Friday, October 14, 2011

Pumpkin Recipes!



One thing I do love about fall is pumpkin!! , I love to light pumpkin scented candles, use pumpkin spice soap and of course I like to bake and cook with it! I wanted to share a few recipes I have made recently.

The first is pumpkin muffins. The other night I made a big pot of chili and thought having some pumpkin muffins to go with the chili sounded yummy. So I made 2 dozen of these muffins and my family said they were delish and went great with the chili. 


Pumpkin Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1t baking soda
½ t salt
1t cinnamon
½ t ginger
¼ t cloves
1/8t nutmeg
¾ cup dark brown sugar or sucanat
3T molasses
¼ c olive oil
2 eggs
1 c pureed pumpkin
¾ c soured milk or buttermilk

In a small bowl combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and brown sugar or sucanat. Set aside. In a mixer bowl combine remaining ingredients. Mix until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix until all ingredients are just combined.

Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray. Using a ¼ cup measuring cup fill each muffin tin. Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes. Let cool on a rack for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing from pan.



I love coffee and years ago I use to buy those flavored coffee creamers. When I became more health conscious I realized these had to go. But sometimes I really miss them. So, instead of giving in and buying them I decided I could come up with a flavored coffee creamer that was healthier and tasted better! A couple of years ago I came up with what is now our fall favorite, must have, coffee creamer… Pumpkin Spice. 



Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer
1 cup half-n-half
½ cup cane juice crystals (can use white sugar instead)
3T canned pumpkin
½ t vanilla
½ t cinnamon
¼ t ginger
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t cloves

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat until cane juice crystals dissolved and ingredients are well combined. Enjoy in a hot cup of coffee. Store in refrigerator. 



My good friend Erica posted this recipe on her blog ( http://www.thesierramama.com/2011/10/paleo-pumpkin-smoothie-recipe.htm  )
and let me tell you, it is fantastic. And it is an easy treat or breakfast to make. I made it yesterday and my daughter’s and I enjoyed it for breakfast..

Pumpkin Smoothie (makes 3-4 smoothies)
Recipe by Erica
 
2 cups vanilla coconut milk (I use the So Delicious brand)
3 dates, pitted
2 frozen bananas (you can use one banana and add ice if you like to get it to the right consistency)
1/2 cup organic pumpkin (I used the Farmers Market brand today but I have pureed pumpkin in the freezer that I will use too)
dash of cinnamon (it was probably about 1/4 tsp)
dash of nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp)

Blend and enjoy!

Stop by and visit Erica’s blog!! http://www.thesierramama.com/ 

 

8 comments:

  1. That pumpkin Creamer sounds absolutely lovely! I think I will make some today, thank you : )

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  2. Yum! My oldest daughter and I are the pumpkin fans. Nobody else. I can't wait to try the coffee creamer! Thanks!
    Love the fall look around here!

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  3. thank you for the link up my friend!!

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  4. Great recipes, going to try the pumpkin creamer. Also, I never heard of pumpkin scented soap - going to have to look for that.

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  5. My jaw fell to the ground when I saw the recipe for pumpkin creamer! I was just thinking about trying to make some, since I haven't been able to find any at the store. Thank you so much!

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  6. Do you have any other recipes for homemade creamers? This sounds delicious!!

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  7. LOVE pumpkin! LOVE pumpkin recipes!! A friend picked up two Sugar Pie pumpkins for me recently and I know, at least one of them will be a smoothie or ??? before this weekend is up:)
    Thanks!
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  8. Thank you for the great pumpkin recipes. I am making a batch of the Pumpkin Coffee Creamer tonight. Yummy! Love fall.
    Jerene

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