Autumn has arrived and with it has come crisp fall weather, multi-colored leaves, and all things pumpkin! Pumpkins are a beautiful fall decoration, they make zip lining more fun, and they are very nutritious! Pumpkins contain minerals such as calcium and magnesium and vitamins including vitamin E, C, and B. These vitamins play a role in helping us stay healthy and should be eaten on a regular basis. Here are a couple easy recipes that include pumpkin for a healthy and delicious addition to your diet!
Pumpkin Spice Syrup for Coffee
Pumpkin Spice and all things nice! Here is a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Syrup so that you can make yourself pumpkin spice lattes at home.
- ¾ cups brown sugar
- ¾ cups water
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- Add everything to a small pot, whisk together and bring to a simmer for about 3 minutes. Pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer to strain out the pulpiness.
- Add 1 tablespoon of syrup to your coffee or latte.
- Keep refrigerated.
Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are a healthy and easy breakfast that you can prepare the night before so that you don’t need to worry about making breakfast in the morning! The best part of this recipe is that it serves 2 and the oatmeal tastes like a pumpkin pie😊
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 2 Tablespoons flax seed
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¾ cup milk of your choice
- Chopped pecans (optional)
- In a medium bowl mix together oats, pumpkin puree, flax seed, pumpkin spice, maple syrup and milk
- Spoon evenly into 2 mason jars and cover
- Place in refrigerator overnight
- In the morning, top with pecans if desired
Pumpkin Energy Balls
These are a delicious, easy, and nutritious snack that resemble a granola bar.
- 5-2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
- ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut/sun butter)
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
- ½ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula
- Use a mini cookie scoop or a spoon to scoop out mixture, then use hands to roll into a ball.
- Store in refrigerator for up to one week.