Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Flour Cake

Ali Segersten Jun 05, 2009


This cake looks great!
And I love cooking & baking with nut/seed flours.
I searched for pumpkin seed flour a while ago but wasn't able to find a supplier. I believe it is more widely used in South America.
Anyway, the only option was to grind my own...I'm glad to see that this flour is now available and woudl love to give it a try!

I can't wait for this product to come to market! My diet is ovo-vegetarian, but free of grains and legumes, so anything which provides extra variety is welcomed with great enthusiasm. Also, I'm an experimental cook (in a way I have to be), and this sounds like a super product to experiment with. Thanks so much for bringing it to everyone's attention!

I would love to try this! My husband is gluten-free and I am learning to bake goodies he can eat. He loves chocolate cake! This flour would be a motivation to me to try this recipe and a blessing to him as he would really enjoy eating some cake that was actually LEGAL and wholesome for him!

This looks absolutely delicious. I've recently started looking for new ways to bake and ways to make more nutritious snacks and desserts. This would be perfect to try for my MIL upcoming birthday. She's could have her cake and eat it too. Can't wait to try this recipe.

Oh Ali this looks so yummy!!! I am so glad this company contacted you.

I would love to try the pumpkin seed flour especially because pumpkin seed milk is my favorite, and look at that protein-wow!

I have baked with coconut flour, mixed with other flours, and I love it. I find it to be a bit dense and fibrous which I like in breakfast muffins, etc. So nice to have variety. Thanks!

I would be excited to try this new pumpkin seed flour! Your recipe makes my mouth water. :)
We have nut allergies and need to use unrefined flours so that doesn't leave us many choices. This would be a great alternative!

I would love to try this flour in my favorite recipes! I have been grinding my own pumpkin seed flour for a few years, but the texture isn't consistent. I am going to try this cake for my Sofi's 6th birthday this week. Yum!

Wow, pumpkin seed flour is new to me. I love the green color. Did you like the cake? Would this flour work for things other than baking? What other nutrient values does it have? You have really peaked my interest. Can you tell. 20 questions here. The cake looks great and not too complicated for a non-baker like me. OK, so where does one buy this flour?

I love pumkin seeds in all forms! I think I would use this in bread,cakes, and crackers! And cookies and topping! I hope I win!

Just tweeted about your post!

I am SO EXCITED to see this! I'm allergic to nuts and soy and try to stay away from refined grains!

I would be SO excited to try this new recipe! I am gluten free and my naturopath also wants me to be grain free and with concious carbohydrate eating ... which is not always easy. I'm always looking for new ways to get good nutrition without compromising nutritional goals. I've also used pumpkin seed butter pretty extensively. If anything, I'm super excited for this flour to be made available on the market!

I'd like to enter a *cake* giveaway! :-) I am not too sure what I would do with pumpkin seed flour besides make this cake and then hope that you post some more recipes using it.

I imagine that this flour would be good to keep blood sugar levels in check since it's very high in protein. Nothing quite like getting some good protein in a muffin or some chocolate cake! This sounds like a definite plus!

Do you have any ideas when your next book will be out?

Being from the southern states and having a multitude of food allergies, my menu choices have dramatically changed! I can't wait to use this new flour! I am dreaming of beignets and cannolis and fried green tomatoes and my great-grandmother's applesauce cake! I haven't been able to at or make those (with success) for years! Yay for the great giveaway!

Thank you for this delicious looking cake! Many of my patients are gluten-free and have many other food sensitivities. Recipes that are nut-free as well are a blessing :)

Please enter me into this contest; I'd love to win some pumpkin seed flour! I want to try this because pumpkin seeds are supposed be very beneficial for Type O blood types - and gf! Also, I eat a ton of nuts/nut flours, so it'd be wise for me to diversify to prevent further intolerances/allergies.

I don't blog, but I do subscribe to your's via Google Reader!

