Are you crazy for pumpkin spice treats this time of year?
If you are, then you’re in luck! The spices that make up “pumpkin spice” are actually anti-inflammatory and they each have amazing benefits.
Cinnamon: helps balance your blood sugar
Nutmeg: is beneficial for pain relief
Ginger: improves your digestion
Clove: reduces gum disease
The trouble is most pumpkin spice treats also contain loads of refined sugar and other ingredients that do more harm than good.
In my functional practice, my clients learn how to incorporate ingredients like spices into their foods in ways that support their health. When we add in beneficial ingredients full of flavor, we begin to naturally crowd out ingredients that don’t serve us.
Below is a recipe for some pumpkin spice snack bars that are great for people on the go. They include the spices mentioned above, but are free of refined sugar, gluten, and dairy.
Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Pumpkin Spice Snack Bars
Gluten-free, Dairy-free, No refined sugar
1 1/2 cups raw cashews
1 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted (about 12)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of ground clove