Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin Swirl Paleo Brownies

I must warn you- Please do not eat more than one at a time- they are yummy but will spike your insulin level! :)


Brownie Mixture:
I got this recipe from Paleo Mama and from my fellow Hoosier CrossFit friends!

  • 16 oz of walnuts
  • 1 egg (free range)
  • 1 cup honey (I only used 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 oz unsweetened dark chocolate chopped (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
  • 2 T  olive oil
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  • combine walnuts in a food processor (I added a tad of olive oil) and blend until it has the texture of almond butter
  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) and mix until smooth
  • then stir in the chocolate chips
  • set aside
Pumpkin Mixture

  • 1 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup honey 
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 free range egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • In a separate bowl from the brownie mixture combine all ingredients
  • mix until smooth
More Directions:
  • lightly grease a 9x13 cake pan
  • pour in the 3/4 of the brownie mixture into the pan and spread evenly
  • set aside the other 1/4
  • take heaping spoonfuls of the pumpkin mixture and place on top of the brownie mixture in the pan until all pumpkin mix is used
  • then add the rest of the brownie mix on top of the pumpkin (I put spoonfuls in the center of the pumpkin globs)
  • take a knife and run it side to side (length wise) through the mixture making the chocolate and the pumpkin swirl
  • bake for 30-45 minutes (I was a little iffy on the time because I was not sure how long it would take to cook all the way through- but I have a friend who tells me it's done when you can smell it- so follow your nose!) 
  • let cool and enjoy!


  1. I wonder if I can just use my jar of almond butter instead of making walnut butter...?

    1. Did you try this?! I was thinking the same thing... I don't have a food processor and that would be so much quicker!

  2. Hi - a reader from Norway here... I wonder - how much is "1 can of pumpkin puree" in cups? And T = tablesspoon/t= teaspoon? (Got a lot of pumpkin, but don't have a lot of exciting recipies.;) )

  3. Wow!! Haven't tried this yet, but what you mention near the top of the page:

    Warning: do not eat a whole batch of anything by yourself - you must use moderation :)

    already looks like a sound suggestion!! :-)

    Even at the cost of repeating what Mama Bird said above, I have to say: Can't wait to try!

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Could I use coconut flour in lieu of almond flour?

  5. I am making this for the third time. I make it without the pumpkin now, just brownies - my family loves them. The second time I made the recipe (the first time without the pumpkin) I didn't have any walnuts so I substituted some sour cream and organic applesauce ... it worked! My son-in-law will hardly let anyone else have a piece, I cannot believe how delicious the brownies are.