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Pumpkin “Starter”

1 May

Yes, haha, I have made a term for a pumpkin starter. :)

Whenever I open up a can of pumpkin, or cook a fresh one, I always add a couple of ingredients to it right away so that it will be ready to add to anything! Unless of course I’m using the pumpkin for a specific purpose already.

But let’s be honest, most of the time I’m opening up the can because I love adding pumpkin to many things. My coffee, shakes, smoothies, yogurt, microwave mug cakes, peanut butter, you name it!

But I have to admit, not even I like just plain pumpkin. It’s got to have at least a little sweetener added! So in order to make things a little bit easier on myself, I always mix in a few ingredients right as I open the can so that it is ready to go! Then I store it in a container (even though it doesn’t last long), so that I can add it to whatever I want as the week goes on. Hope you find this helpful to do as well!

Sometimes, I even eat it like this plain on a spoon or put it on toast :)

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Pumpkin Starter
-1 can pumpkin
-1/2 cup almond milk
-1 packet stevia/2T agave (add more for desired taste)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp cinnamon
Directions: mix altogether and keep in fridge until needing it! Keeps fresh in fridge up to a week (but mine is always gone long before)


Pumpkin Coconut Spread

14 Mar

Yes, another pumpkin recipe.

My toast with the pumpkin coconut spread, and topped with chocolate peanut butter and chocolate chips!

My toast with the pumpkin coconut spread, and topped with chocolate peanut butter and chocolate chips!

I told you, whether it’s fall or spring, pumpkin is my favorite. But I wouldn’t mislead you and give you a recipe that isn’t absolutely 100% delicious. Even if you aren’t a pumpkin fanatic like I am, I am almost certain you will fall in love with this spread. Spread it on toast, eat as a dip with crackers or cookies, or like me, just devour with a spoon! It can also serve as a good add in for shakes and oatmeal to give a little extra flavor!

You know how there is either crunchy peanut butter or creamy, well this can be made in sort of a same way! You can make it with a little texture, and add in shredded coconut, or, smooth and creamy by adding in coconut butter! Don’t know what coconut butter is or don’t have any? You can make your own! It’s just like grinding peanuts into peanut butter, if you food process coconut, you get coconut butter! So delicious by the way :) Anyways, I ask that you give this recipe a shot. It’s not your normal “healthy” dip that lacks flavor. It’s full of that spice-filled taste of fall, along with a hint of pina colada we all love.   I know you won’t be disappointed :)

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Pumpkin Coconut Spread
-1 can of pumpkin
-2 T cream cheese (can be fat free if you are watching calories)
-1/4 cup almond milk
-1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (or 1/4 cup coconut butter)
-1 T coconut oil, melted
-3 packs stevia or 1/4 cup agave
-1 tsp butter vanilla extract (or vanilla if that’s all you have)
-1 T cinnamon
Directions: Blend cream cheese and pumpkin together until cream cheese is mixed thoroughly (either with processor, electric beater, or blender). Add all other ingredients in and combine until even throughout. Taste for sweetness, and add more if you have a big sweet tooth!
Directions for Creamy Variation: Food process 1/2 cup coconut until butter form (or if using store bought butter, make as directions above except for add coconut butter instead of shredded coconut.) Proceed to make as directed above.