Guest Post: Pumpkin Please!

This guest post is by one of my favorite bloggers, Taylor! All the pumpkin-y goodness makes me drool at my computer screen. Too bad I can’t get out of bed to make any of it yet. 😦

Enjoy!!

❤ MegaNerd

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Hey girls (& guys?).  It’s Tay here from Taydor Tott!

Pumpkin.  You hear the word, you think Fall.  You think Halloween.  But do you think deliciousness? 

I do!  Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors year round, and come Fall, I’m so excited for all the wonderful pumpkin flavors! 

Here are a few of my favorite seasonal pumpkin things or recipes:

 

Pumpkin Smoothie

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  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2-2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • Cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • Ice
  • Sweetener of choice (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Blend milk, pumpkin, spices, ice, and sweetener in a blender. Top with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Oats

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Cook oats on the stove as you normally would.  (I add 1 egg or 2 egg whites while cooking to make my oats creamier).  Towards the end, stir in 1/2 cup pumpkin, maple syrup, and bit of pumpkin pie spice.  Cook a bit longer to heat it all up. 

Top oats with desired toppings (I love cereals, granolas, and any type of nut butter!  Above picture also topped with pumpkin cream cheese).

 

Pumpkin Pancakes

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Ingredients
Makes 16-18 pancakes

2 cups WW flour
1 cup oats
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 T brown sugar
1 T sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 banana, sliced

In a mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine eggs, vanilla, milk, water, and pumpkin. Add liquid to dry ingredients. Stir mixture until well blended.

Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto griddle. Place 2-3 banana slices on the uncooked side of each pancake. Once each side is cooked, banana will carmelize.

Top with desired toppings (such as vanilla chobani & strawberry jam as shown above).

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Food Network)

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups (12-ounce bag) milk chocolate chips, not semisweet
Nonstick cooking spray or parchment paper

Directions
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line them with parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Beat in the white and brown sugars, a little at a time, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, then mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the batter in thirds. Stir in the chips. Scoop the cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cookies are browned around the edges. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let them rest for 2 minutes. Take the cookies off with a spatula and cool them on wire racks.

Other seasonal pumpkin delights to take advantage of:

  • Pumpkin spice lattes (not only from Starbucks – but most coffee shops serve them!)
  • Pumpkin flavored coffee beans
  • Pumpkin bagels and cream cheese
  • Pumpkin ice cream and frozen yogurt (Ben & Jerry’s, Dreyers/Edy’s, and most ice cream shops!)
  • Pumpkin pies (duh!)
  • Pumpkin scones, cookies and muffins

I hope you all enjoyed my spicy pumpkin post.  Be sure to check me out at my own blog: Taydor Tott!  Just a college girl who’s interested in food, health, fitness, and FUN!  Oh, and pumpkin, of course 😉

– Taylor

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12 Responses

  1. Great post!!

    And don’t forget Pumpkin Butter! 🙂 Trader Joe’s has a great one… I also picked one up from a local farm this weekend… AMAZING!

  2. Oooh, those pumpkin cookies sound fab. Need to make some!

  3. 🙂

    I did think of more last night however! Pumpkin spice lollipops! And yes pumpkin butter…of course! And TJ’s pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin waffle mix!

  4. Oooh that pumpkin smoothis looks delish!

  5. I am yet to try this pumpkin craze that is going around – BUT canned pumpkin is absolutely on my grocery list for this weekend! That pumpkin smoothie looks delish!

  6. What a AMAZING post, thank you! I love all the Pumpkin ideas and plan to make those “pancakes” soon as they look SO GOOD!

    I found a Pumpkin Spice Latte for under $2 at 7-Eleven the other day that was quite good!

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance….after a 100+ POUND weight loss!

  7. Great post! I love anything pumpkin!!

  8. OMG those pumpkin pancakes!!!!

  9. I love all of the pumpkin-ness!

  10. thanks for all the pumpkin recipes!
    jenna

  11. […] used Taylor’s pumpkin pancake recipe, and they tasted great! So fluffy and filling. These would be perfect on Thanksgiving […]

  12. Hooray for new pumpkin recipes! Those pancakes look amazing, as does the pumpkin smoothie. *busily takes notes to try them*

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