Friday, April 23, 2010

Pumpkin Almond Butter Cake/Brownies

here we go with another one of those...

"i don't believe this is gonna work" recipes...

one look at the ingredients and you'd have to agree with me. it all sounds too gooey. i watched in shock and awe as it slowly became an actual cake.

as you can see, the first cake photo shown above looks a bit different than the second. i liked it so much the first time i had to try it again, but i had to try the true recipe. i fudged the ingredients the first time because i was in such disbelief that the goop in the mixing bowl was going to actually bake into something. the first batch i thought i just HAD to add some extra baking powder...as you can see, it DID come out quite a bit more cakey than the second batch. the second was by the book and turned out much more like a brownie. i think i like them both equally.


i was so excited to make this one i ran out to Whole Foods and bought some fresh ground almond butter. i had seen it there the last visit and i knew this recipe would make the long trek out there all worth it. i was right. i do suggest using fresh almond butter if you can get it. the almond butter used in the second batch was fresh, but a bit more loose than the first cake. i'm sure whatever you use will work out fine because the flavor of this cake is what it's all about. speaking of flavor...i thought the original needed a bit of cinnamon and, of course, a little kick from cayenne. i'm wondering if you might try a little cocoa powder? or go the pumpkin spice route?...whatever you choose, it does need a little something.

ALMOND BUTTER PUMPKIN BROWNIES
many thanks to Shelley at Primal Life. original found here and copied below with my notes.

Feel free to get creative with substitutions. Try other nut butters, other forms of squash, other sweeteners, spices, mix-ins, the possibilities are endless. I made several batches using either fresh squash that I steamed and mashed or canned pumpkin. I preferred the fresh squash to the canned pumpkin, but the latter worked perfectly well. Consider topping with applesauce and/or whipped cream for a delicious dessert.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond butter

¾ cup mashed pumpkin or other squash, canned or steamed

1 egg

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp baking soda

for my first batch (the cakey version shown) i used 1 1/2 tsp baking soda and added 1 egg white along with the whole egg.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

9 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I just bought almond butter for the first time and would love to try these but I'm confused. It says in your post that the first recipe is cake-like but the second is brownie-like. To me, it looks the opposite in the photos. Did you switch the photos by accident?

whisk-kid said...

Jesus, you're right! This really doesn't sound like it would work at all!

It sure looks tasty though :)

Eve Paludan said...

So there's no flour in this? Just checking...

Jules and Ruby said...

Linda...the photo w/the tea cup is the cakey version and the photo of the brownie square alone is the moist brownie version.
i hope someone tries this just as i did and watched it rise in shock and awe..
Eve...nope...no flour...wierd!

New Orleans Debt Negotiation Attorney said...

Thanks for this tasty recipe. All of these ingredients sound perfect together.

Excellent food blog.

Tia said...

i don't believe it either!
btw, i just added ur blog to my floowing list! love ya!

Anonymous said...

Just made- tis super super yummy and moist. You can't get almond butter where I live, so I used peanut butter and hazelnut butter so I'm sure it tastes very different than the original but is still amazing.

Rebecca @ Coconutty Sisters said...

I am so in love with this!! Actually, my whole family is, my mom has made it several times, and my sisters just recently tried it. I just made it for the first time tonight, using butternut squash. I also used a mixture of agave nectar and coconut nectar instead of honey. SO DELICIOUS!! :)

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Rebecca...so happy you liked this. i'm so glad i could pass it on from the original poster Shelly at Primal Life. i love when things have few ingredients and they are healthy...AND taste delicious. thanks for the great comment

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