If there is one thing that helped us get through the GAPS Introduction Diet the first time we did it, it was squash bars. After days of eating soup and veggies and a little egg mixed in, the boys and I were ready for something that seemed to have a little substance to it (and that looked familiar to our past favorite foods). Had we tried this “dessert” prior to going GAPS, I highly doubt that we would have been so thrilled about it. But after your taste buds start to change, you learn to appreciate the sweetness and flavor of foods that really aren’t considered “sweet”.
I make this recipe by memory; I’m not even really sure on which website I found it. My mom sometimes will add a little pureed chicken into it, as another way to get more protein (great tip for picky eaters!). My boys usually eat plenty of protein-rich foods, so I tend to make it without the chicken.
2 cups pureed organic squash or pumpkin
8 organic free range eggs (divided)
1 heaping Tbs. ground organic cinnamon
2-3 Tbs. homemade ghee or organic butter, melted
Have two bowls on hand, one small and the other medium-sized. Divide your eggs, with the yolks going in the medium sized bowl and the whites in the smaller bowl. In the bowl with the yolks, add the squash, cinnamon, and butter.
Beat your egg whites until soft peaks form. Then mix the ingredients in the medium-sized bowl (the squash mixture). When the ingredients are well mixed, pour the fluffy egg whites into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix well.
Line a 9×13 pan with unbleached parchment paper (I usually take a little coconut oil and spread it on my glass baking pan first, and then the parchment seems to stick a little better). Pour the batter into the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes. Let cool, slice, and serve in squares. Makes about 12-16 squares (or 9 squares, depending on how hungry everyone is!)
You can eat them plain or drizzle a little honey on top. Very simple, packed with nutrition, and GAPS stage 3 legal!! (If you omit the cinnamon).
They’re a winner for us 🙂