Saturday, September 3, 2011

Pump It Up Pumpkin Cake

I think it's fair to say it's rather stereotypical to assume that lean, tight bikini gals don't work out hard. If I had dollar for the number of times people told me that a girl shouldn't lift weights I'd be rich! No joke. It's a sad, uneducated assumption. Sure a girl can be exercise and just dieting will indeed work....if your goal is to be skinny fat. You know what I mean- those gals that look great in clothes and then when you see them poolside or on the beach it's another story.......... Ladies, hear me out. If you want a lean, tight, toned body (yes, still skinny but without all the jiggle) then you've got to WORK it out!

Cardio and weights. Hear me? Yes, and weights! You will not get huge bulky muscles that will make your guy friends want to have arm wrestles with you. You also have to EAT! The right kinds of healthy food to fuel that beautiful body and the right amounts. The best way to get the most from your workout is to actually chow down beforehand! Waiting hours upon hours isn't going to give you enough energy to ROCK that workout, sweat it out and leave feeling like you actually put some effort into your sexy n fit body. One of my favorite snacks an hour or two before are these yummy pumpkin cake squares. Healthy carbs and a little dose of protein to sustain you. That's how you do it! (and eat....)

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp quality vanilla extract
  • 1- 15oz can pure pumpkin puree (2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup stevia in the raw
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour (ground oats)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9X9 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking oil.

Using electric beaters, beat the eggs until fluffy. Add the pumpkin, yogurt and vanilla. Continue to beat until smooth.

Sift together the dry ingredients. Add the pumpkin mixture. Do not overmix!

Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until spring to touch and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack fully before cutting.

Makes 9 squares

Per square: 117 calories, 3g fat, 15.5g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 8g protein


  1. MM Sounds good! The greek yogurt must make it so moist!

  2. Yes it is SUPER moist!!! The combo of the pumpkin and yogurt more than make up for no added fat! :)

  3. I'm so happy I found your blog! I like your baking style. I'm living in Germany and they definitely don't have coconut flour here. Does it actually have a strong coconut flavor?

  4. Sounds delish! Can I substitute honey for the Stevia? If so, how much honey do you recommend without increasing the calories too much. I don't have Oat or Coconut flour so I may substitute with Almond Meal if you think that would work. Thanks so much!