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

Ingredients: 

  • 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
Instructions:
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process until a sticky dough forms. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Press the dough into the pan, and flatten out the surface with a spatula. Place pan in the fridge for about an hour to firm up dough. When firm, remove pan from fridge, discard parchment paper, place the contents of pan on a cutting board, and cut into 12 bars. Wrap each bar individually and store in the fridge. Toss one in your lunch bag or purse for a snack when you know you’ll be out and about. 
Pumpkin Spice Snack Bar