to satisfy sweet cravings
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This gluten-free pumpkin chocolate chip bread is SO delicious no-one will know it’s naturally vegan, paleo and healthy!
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: dessert, breakfast, snack
See swap ideas above if looking for alternative ingredient approaches!
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