Fall is days away from officially arriving, and we can certainly feel it in the air. One of my favorite things about fall is the seasonal foods, most of all pumpkin. To celebrate the season, I’ve incorporated pumpkin into two foodie favorites: pancakes and lattes.
First up is the pumpkin pancakes. These pancakes are wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, have no added sugar, and are 100% delicious.
– 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
– 1/3 c pumpkin purée (for regular pancakes just use 2/3 banana or 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce)
– 2 egg whites OR 1/4 c Greek yogurt
– 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk OR milk of choice
– a few drops of liquid stevia or 2 tsp of organic pure cane sugar
– pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
*can also add cinnamon if you like
- Blend the oats in a blender to make oat flour
- Add remaining ingredients and mix in blender or with a hand blender (if you use a regular blender you may need to stir the mixture with a spoon to assist the blender)
If the mixture is too thick, slowly add in some more milk or some water. If you make a mistake and add too much liquid, you can fix it by adding coconut flour little by little until you’ve reached the desired consistency.
3. Cook pancakes as you normally would in a pan or on a griddle lightly greased with coconut oil
I like to top my pancakes with nut butter, but top and eat as you like. Other popular toppings are pure grade A maple syrup or pure raw honey.
Fast forward 8-10 hours later. You’re home from work, done running errands or cleaning the house. It’s finally time to relax. Skip the Starbucks on the way home and instead, snuggle up with a steaming cup of homemade hot pumpkin or a homemade pumpkin latte.
Ingredients for Hot Pumpkin:
– 1 c unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
– 1/4 c pumpkin purée
– pumpkin pie spice (amount you desire)
– liquid stevia, honey, or organic pure cane sugar (nothing artificial, please!)
- Heat the milk, pumpkin, and spice in a small pot on the stove on low-medium heat and stir with a whisk until the pumpkin is liquified and the mixture is steaming
- Pour into a mug, add in your sweetener, stir and enjoy
*For a pumpkin latte simply add in 1/4-1/2 c of coffee into your mixture while it is heating up on the stove.
Hot pumpkin is perfect for the late afternoon or evening when you want something warm and delicious with no caffeine. The ingredients are pure and simple, so there’s nothing to second guess. What I love most about these recipes is that they prove that you can enjoy the flavors and tastes of the season without sacrificing your health or breaking the bank. Many of the ingredients crossover and can be used in even more recipes, stretching your dollar and food very far.
So shop, cook, kick back and enjoy 🙂 …peacefully