Fall in American no longer means the leaves are changing colors or the weather is get cooler… it means pumpkin spice everything! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice Jell-O pudding, pumpkin spice creamers and cookies and liquors!
And, you know what? I friggin LOVE it!
Here’s my logic…
Fall=pumpkin spice everything.
Therefore, Sara+pumpkin spice everything= love.
(Undergrad philosophy 101 did teach me something after all.)
However, I don’t enjoy how pumpkin spice everything usually means processed everything. So, I’ve made a few deliciously non-processed pumpkin-laden things over the past few weeks and thought I’d share. (especially since the last time I posted was way way way way too long ago).
Pumpkin Spice Oat Bars
- 2.5C rolled oats
- 1 tsp powdered stevia
- 1 TBPS cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- dash of all spice
- 1C pumpkin puree
- 1 TBSP vanilla
- any other add-ins you enjoy (craisins or fresh cranberries with a little extra melted honey are a great addition! and I usually add in a scoop or two of protein powder to make them a more well-rounded snack)
- TIP: add a dash of almond milk if it looks too dry or a little more pumpkin
Mix dry, add wet, PRESS (really press) into a pan (smaller pan if you want em thicker, bigger pan if you want em thin… but the thinner they are the more likely they are to crumble!)
Bake in 350 degree oven for ~10-12 minutes or until the tops are dry to the touch.
Overnight Slow-cooker Pumpkin Butter
- 1 medium “pumpkin pie” pumpkin
- 1/2C coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp of all spice
- 2 TBPS cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 C water
- Gut the pumpkin like you would a jack-o-lantern. (Clean and roast the seeds if you love some peppitas on your oatmeal like I do).
- Split it in half and place flesh side down in a casserole dish with about 1 in of water in the bottom.
- Roast in 350 degree over until you can pierce the skin easily with a knife.
- Allow to cool and then skin the pumpkin.
- Place pumpkin flesh and all other ingredients in a crockpot.
- Allow to cook on low overnight (8 hours) or on high for ~4 hours.
- Puree in a high-end blender or with a blender stick.
- Enjoy on everything… even cardboard. 😀
TIP: if you’re having a hard time blending it add some apple cider/juice to it to help the process.
Enjoy all the tasty pumpkin treats this season! And, feel free to share your faves below!