Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere!

Pumpkin season is in full effect around here right now.  Pumpkin flavored everything!  While I do enjoy a good one pump Pumpkin Spice Latte every once in a while, or a pumpkin Greek yogurt,  I’d much rather make something at home using good old Organic Pumpkin Puree.  It’s actually really easy to make too!   Here’s a video tutorial to show you how.  I like to make it and freeze it to have all year-long.  When I’m not feeling as ambitious I just stock up at Costco 🙂

Not only does pumpkin taste good, but there are a ton of great health benefits as well.

  • It’s a good source of fiber with 3 grams per cup which helps keep you full longer.
  • Pumpkin has beta-carotene which helps prevent cancer
  • It helps keep the skin wrinkle free
  • Pumpkin is rich in the amino-acid tryptophan which is important in the production of serotonin which boosts our mood
  • It’s a good source of potassium, actually more than bananas!
  • It contain a good amount of Vitamin C
  • Pumpkins can help protect the eyes from cataracts and degeneration with their Vitamin A content.

I made these pumpkin bites to take to our Stroller Strides potluck last week and they quickly became The Love Nugget’s new favorite granola bar.

Pumpkin Bites

Pumpkin Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. raw organic honey
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place dates and oats in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and process until a sticky mixture forms.
  4. Scoop into a silicone mold, mini brownie pan, or drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Cool and enjoy!
http://myhealthyhappyhome.com/2013/11/03/pumpkin-bars/

They were also a big hit at the get together and are a great healthy snack to have on hand.

Here are a few other pumpkin recipes we love in our house,

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancake 

Pumpkin Hemp Muffins 

Pumpkin Hemp Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie 

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Scramble 

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Scramble

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait 

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Latte

Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites 

Now, I’m off to make myself something with pumpkin for breakfast!

QUESTIONS – 

  • Do you like pumpkin all year round?  
  • What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored thing to make?  
  • Have you ever made homemade pumpkin puree?  

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Comments

  1. These little bites sound super good!! They would definitely make for the perfect snacks. And I would definitely make these all year round. I have decided that pumpkin should be seasonless ;).

  2. Yum! I love pumpkin everything this time of year! My favorite to bake is pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, which I need to revamp somewhat to make a little more healthy.

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I just made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this past weekend and loved them! I’m posting the recipe soon!

  3. Yum! I absolutely love pumpkin, so I eat it year around. 🙂 Can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I don’t eat it as much during the summer as during the winter. I’m definitely going to make some homemade to freeze for this summer though!

  4. Ohhh I must try those protein balls!

  5. I’m obsessed with pumpkin right now! It’s definitely one of my favorite things about fall. All these recipes sound amazing!

  6. I’ve been meaning to try the pumpkin scramble, but keep forgetting time after time. I almost feel like I’m not meant to eat it since it keeps slipping my mind, Ha!

    Thanks for sharing all the recipes, Giselle! Have a fabulous rest of your weekend.

  7. I do love pumpkin, but not quite as much as I have in years past for whatever reason. Pumpkin bread is one of my favorites, so I think I’m going to try out your pumpkin bread recipe today!

    • Giselle Schroer says:

      I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year but it’s definitely on my list of things to bake soon! Hope you enjoy it if you make it 🙂

  8. Those bites look amazing! As does that parfait!

  9. I have been loving me some pumpkin lately too! In fact, I’m already turning orange!! lol