Skinny Pumpkin Cake

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Life is so good.  All of my kids sleep through the night, my husband will soon be done with football season, I’m finally fitting back into most of my clothes, Fall weather is finally here in Las Vegas, and the holiday’s are just around the corner!  This is seriously the best time of year!

I have been wanting to share this recipe for a really long time but the time just hasn’t been right until now.  I have shared this recipe on my Instagram a few times but I’m excited to now have it officially on the blog.  I also decided to change the name from pumpkin protein bars to skinny pumpkin cake because duh, it’s like eating a fabulous pumkin-y cake!  Ladies, if you’re a pumpkin lover and you’re watching your figure, you have got to try this!  It’s made with oat flour and applesauce so I say you can even eat it for breakfast! Why not!?
Made with healthy ingredients like oat flour, coconut sugar, applesauce, etc. I've got to try this!

My favorite baking flour has always been oat flour, even when eating a mostly Paleo diet.  I like it  because it replaces all purpose white flour nicely in recipes, it’s super cheap to make yourself, it’s very filling, and it’s just all around a healthier option.  To make your own simply put some old fashion oats in your blender and blend.  I keep a container of oat flour in my pantry for baking.

oat flour is a much healthier alternative to tradition flour and works great for baking.

I decided to name this the skinny pumpkin cake because it’s super low fat. This is good news because you can throw some chocolate peanut butter or hazelnut butter on top as the frosting without feeling like you’ve consumed way too much fat.  Mmmm. This pumpkin cake is great without a topping at all, but it’s fun to try different toppings out.  The white “frosting” in most the pictures is a 1:1 ratio of some Greek yogurt cream cheese and plain Greek yogurt with a few drops of liquid stevia mixed in.  It was perfect!

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To make this super easy skinny pumpkin cake preheat your oven to 350 degrees and simply combine these wet ingredients:

  • 2 cups pure pumpkin
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. applesauce
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk

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Next dump in your dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

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Pour into a greased baking dish and bake for about 30-35 mins.

Made with healthy ingredients like oat flour, coconut sugar, applesauce, etc. I've got to try this!

You’ll know it’s done when the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.  This time I used my 8X12 dish instead of my usual 9X13 baking dish.  Makenna’s favorite new activity is to pull everything out of the cupboards so that is what she did with my 9X13 dish last week.  She was fine, but the dish didn’t make it.  I’m pretty sure it broke into at least a trillion microscopic pieces. I spent a good 30 minutes sweeping and vacuuming that mess up.

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Skinny Pumpkin Cake

Servings: 18
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Ingredients 

  • 2 cups pure pumpkin
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. applesauce
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 2 cups oat flour, oats ground up
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine first 6 ingredients.
  • Add in remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour into a greased cake pan and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 30-35 mins or until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Cut into 18 squares.

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 24.7g, Protein: 6.9g, Fat: 1.7g
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