Pumpkin, Oh How I Love Thee!

If you know me, then you know that Summer is my favorite season. But there are some things I love about fall too – like FOOTBALL!  One of my favorite things about fall is the pumpkin and spice recipes!  

Here are a few that I love, because I couldn’t pick just one, from some great Clean Eating food bloggers (I link to them if you click on the recipe titles.):

Pumpkin Spice Latte

A home made version of the Starbucks latte, but cheap and clean!

Ingredients

  • I c. strongly brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk (or cow’s milk)
  • 2 T. canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie mix!
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. ginger
  • 1/4 t. ground nutmeg

Instructions

Combine everything except coffee in microwave safe cup microwave until VERY hot – I did it for about a minute and a half pour mixture in to blender and blend until combined and it starts to get frothy pour in to a LARGE coffee cup and add coffee!

I wanted to post this recipe because it is definitely way cleaner than the original starbucks version and it’ll save you those 4 bucks you would have spent!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1/4 c. skim milk

6 Tbsp. water

1/4 c. old-fashioned oats

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1/8 c. canned pumpkin

1/8 c. sliced almonds

1/8 c. water

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder

Preparation:

In a small saucepan, bring milk and water to a boil over medium heat. Add oats, cinnamon and nutmeg. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the liquid is absorbed, stir in pumpkin and almonds. Set aside.

Combine water and protein powder in a separate bowl. Mix with a fork until protein powder is absorbed. Pour protein mixture over oatmeal. Makes 1 serving.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup pumpkin (I used canned and organic)
1 tbsp. agave
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (no sugar added)
2 tbsp. whey protein powder

Directions

Step 1 – Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend till smooth.

Step 2 – Pour it into a pretty glass, find a relaxing place to sit, and sip it slowly for the “full smoothie experience”.

Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Protein Bars
(Makes 15 bars) I should tell you that these bars are not “cookie sweet”. So don’t expect that. They have a very mild and subtle sweetness to them. But the pumpkin flavor is pretty pronounced. So if that works for ya, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups quick oats (the 3 minute kind)
1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup pumpkin (I used canned and organic)
1/2 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
1 cup whey protein powder
2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (no sugar added)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 1 – Roast your oats for 10-15 minutes on a cookie sheet (Or until they turn a nice golden brown). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Step 2 – Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Step 3 – Spread dough to 1/2 inch thickness in a baking dish or 1/2 sized cookie sheet.

Step 4 – Bake for 20 minutes or until the dough has a nice golden brown appearance.

Step 5 – Allow to cool. Slice into bars and store in a Tupperware container or Ziploc bag.

Pumpkin Pasta Surprise

INGREDIENTS

13oz pkg whole grain pasta or brown rice pasta

1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 large carrot finely shredded

1 Roma tomato, chopped into small chunks

1 small zucchini, finely chopped

1 roasted red pepper

15oz pumpkin puree

10oz jar pasta sauce

1 Tbsp low fat plain cream cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, brown turkey for 7-10 minutes or until no pink remains. Drain any fat, return pan with turkey to stove, and add onion and garlic. Saute turkey mixture until onions are translucent. Add carrot, tomato, and zucchini and saute for about 3-5 minutes, until tender.

3. Add red pepper, pumpkin puree, and pasta sauce. Add a bit of water if sauce is too thick. Cover and simmer 7-10 minutes, until zucchini is soft. Add cream cheese, then turn off heat and let cream cheese melt.

4. Add pasta and mix, cover and let stand for 2 minutes. Enjoy!

Do you have a clean pumpkin recipe to share?