Well here we are, back to September again. I’m not entirely sure where the summer went; between working and enjoying the hot weather it seemed to disappear in a millisecond! In any case, I am ready for fall. Fall is my absolute favourite season – beautiful crisp mornings, the colours of the changing trees….and pumpkin of course!
Now I know we aren’t into fall yet, but something about coming back to school makes me feel like we’re almost there. As soon as I got back to my apartment after summer break I started craving fall meals – more specifically, pumpkin! With fall just around the corner, I couldn’t help but jump in and start making all things pumpkin!
Today I will spill the beans (or make that pumpkin seeds 😉 ) on two of the new recipes I’ve tried.
For all of you who, like me, are waiting for fall to begin – enjoy!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal:
- 1 packet maple instant oatmeal
- 2/3 cup almond milk
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp pureed pumpkin
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- Pumpkin pie spice to taste
Directions: In a bowl mix almond milk and oatmeal and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Mix in chia seeds, pumpkin, protein powder and spice. Microwave on high for 45 seconds.
Garnish with Nature Valley Pumpkin Raisin cereal.
Note: this oatmeal was creamy and not very thick – just the way I like it – but if you like your oatmeal to be thick use less milk.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:
-1/3 cup pumpkin puree
-1/2 frozen banana, chopped
-1.5 cups of milk (I used almond milk)
-Pumpkin pie spice to taste
-1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
-Splenda to taste
Mix all ingredients in a blender and serve!
Hopefully these pumpkin pie inspired dishes will keep your pumpkin cravings perfectly satisfied – if not stay tuned as I continue my quest for more pumpkin recipes!
For those of you who are tired of all of the pumpkin talk, tune in next time for a brand new dessert recipe that I promise has nothing to do with pumpkins!
Be Bright. Be Bold. Be You.