Fall is my favorite time of year. If the weather was like this the whole year I would not complain. With Fall comes pumpkins. I’m usually much more of a sweet potato person, but my son requested I make pumpkin bread.
|Leaves collected by my son|
I decided to try this pumpkin spice bread recipe from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. I used applesauce in place of the oil and instead of using an egg or Ener-G Egg Replacer, I used a banana. The pumpkin bread turned out great. So, after I made the bread I had a lot of pumpkin puree left over. I decided to put it in pancake batter. Big hit with my son. Then I decided to add it to my protein smoothie. So good! I had a pumpkin protein smoothie 3 days in a row. Totally addicted.
|Pumpkin Spice Bread|
Two more favorite recipes are the pumpkin protein bars from Courtney’s Sweets. Which were very easy and delicious. I made them without the frosting. I used CVS protein Powder. My favorite protein powder at the moment. Finally my week of pumpkin heaven ended with making a pumpkin pie. I’m a sweet potato pie girl, but my son insisted on pumpkin. This pumpkin pie recipe from Vegan Spoonful doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. With all of the recipes I used my favorite pumpkin spice from Spice Islands.
|My favorite Pumpkin Spice|
|Pumpkin Protein Bars|
Turns out, pumpkin is not only delicious it’s nutritious too. Pumpkin is a superfood. It’s loaded with vitamins and fiber. Not only is it good for the inside of your body, but it’s also fantastic for the outside. I remember for several months before my wedding in 2001 my esthetician would give me a pumpkin facial once a month. My skin looked flawless for the big day. Here’s a recipe for a DIY pumpkin facial.
|My Pumpkin Pie Smoothie|
My Pumpkin Protein Smoothie!
2 tbs of pumpkin puree
1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla)
1 cup of almond milk (vanilla)
1 tsp of pumpkin spice (my favorite is from Spice Islands)
3-4 ice cubes
Just mix it all together in a blender and voila! Delish!
What’s your favorite way to use pumpkin?
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