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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Chocolate Pumpkin Black Bean Chili and Gluten-free Corn Bread

Last Friday I played around with a chili recipe since I have GERD, tomatoes are a no-no. I replaced it with canned pumpkin. A crockpot comes in handy for this too.

Here are the ingredients:

1-lb ground meat (any kind- I used turkey)
2 chopped onions
Garlic cloves (as much as you like-make sure you crush them)
1 can of black beans (make sure you rinse them)
1 can of pumpkin
3 cups of broth (chicken, vegetable, or beef- I used chicken)
1/4 Cup of water (or more-its to cook the ground meat before adding all the other ingredients)
4 TBSP Chili powder
1 TSP Cumin
1 TSP Cinnamon
1 TSP Cocoa powder
1 TBSP Raw honey
Optional: add any kind of hot pepper, zucchini, and squash. You can also use any bean you desire.

Steps in preparation:

1. Set your crock pot on high. Add your ground meat and water. Cover and cook for two hours.

2. After two hours, dump everything in. Turn down the temp to low and let it cook. Mine cooked for 6 hours. If you cook on high. Do so for 3 hours.

3. Let it cool for ten minutes.

4. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, and gluten free cornbread if you like.

5. Eat up!

Well...since I shared my chili recipe y'll will need my gluten free cornbread recipe.

Here are the ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 Cup any kind of unsweetened milk (I use almond)
1/4 Cup of water
1/3 Cup maple syrup or honey
1 TBSP coconut oil (make sure it's softened first)
3/4 Cups frozen or canned corn
1/2 Cup of raisins or chopped dates
1/2 TSP salt

Steps in preparation:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 400.

2. Grease a 12 count muffin tin with coconut oil.

3. Mix your salt and cornmeal together.

4. Stir in the rest of your ingredients.

5. Then, fill your muffin cups a third full.

6. Pop them into the oven and bake for twenty minutes.

7. Once out of the oven, let them sit for five minutes. They're yummy with butter. Even with a swipe of coconut oil.


Hope everyone has a happy week!

Hugs and chocolate,


  1. Pumpkin in chili - who knew it would be good?

  2. I've got an aversion to beans, but I'd go for that cornbread!

  3. I love chili, pumpkin and chocolate--but together? Don't think so.

    I would go for that cornbread, though!

    1. You don't even taste the pumpkin. It kind of tastes like Sky Way Chili if you know what that is. They use tomatoes in their sauce though. Sweetman actually likes it. And he doesn't like much.

  4. What an unusual recipe! I'll bet it's delicious! Happy Holidays, Shelly!


  5. Sounds good. I'll give it a go; or more precisely I'll bribe my beloved to make it for me.

  6. I don't have dietary restrictions, but both those sound amazing. It's been too long since I had cornbread. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and that your arm gets better soon.

  7. Thank you, Lexa. I now have a bone stimulator.

  8. Dennis made his chili with turkey for first time. He thought black beans would have been better. I don't think he'd want pumpkin, but he did try chocolate in it, but that didn't work out so good, as it just wanted to stick to the sides.
    But I like the corn muffin mix. Sounds real good!

    1. Did he use the cocao powder or a chocolate bar? I used cocoa powder.

  9. I just had a craving.
    Happy 2017!

    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Lux. Haven't seen your blog in my email lately.


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