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Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Pumpkin Series: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It's Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeen! Today is my second favorite holiday, after Christmas (of course). My parents always go a bit overboard on holidays, and Halloween is no exception. Every year our house was transformed into a spooky set-up where my parents would mess with the the pre-teens but take off their masks and turn on the lights for the babes. I associate Halloween with smells - pumpkin slime on my hands, a pillowcase full of chocolate, plastic costumes. It also reminds me of cinnamon and nutmeg, two staples of this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie from intern Macy. Tonight may be all about candy, so fuel up this AM with a protein and pumpkin! This also makes a great breakfast or snack for kids!



From Macy:


1 cup plain Greek yogurt 
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk 
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie puree)
1 T pure maple syrup (or honey, blackstrap molasses, coconut sugar) or stevia to taste
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. all-spice
Ice cubes


Blend all ingredients until smooth. Top with a dash of cinnamon and slurp out of your favorite glass.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October Pumpkin Series: Pumpkin Maple Granola

Happy Hallo-week! We're almost to the end of October, but my interns have two more great recipe adaptations to share. This Pumpkin Maple Granola, adapted from Minimalist Baker, is sure to please and is a great option for nursing mamas since it contains galactogogues oats and flaxseed. Dig in!



From Kayla: 

I’ve always loved fall. When blessed with the vision of fall colors, I’m absolutely in a state of bliss. The crisp air refreshes my lungs as I inhale the warm smells of the season. Living in Tennessee, we had three huge trees in our front yard. I would volunteer myself to rake the leaves; at a young age, I’d discovered the feeling of pure Zen. My parents would buy the trash bags with jack-o-lantern faces on them. After jumping into the leaf piles a few times, I would stuff these bags with the leaves I’d raked. We would have enough leaves to line our ½ acre long driveway with these bags. I loved dressing up for Halloween, and you better believe my costumes were always on point. But my best memories of fall were not of candy or scary masks, but of good home cooked comfort food and the array of colors outside my southern childhood home.

These days, I have my own ideas of comfort food. Thick oatmeal, creamy pasta, steamy lattes, rustic soup and chunky granola are among the front runners. This pumpkin maple granola was adapted from the Minimalist Baker, using what I had on hand. While they match the pumpkin them much more, I was out of pepitas. So I added cashews and macadamia nuts, along with a couple tablespoons of flax seeds to boost the omega-3. I replaced regular sugar with brown sugar to incorporate a deeper, rich molasses hint. I also used a roasting pan for my granola and baked it all in one batch. I brought some of this to share with my coworkers and it was a huge hit! I hope you enjoy.

Pumpkin Maple Granola
Adapted from Minimalist Baker


3 cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups raw pecans
½ cup cashews
¼ cup macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons flax seeds
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup pumpkin puree


Preheat oven to 340 F. Mix oats, nuts, spices, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, maple syrup and pumpkin puree and whisk. 

Pour over the dry ingredients and incorporate with a wooden spoon.

Spread evenly onto two baking sheets or in a large roasting pan. Bake for 23-33 minutes. For chunky granola, don’t worry about stirring. If you like it more consistent, stir halfway through.

Remove from oven when granola is golden brown and let cool completely. It will crisp up as it cools.


Monday, October 13, 2014

October Pumpkin Series: Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

October Pumpkin Series is  back! Check last year's awesome pumpkin recipes, like Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Chili, and No Bake Pumpkin Cookies, or take a gander at my favorite pumpkin recreation - my Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte. This year, interns Macy and Kayla are hard at work adapting and experimenting with some of the most delicious pumpkin recipes of the blogosphere. It may be October 13th already, but we have plenty of October left to feature these amazing orange gourds. 

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe that you want us to adapt?

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes
Adapted from Paleo Grubs


1/4 cup pumpkin puree
¼ C almond milk
1 tbsp honey
3 eggs
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted, plus additional for pan
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda


Assemble ingredients:

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – the coconut flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda. Then in a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients – the pumpkin puree, almond milk, honey, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Stir together until just combined.

Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet to medium heat. Coat pan with coconut oil. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet. Cook for 3-5 minutes until the bottom is cooked through, and then flip. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm topped with sliced almonds, sunflower seed butter, a drizzle of maple syrup, smashed raspberries, banana slices, chocolate chips - the possibilities are endless!