The Most Basic Pumpkin Spice Recipes

Fall means one thing ... create all new recipes with pumpkin spice. Well why not follow the trend and make some nutritious and fuelling recipes that fall in line with the season (see what I did there ...). Pumpkin is actually a very nutrient-dense foods - tons of benefits from both the 'meat' and the seeds! Pumpkin puree is generally the version we know best and it's packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Many studies suggest it's link to support good heart health with it's fibre content, potassium and ample serving of vitamins A and C. The seeds provide additional nutritional benefit with ample amounts of minerals including magnesium, as well as a hearty source of protein. See, pumpkin is trendy for a reason!!

Okay, now onto the good stuff. Because pumpkin is so readily available during fall, why not take advantage by including it in a handful of recipes? You can get canned pumpkin puree pretty much year-round, so it's never a bad idea to keep a can on hand (it's great to use as a sub for butter in baking).

Quick tip: check the ingredient list when you're buying the canned stuff - it should only have one ingredient ... PUMPKIN

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Nut Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Tsp of Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 Tbsp of Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Maca Powder
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract

Directions

  • Start by heating nut milk in pot over low-medium heat
  • Slowly stir in ingredients until completely combined
  • Remove from heat & enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of Oats
  • 1/4 Cup of Almond Meal
  • 1/2 Cup of Maple Syrup
  • 1 Can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tsp of Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp of Sea Salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Grease a loaf tin with coconut oil
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl together until completely combine
  • Fold in chocolate chips
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes (use toothpick or knife to check the middle since it is pretty dense)

PSL Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup of Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup of Cashews
  • 1/4 Cup of Walnuts
  • 1/4 Cup of Almond Butter
  • 2-3 Medjool Dates
  • 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp of Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp of Pumpkin Spice

Directions

  • In a food processor, ground up almonds, cashews, and walnuts until they are finely chopped
  • Add almond butter, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, coconut oil and sea salt
  • Mix or blend until combine and use spatula to scrap the sides and contents into a bowl
  • Form into balls and dust with cinnamon
  • Place in fridge for ~15 minutes and enjoy!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Sweet & Salty)

Ingredients

SWEET

  • 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 Tbsp of Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp of Cinnamon

SALTY

  • 1 Tbsp of Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tsp of Pink Sea Salt
  • 1 Tsp of Paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Wash and rinse pumpkin seeds (especially if you've just taken them out of a pumpkin)
  • Mix in either sweet or salty mix
  • Spread out on baking sheet
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes

What are some of your favourite ways to cook/ bake with pumpkin? Comment below!