Pumpkin Smoothie

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I know that Fall and Winter don’t usually scream “Smoothie time!”, but this smoothie will have you thinking differently. ¬†After all, doesn’t fall mean pumpkin everything? ūüôā ¬†This is a pumpkin smoothie that is beyond delicious, incredibly good for you, and very filling. ¬†In case you aren’t already familiar with some of the excellent health benefits of pumpkin, here’s a pin explaining some of them.

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Pretty awesome, huh? ¬†So, I think the pumpkin says it all! ¬†Let’s get to the recipe!

PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2-3/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Almond Butter
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Pumpkin pie spice, to taste
  • Stevia, to taste

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend till smooth.

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Transfer to a cup to serve.

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Perfect Fall/Winter smoothie! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

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Yummy, yummy, yummy!  Summer is coming to a close, fall is getting close which means the season of everything pumpkin is right around the corner!!!  This is great news not only for our tastebuds, but also for nutrition!  Pumpkin is great for you and has lots of vitamins and minerals!

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Notice that the pin revolves around pumpkin and the immune system? ¬†Another great thing about pumpkin season is that it coincides with the beginning of the dreaded cold and flu season. ¬†It’s great, because pumpkin is excellent for the immune system! ¬†Yay!

Okay, so we know pumpkin is good for us,¬†but let’s talk about the taste! ¬†It’s delicious!! ¬†A lot of pumpkin treats this time of year are baked goods, and a lot of baked goods means a lot of gluten. ¬†If you’re one of the individuals that avoids gluten, this could mean bad news for you. ¬†However, in addition to this pumpkin bread recipe being moist and delicious, it’s also gluten free!!! ¬†Double yay! ¬†Another plus is that it’s super easy to make…just a few ingredients in a blender or food processor into a bread pan and into the oven. ¬†Wa-la, pumpkin goodness!

Before we get to the recipe, I do want to mention that after making this basic recipe, I realized that next time I would probably add chopped walnuts and raisins for sure.  This recipe is fantastic as is, but add-ins, such as raisins, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, coconut, or chopped nuts of your choice, are completely fine and definitely something to keep in mind!

GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN BREAD

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey (I used maple syrup)
  • 15-ounce can organic pumpkin puree (make sure the can lining is BPA free)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or combine 1 1/2 tsp. worth of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a bread pan with parchment paper (as shown Рthis will come in handy when taking the bread loaf out of the pan after baking).  Lightly grease the pan and paper.

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2.) Add the oats to a food processor or blender and process on high until it reaches a consistency of gritty flour.

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3.) Add the rest of the ingredients to the oats in the food processor and process on high until completely combined and smooth.

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4.) Poor the batter into the prepared bread pan and bake in the oven for 33-35 minutes.  Take the bread out of the oven and poke a toothpick in the center of the bread.  If the toothpick comes out clean, allow the bread to cool in the pan.  If not, cover the top of the bread with aluminum foil (this will protect the top from getting burnt while the inside is cooking completely) and place back in the oven for 3 minute increments until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.  Let the bread cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes.

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5.) Remove the bread from the pan and use a knife to cut into slices.

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6.) Transfer slices to a plate and serve.

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You’re going to love this stuff! ¬†So good and so good for you! ¬†Happy pumpkin season! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā

No Bake Pumpkin Bites

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You will not believe these are actually good for you once you taste them!  Hokey Pete, these are delicious!  These cookies are full of great ingredients like oats, honey, almond butter, and almonds.  Of course with it being the season for all things pumpkin, the main ingredient is PUMPKIN!  Pumpkin is so great for you, and that is a blessing since it is SO yummy!

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Look at all those great benefits!  I LOVE when there is a food that tastes so good for you, is versatile, and is actually good for you!

Anyway, these pumpkin bites will not disappoint! ¬†If you are in the mood for no bake cookies, but don’t want to put a bunch of junk in your body, then look no further than these precious little bites!

NO BAKE PUMPKIN BITES

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten free oats
  • 3/4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp. alcohol free vanilla
  • 3-7 Tbsp. almond meal

Directions

1.) In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients except the almond meal and mix well.  Add the wet ingredients and stir until completely mixed together.

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2.) Add the almond meal 1 Tbsp. at a time until the mixture is at your desired consistency (you want to be able to roll it into balls – so not to sticky and wet, but not too dry either)

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3.) Roll into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter, and place the balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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4.) Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours, then take out and place the balls in an air tight container and store in the refrigerator, or you can store them in the freezer, depending on how “frozen” you like them when you eat them.

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Oh my gosh, these are so good!

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Seriously, I could eat the whole batch!

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Good thing they are good for me! ¬†Enjoy! ūüôā