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I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate. Always have. Especially chocolate chips in pumpkin bread. YUM!
Pumpkin season is in full swing and I have been making all sorts of pumpkin goodies — let's just say there are more delicious recipes coming your way over the next month! 😉
I had a craving for brownies awhile back and decided that I needed to create a pumpkin brownie recipe. So, this is the result of that venture.
These pumpkin brownies are quite rich and filling, so one small brownie will easily satisfy your cravings. I love adding pumpkin to brownies because it helps make them moist and fudgy. I personally can't tolerate chocolate, so I use carob powder in these, but cocoa or a combo of both would be equally as delicious.
This recipe is completely grain and gluten free and to make it even more inviting for those on a restricted diet, there are dairy free and autoimmune protocol (AIP) options. Just about everyone can enjoy these, regardless of your eating style.
For those of you who are counting carbs, I don't normally include the carb counts or other nutritional info in my recipes, but my mom was kind enough to break down the net carbs for this recipe. My dad is on the ketogenic diet to fight colon cancer, so she has been dedicated to helping him keep his carb count low. She calculated these and there are 14 net carbs (carbs minus fiber) per serving. This recipe makes 12 medium-size brownies so you could make the portion size even smaller to lower the carb count, or use a different sweetener.
IMPORTANT note about “coconut cream concentrate” and “coconut butter”, since I get asked this all the time.
Whenever I refer to those two terms in my recipes, it means the product that is super finely ground coconut meat, which has a consistency similar to a nut butter. It's not referring to coconut milk or coconut cream (the liquid beverage-type products), and it's not referring to those vegan “butters” that often use coconut oil in them.
You cannot substitute dairy butter for coconut butter, nor can you substitute coconut oil for coconut butter.
Please read this post where I discuss all the differences between coconut products in an effort to clear up the confusion that is circulating around the Web.
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Important Note On Gelatin Types
When it comes to gelatin, you don’t want any old gelatin off the supermarket shelves. You want to look for 100% grass-fed gelatin from healthy animals. Just like other animal products, quality is important.
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- 15 oz. pumpkin puree (just a tad less than 2 cups measured)
- 15 oz. coconut cream concentrate or coconut butter, softened (just a tad less than 2 cups measured) - please see note above regarding this ingredient
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup butter or coconut oil, melted (use coconut oil for AIP and dairy-free)
- 3 eggs (for AIP, use gelatin eggs which you can learn about here)
- 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- ½ cup cocoa powder or toasted carob powder (use carob powder for AIP)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- pumpkin seeds for topping (optional - omit for AIP)
- coconut oil for greasing pan
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine all the ingredients in your mixer bowl and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a greased pan (see note below) and use a spatula to smooth batter.
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top if desired.
- Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature before cutting. If you cut while they are warm, they will be very crumbly.
- Note: I use my 2 quart (11.1" X 7.1" X 1.7") Pyrex baking dish for thicker brownies. You could use a 3 quart (9" X 13" X 2") baking dish and they would just be a tad thinner. Really, you can use any glass baking pan of your choice.
- Store in the fridge for up to a week. You could also portion up and store in the freezer for several months.
What is your favorite fall-time pumpkin treat? Leave a comment below!
Want Even More Gelatin Goodness?
Health Benefits and Gelatin Info
- Get the real scoop on gelatin brands here.
- Learn how to use gelatin for an egg replacement here.
- Find out the amazing health benefits of gelatin here.
Gelatin Recipes (Gluten-Free)
- Strawberry Mint Lemonade Gummies
- Melon Gummies
- Elderberry Gummies with Ginger and Turmeric
- Honey Orange Fruit Snacks
- Strawberry Clouds Dessert
- Vanilla Bean Faux Cheesecake
- Clean and Healthy Homemade Marshmallows
- Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
- Pumpkin Brownies
- Pumpkin Scones
- Double Dark Chocolate Coconut Milk Pudding
- Coconut Tulsi (Holy Basil) Ice Cream
- Strawberries & Cream Tart
- Creamy Coconut Milk Yogurt (no yogurt maker required)
The Gelatin Secret
For further reading, my friend Sylvie's book, The Gelatin Secret (affiliate link), is by far the best book out there on the subject.
Gelatin is the superfood that can give you relief from digestive disorders and thousands of people are finding that regular consumption is helping them heal their bodies and live a healthier life.