Yuuuuumy! I'm always interested in nutritional flours that are gluten-free! Thank you for making this into a contest. What a great idea and a great product. I can't wait to try it! :)
Posted on my blog about your new/fun/awesome recipe. I so hope to try it soon. :)

Ali, you fascinate me in how you come up with recipes, dreaming, visions. I did that once for a knitting project, it came to me almost like a vision when I was laying in bed, I knew exactly what I was supposed to do. I've been on Tom's Elim. and Detox diet since January and am exploring the possibility of going grain free. It is great to know that there are options so many options. I'm thrilled to know that I can still eat things that resemble bread and cake! Thanks for entering me into your drawing!

This cake looks marvelous and I would love to be able to try it. Having celiac didease can make baking quite a challenge, and having a flour with such high nutritional to work with would be just great. I hope that this flour will be available in the Bellingham area in the near future.

This looks great. I think we'll be grinding pumpkin seeds this afternoon!

I'd love to try this flour. I've only been gluten free for three months, and I still have a lot to learn.

I follow a pretty strict grain free diet and would LOVE a chance to test out a new seed flour! I also am working on getting my blog up and running, so this would be the perfect ingredient to start it off with!

I LOVE your desserts! I can't eat gluten, dairy, sugar (for now) or corn, but I love chocolate! Needless to say I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I am going to try this as soon as I can get my hands on some of this special flour!!!

Awesome, a new high-protein flour! And from pumpkin seeds at that - very cool.
I am quite new to this gluten-free scene (as my husband has also recently gone gluten free) and am collecting recipes and any other good flour ideas.
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

Ali, I love your blog- it is very clean, artistically done, easy to read and inspiring! I've spent almost a year on the Specific Carb. Diet, which helped my gut tremendously. Finding out that there are grain-free flours was very fascinating to me. It is fun and challenging to cook like this and in the end, it seems, much healthier anyways. I would like to continue experimenting with grain-free flours. Thanks for all the great recipes! Laura Bergsma

The cake looks amazing. I will make it Vegan as my daughters are vegan and I am wheatless. The protein content of pumpkin flour is amazing.
thank you for all of your wonderful recipes

I am so excited to hear of a high protein flour that is not almond or bean flour. I had allergy testing done thinking wheat would be show up, however, almonds and apples were positive. What a surprise. I have been wondering what other high protein flours I could use to bake! Thanks!

I'm just learning about grain-free baking and would love to try pumpkin flour. The cake is making my mouth water.

Megan G

Yes! Please enter me in the drawing. I am always looking for new, nutritious, gluten-free foods to incorporate into our diet. The cake looks amazing!

I could just imagine how wonderful pasta made with pumkin seed flour would be! I can't wait till it is readily available!

This is the coolest giveaway ever! I didn't even know you could make pumpkin seed flour! I would love to make pumpkin corn muffins with this flour. I posted a link to your blog on mine.

Oh my goodness! Ali your cake looks beautiful!!!! Who would of thought it's made of... sunflower seeds!?
I am EXCITED about this, I have never tried sunflower seed flour, it sounds great!! So my reason for wanting to try it is because it's something that won't hurt my belly and would definitely be a fun treat to experiment with!
Thanks for the giveaway, have a lovely weekend :-)

I am so excited about this flour - now I can make your grain-free chocolate cupcakes! Tree nuts are off limits for me. I can't do gluten, eggs, dairy, or soy either. The thought of a high protein gluten/grain-free flour is really exciting. When will this flour be available and where can I buy it? Oh I hope I win!

Ali--That has to be in the top 10 of the world's most gorgous chocolate cakes!! I know all us reading and looking at it would be happy for just a crumb of it because obviously we couldn't all have a piece, but wow! :-)

Because I have issues with several gf flours, I rely on my homemade rice flour mix. While it's economical and does make great tasting baked goods, it doesn't have the nutritional value of something like this pumpkin seed flour. Those values are quite impressive! I eat pumpkin seeds with no problem so I'm hopeful this flour would work well for me.

I've added info on your post and giveway in a comment in my latest post and will also add the info to my next post so it will get good visibility. :-)

Thanks so much,
Shirley (Braden)

My son follows a wheat free diet and it would be fun to try punpkin seed flour. I also love to try things that are new to us in America, but used overseas.

