Gluten-Free Pumpkin Squares

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These pumpkin squares taste just like pumpkin pie without the hassle of making an entire pie and are much healthier.  They came out perfectly moist and are not overbearingly sweet. They’re also super easy to make and require little clean up.  Now, let’s get to the good part!

This recipe was adapted from Spoonful of Sugar Free’s Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie Bars with Creamy Frosting

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut sugar

3/4 cup coconut flour

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or you can use a combination of cinnamon, ginger and a dash of nutmeg)

3/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9X9 inch baking dish and set aside (I used coconut oil spray).  Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.  Transfer mixture to greased baking pan and smooth off the top. Place in oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes.  Your pumpkin squares should be done when the edges are brown and the middle is firm.  Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.  You can eat them alone or add a frosting of your choice. Enjoy!

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My Morning Green Smoothie

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My absolute favorite way to start my mornings is with a fresh, green smoothie.  It doesn’t always happen, but when it does I feel amazing, invigorated, light, full of energy… you get the idea.  And my day automatically starts off on a good note.

Below is a green smoothie recipe that generally works without fail. I am currently saving up for a Vitamix, but my 40 dollar Black & Decker blender from Target works just fine.  So don’t think you need a fancy blender to make green smoothies!

Morning Green Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 handful’s of spinach or kale

1 apple (cored and sliced)

1 ripe banana

Juice of half a lemon

1-2 Tbsp of fresh ginger

1 cup of filtered water

sprinkle of stevia (optional)

Ice cubes to taste
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.  It’s sometimes easier to add the spinach and water first and then add the rest of the ingredients.  Add ice cubes and blend again until it reaches your desired consistency.  I’m sure if you have a Vitamix you can just hit “blend”!

Tip: For smoothies, you can actually blend them the night before and they are good for 48 hours (this is not the same with green juices!).  If you’re going to blend the smoothie the night before you can leave out the ice cubes and just use the water as it will be in the fridge over night and will be nice and cold in the morning.  I just add the ice cubes when I’m going to drink the smoothie immediately as I like my green smoothies super cold.

Hope you enjoy! I got my brother and dad drinking these on a daily basis and they are NOT veggie people! I’d love to hear about your green smoothie recipes and experiences below!