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Photos: Shira Lenchewski
Photos: Shira Lenchewski

Each week we spotlight a healthy-delish recipe that’s truly genius (and easy to make) from someone who’s wowed us in the food world. We’re talking buzzy cookbook authors and Instagram foodies to brilliant chefs. Here’s the seasonally on-point dish you’ve got to make (and share) right now! 

Too much pumpkin? Please. There’s no such thing. Since the seasonal staple is practically a multivitamin (it’s high in A and C), there’s no reason not to PSL your life—pumpkin spice lattés, pumpkin spice lipstick, pumpkin stuffed lunches…you name it, there’s a delicious fall version of it.

There are few things more comforting than a warm slice of pumpkin bread, and when it’s made with healthy pantry staples like coconut oil and maple syrup in place of sugar, #fallgoals and #healthgoals are basically synonymous. Paleo? Vegan? Yup, you can have your (pumpkin) cake and eat it, too.

This recipe comes from Shira Lenchewski, MS, RD, the buzzy nutritionist whose blog and Instagram are full of gorgeous, colorful, eat-the-rainbow ways to achieve your happiest, healthiest life. Her recipes and nutritional intel are also a big hit with wellness-focused celebs—think Lauren Conrad and Gwyneth Paltrow’s brainchild, Goop

Keep reading for the recipe—it’s bound to be your new fall favorite.

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ShiraRD’s Paleo Pumpkin Bread

Makes two small loaves

For the pumpkin bread:
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 Tbsp psyllium husk
6 Tbsp water
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground all spice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
pinch of sea salt

For the frosting (optional):
7 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and still warm
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp mucuna pruriens (or substitute with your favorite superfood powder, it will just give you a different color)
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all spice, ground cloves, and sea salt, and mix thoroughly.

3. In a separate bowl, add the psyllium husk and water, and stir until gelatinous. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.

5. Place the dough into two mini loaf pans.

6. Bake for 18–20 minutes, or until firm.

7. Prepare frosting by mixing ingredients until well combined and chilling in fridge for 15 minutes.

8. Top with frosting if desired.

9. Enjoy!

There’s no reason to stop with just one nutritionally loaded dessert recipe. Try peanut butter pumpkin molten cakes or a white chocolate dessert dip with a buzzy secret ingredient.