I love chocolate and I really want to make this cake! I have all the other ingredients ready to go, all i need is the flour so please pick me!

this looks like a cake we made when i was growing up. i would love trying a new flour, i have been too adventurous with baking yet.

I am currently studying nutrition and your site has been an amazing resource for me, especially as I've been trying to master gluten-free baking and convince others that gluten-free can taste good! The pumpkin seed flour sounds like a fabulous, nutritious addition to the gluten-free cabinet and I would love to experiment with it. I posted about the contest on my blog,

Happy Baking!

HI , MY friend sent your web site to me because my 8 yo was just diagnosed with auto immune thyroiditis and her ND says she must be gluten, egg and dairy free! WOW a life change for us and I am sure somewhere there is a blessing! We would love to try the pumpkin seed flour but more inportantly we are thrilled to find egg free ideas-we are getting sick of black beans and corn tortillas-thank you for your good work, Teresa

I love chocolate cake, but honestly never heard of pumpkin seed flour. The cake looks moist and delicious. Until the flour is available, is there a special trick to grinding pumpkin seeds?
Thanks as always for your ability to create amazing good tasting gluten free recipes! You are truly gifted!!

What a great recipe! I cook with coconut flour all the time and will often throw my nuts and seeds into a coffee grinder to get them into a flour too. Such a great high protein/fibre and EFA option.

I am thrilled to see this pumpkin seed flour coming out and can't wait to try it.

While working on recipes for my grain free breakfast cookbook, I tried grinding pumpkin seeds, both raw and roasted for flour to make pancakes. They were absolutely terrible. Needless to say, that recipe didn't make it into the book. Perhaps it would have with a decent flour to start with!

If anyone else is working with a grain free, gluten free diet, please come visit me at

We can be successful if we all work together!

This cake looks delicious!
I'd love to try this pumpkin flour. I'm always experimenting with recipes to find healthy alternatives. The high protein content is exactly what I'm looking for since I'm a protein type.

I also have many friends on gluten-free diets and would love to bake them this chocolate cake that's gluten-free.


all i can say about your fantastic cookbook is that your cookbook is THE cookbook to use. i am checking off every recipe i have tried-- and last night i made the spicy black bean soup. ( and the day before i finally found a store that carries chipotle in powdered form!) so give me the pumpkin seed flour and you will see me happily baking!


I would love to try out this flour. It looks super healthy and that cake sounds delish! If I won, I would need to rely on you to provide a few more recipes. I am not like you when it comes to baking, I need a recipe to follow!

Thanks, ~J

Gosh this would be timely. My mother has been struggling with her current grain free diet as iy is really strict. She was able to cut down on her Rhumatoid Arthirtis meds when on the diet perfectly. She's only 50 btw and has suffered with RA since she was 35. We all believe she's an undiagnosed Celiac, hard to fiagnose when the only thing that would make her able to get a diagnosis would also cripple her entirely. Shes been using almond flour as her sole flour substitute, but I think that after 18 months of this, she's getting weary.

Even I'm not chosen, I'll find a way to get my hands on some and have it shipped to Quebec. I'll check their site first, maybe they already do :)

Thank you for sharing this product!

This drawing is now closed. Thanks everyone for participating! I wish I could give each of you a package of this amazing flour! I will announce the winner tomorrow in my next post.

Yes - to those of you who were wondering if this cake tastes good. It is fantastic! I ate 2 slices for breakfast the other morning with a tall glass of green smoothie! The egg-y flavor isn't there after a day or so - meaning I thought the cake tasted much better the next day.

If anyone else gets their hands on some of this flour and tries this cake recipe please leave a comment here, I would love your feedback.

Thanks! -Ali :)

The cake looks great! I am always looking for new GF recipes, especially since I just found out today that my son is gluten sensitive. And we all love pumpkin at my house.

Thanks for sharing!

This cake looks amazing! Do you know when the pumpkin flour will be available to purcahse? Thanks so much for your blog and delicious-looking recipes. I just found you and can't wait to take a look at your cookbook too!

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