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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place dates and oats in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add in remaining ingredients and process until a sticky mixture forms.
- Scoop into a silicone mold, mini brownie pan, or drop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!
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,
Now, I’m off to make myself something with pumpkin for breakfast!
- Do you like pumpkin all year round?
- What’s your favorite pumpkin flavored thing to make?
- Have you ever made homemade pumpkin puree?