Yes! It IS Paleo!!
Happy October!! I am posting my first Pumpkin Recipe for the season! Last year, my most popular pumpkin recipe was the Pumpkin Brownies, which are also really yummy if you would rather go that route! I feel like the recipes I plan don’t come out as good as the recipes I end up with. Basically, meaning I write it out, make it, and determine whether its website worthy or not. Then there are recipes like this one, where I have a plan for pumpkin bread or pumpkin cake, not sure which, then my daughter asks for a Cake Party and it turns into Chocolate Pumpkin cake. Since I didn’t have enough coconut milk to make coconut whipped cream, I made a date pumpkin butter in the middle and on top instead. It turned out amazing, I was so excited. Not to mention, my 2 year old was excited she got a “Cake Party”. I will have to make it again once my hubby is home…I am thinking Thanksgiving instead of Pumpkin Pie. We will see because this Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Butter Crust is really good too….haha I was busy last season!!
Try it out and let me know what you think! You can also Pin it below!
What you will need:
For a small layered cake, you need a 6″ cake pan
For a one layer cake, you need a 10″+ cake pan
You can also use a square pan and make them into bars
Parchment Paper cut to fit the bottom of your pan
5 whole eggs
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup raw honey (I used raw black forest honey)
1/2 cup Stevia
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup almond flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash of salt
For the Pumpkin Date Butter
12 Medjool dates (no added sugar
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp coconut milk
Making your pumpkin puree is really easy, but feel free to buy it if you prefer. If you want to make it yourself, just cut your mini pie pumpkin and place it in the crock pot, or bake it in the oven until tender. Scoop out the pumpkin and smash it with a fork, or use your emulsion blender to make the pumpkin smooth. Once you have that done, you can start your cake!
First things first…get your dates and cover them in warm water. Then go to work, or the store, workout, or take a nap. You want to peel the skin off, so they need to soak a little bit. This time I only did it for 2 hours.
Preheat your oven to 340 degrees
In a medium mixing bowl, add your eggs, pumpkin, honey, stevia and coconut oil. Blend together until smooth.
Next add in all your dry ingredients…the 3 flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Carefully stir the mixture together, then use your hand blender and blend until smooth. Just a tip: if you don’t stir it first, and just blend, the tapioca flour and cocoa powder will fly all over the place.
Line your pan with parchment paper, and pour the mixture in. If you are stacking the cake, make sure to divide the mixture evenly. I used the 6″ cake pan, and the mixture gave me 13 scoops in each using my cookie scooper.
Bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes…you can test it with a toothpick. Remove and let cool on a cooling rack.
While your cake is cooking, make the pumpkin date butter…
Your dates should be soaking, so take each one out and peel the skin off.
Put the peeled dates, pumpkin and coconut milk in a food processor, and blend until smooth. That’s it.
You can assemble the cake however you prefer, but make sure the cake is 100% cool before you top with the “butter”.
Ready for the nutrition facts? It IS dessert, an in moderation treat, so it’s not a free for all just because it’s Paleo, for those of you trying to lose weight. Just a tip…you can use all Stevia if you want. I will put both nutrition facts below.
Nutrition Facts with the Recipe as-is
Recipe makes 10 servings.
Nutrition Facts using all Stevia, no honey
(This recipe has the most carbs of anything I have made on the website…crazy! It’s ok, its all natural and lower on the glycemic index so it will not have the same downfall as sugar. The raw honey, tapioca flour and dates make up the majority of the carbs so feel free to sub out what you wish)