Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf

Autumn means pumpkin season, and I’ve been all about that lately. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkins to decorate my front porch, romping in pumpkin patches… Yet it’s also apple season, and apples need some love. After all, apples are my trusty go-to snack, available year round when other fruits go out of season, delicious eaten unadorned or with a few spoonfuls of peanut butter or a sprinkle of cinnamon. When you put the two together, what do you get? In my kitchen, you get yourself a Pumpkin Apple Spice Loaf, a true seasonal treat.

 

 

 

 

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Gluten Free Banana Maple Muffins

These gluten free Banana Maple Muffins were the first baked treats I made on the regular as a new runner and busy law student in need of good fuel on the go. I made a few batches in the weeks leading up to my son’s birth, and they became a lifesaver when I was alone in my house with a two-week-old who needed to be fed, changed, and held constantly and I didn’t have time to make myself a meal. I’d take a few out of the freezer and toast them, then top with peanut butter and eat them standing at the kitchen counter, or while I was nursing on the couch. They hold up well enough to eat plain also, making them a great snack to pop into a baggie and take along to a park playdate. And if you’re a fellow nursing mom, the main ingredient is oats, which are among the top galactagogues recommended to increase or preserve your milk supply, and you can easily add flaxseed or brewer’s yeast to pack a double punch of goodness for both you and baby.

 

 

 

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