GF Protein Pumpkin Loaf!



October has arrived! With that, I'm finally ready to accept that we have moved out of summer and into fall, which means into fall flavors-- enter: pumpkinnnn!


Back in the fall of 2019, I started messing around with one of the many cans of pumpkin in my cabinet in search of making the perfect (healthy) fall treat. When this (GF) protein-packed pumpkin loaf came out of my oven and into my mouth, I knew I had accomplished my mission! Ever since this loaf has become a staple in my household from fall all the way through the winter months.


Now it can be a staple in your household, too!


GF Protein Pumpkin Loaf




Ingredients:


2 servings canned pumpkin

1 ½ scoop vanilla protein powder

40g nonfat plain greek yogurt

1 serving egg whites

1 whole egg

2 servings (32g) powdered PB

1 tsp baking powder

1/8-1/4 cup chocolate chips

Spices to your liking:

- Cinnamon

- Nutmeg

- All-spice

Sweetener of your choice to your liking

Toppings: *can adjust more or less depending on how much you want*

- 30g oats

- 15g chopped walnuts or pecans

- Cinnamon

- Sweetener


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit


2. Mix pumpkin, eggs, yogurt together

3. Mix in protein powder, then powdered PB, baking powder, chocolate chips, and spice/sweeten accordingly


4. Pour into a greased loaf pan



5. In a skillet on medium heat, toast oats, chopped nuts, and cinnamon/some sweetener. Keep stirring around until oats are lightly toasted (couple of minutes).




6. Spread toasted oats/nut mixture across the top of the pumpkin batter, then put it all in the oven.



7. Bake time seems to vary widely depending on oven and altitude, so give it about 10-15 minutes, then check on with the toothpick test. If the toothpick comes out mostly clean, you're good! If not, put it back in for a few more minutes and check back again.


8. Once it's cooled, slice and enjoy!

Refrigerate any leftovers. Leftover slices taste great cold, fresh out of the fridge or pop them into the microwave/toaster oven and heat up to enjoy a warm piece in the morning with your favorite (fall-flavored) coffee!


*Nutritional information will vary based on ingredient choices/quantity of chocolate chips and toppings, but entire loaf roughly around 530 calories, 15g fat, 40g, carbs, 60g protein, 6g fiber*


Are you giving this recipe a try? Let me know how you like it! Tag me on any social media posts (@musclebymaria) or reach out via email!


MARIA'S FITNESS TIPS

#1 

Set goals! Set both long and short-range goals to keep yourself motivated. Be sure that the short-range goals will eventually lead you to your big-picture, long-range ones. Consider them stepping stones on the path towards something bigger.

 

#2

Do what you like to do. Don't just start doing something because everyone else is; find what you truly enjoy and do that. In the end, if you don't have a genuine interest in your workouts and lifestyle, you're going to hinder your progress.

 

#3

Switch things up! I know this may sound kind of funny after just reading #2, but as humans, we can get bored of doing the same thing over and over. As well, our muscles can get "bored" and we can plateau. Do not be afraid to try new things and incorporate change to keep you entertained and your muscles guessing!