Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars
12 servings

I love this recipe because, well, who doesn’t love dessert? And imagine if that dessert was GOOD for you? It’s like a dream come true. These bars are vegan (add the frosting and it becomes vegetarian), and high in complete protein & fiber. In this one delectable little bar, you’re getting whole grains, healing spices, and healthy fruits. Enjoy!
-Megan

Ingredients:
30 dates, pitted and diced (about 1 cup diced)
3⁄4 cup water
1 cup teff flour
¼ cup oats
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp clove
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1 ½ cups cooked pumpkin puree, or 1- 15 ounce can of pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup almond milk

Instructions:
Place the pitted/diced dates into a small bowl with the 3⁄4 cup of water and soak for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Place the flour and spices a large bowl. In a blender or food processor, blend the soaked dates, the water used to soak the dates, oats, vanilla, and milk for a minute or two until smooth. Pour this into the bowl of dry ingredients, and then add the pumpkin. Mix well with a spoon.
Pour the batter into an 8×8-inch non-stick baking pan. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until you see cracks on the top. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Store in the refrigerator. Optional-top with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:
½ cup organic butter
8 oz organic cream cheese
1 ½ tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
In a large bowl, let the cream cheese & butter soften to room temperature. With a hand mixer, blend well. Add the coconut sugar and vanilla and continue mixing until well-blended. Store in refrigerator.

Warmly,

Megan Normansell (Kerkhoff)

Copyright 2019

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Lose weight, boost libido, and stop hair loss with this rare grain

It’s arguably the world’s most nutritious grain, and most well-kept secret. Introducing the tiniest grain on earth- teff!

Native to Ethiopia, this gluten-free grain is packed with b-vitamins, fiber, protein, and minerals. It is also environmentally-friendly, requiring very little water to thrive and sprouts in just over a day. Just one pound of teff can grow an entire acre of the grain, while it takes 100 lbs or more of wheat berries to grow an acre of wheat.

Teff’s rich, nutty, molasses-like flavor makes it ideal for porridges, muffins, and cookies. Teff flour can be used in soups and gravies as a savory natural thickener. Look for it in your local health food store.

5 Health Benefits of Teff:

1. Teff is high in a resistant starch, which is a type of fiber that helps to balance blood sugar and manage diabetes. This benefit makes teff an ideal grain for weight loss, as high blood sugar levels will trigger your body to store fat. Stabilized blood sugar will help keep energy levels sustained and prevent sugar cravings.
2. Teff can help relax and soothe the muscles. Chances are you’ll find relief from restless leg, sleeping troubles, or muscle cramping if you eat teff regularly.
3. The minerals in teff can help reduce your risk of a stroke, as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
4. Teff is extraordinarily high in copper, which is a vital mineral for energy production and properly functioning taste buds. Did you know that low copper levels can cause premature hair loss? Studies have found that increasing your copper intake can stop hair loss and premature greying, so eat your teff!
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