It’s October, so I’m now okay with the pumpkin craziness.
I am also finally falling in line with Jenn’s Halloween themed link-up!
Pumpkin Thing #1: Cold PSL Latte
For some reason the early release of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte was a little much…especially since we were still dealing with hot summer days up here in the twin cities. My disdain for early pumpkin everything did not, however, deter me from trying out the latte in a chilled version in September.
I know. Such a hypocrite. The funny thing is, I haven’t even tried it warm yet…despite the 50 degree weather now.
I recently heard on the radio that there is no pumpkin of any sort in the PSL except for pumpkin spice…which has nothing to do with the orange gourd we carve into at Halloween time. I mean really, when you think about it…pure pumpkin isn’t that great. You need to add that spice and sweetness to really make it into what we think about when we hear the word “pumpkin spice” or “pumpkin pie.”
Pumpkin Thing #2: DIY Pumpkin Puree
Speaking of pumpkin…I did something kind of crazy for me. First of all, I’ve never baked with a lot of pumpkin. I mean I only have 4 pumpkin-related recipes on the blog. That is approximately 100 times less than any other blogger who presents recipes on their blog…especially that whole “healthy living” blog category. 😉
I actually bought a pumpkin pie pumpkin. Did you know those exist?
The ginormous pumpkins we carve aren’t meant to be eaten, their smaller counter part is the one you can go through a good deal of trouble to cut into, dissassemble, bake, scoop out and blend to create your own pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin Pie Puree Recipe
by Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
Prep Time: 2 hours
-pumpkin pie pumpkin
Cut pumpkin in half and remove stem.
Scoop out all of the seeds and strings (aka pumpkin guts).
Place cut down on a greased baking sheet and cover with foil.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1.5 hours. Let cool.
Scoop out flesh and put in food processor until smooth.
Mashed pumpkin is good for 5 days in the fridge.
Yeah… I also bought two cans of pumpkin today. The idea is fun, I felt like a pioneer woman, but I think I will let the good people from Libby’s deal with all that jazz from now on.
Side note: when I searched for pumpkin in my pictures online…this picture of my nephew came up. Adorable. Even though he looks terrified half of the time when the camera gets pulled out.
What have I made with that pure pumpkin goodness?
Pumpkin Thing #3: Pumpkin Pie Banana Smoothie
First I made a smoothie (to Dave’s horror).
In blog land (and the magical world of pinterest) pumpkin smoothies are all over the place! Dave’s reaction made me realize that this treat might qualify for Laura’s “Strange But Good” link-up. I think the rule of thumb should be, “If someone outside of blog land gives you a weird look when you show or tell them about your food item, it’s in.”
Pumpkin Pie Banana Protein Smoothie Recipe (1 smoothie)
-1/4 cup pumpkin puree
-1 cup cold orange juice
-1 tsp pumpkin spice
-1 frozen banana
-2-3 ice cubes
-1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder (I use Skoop B Strong Protein)
Blend together until smooth, pour and enjoy!
- -1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- -1/2 cup cold orange juice
- -1/2 cup water
- -1 tsp pumpkin spice
- -1/2 frozen banana
- -1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein powder
- Blend together until smooth and enjoy!
Making the smoothie gave me the opportunity to use my new smoothie making knowledge I’ve learned at my new job AND try out the sweet Ninja blender I was sent after meeting the lovely people of Ninja at the Healthy Living Summit.The mini blender it came with worked perfectly for a one-serving smoothie! It crushed the ice and frozen banana like a champ…or at least 10 times better than one I used to use!
I drank this number as I munched on a salty snack. Salty + Sweet.
The next item I made should not be considered weird just for the fact that it tasted like what dreams must be made of. I die every time I bit into this deliciosity. Ask Dave–every piece I’ve had I say, “I cannot believe how good this turned out!” along with some derivation of “I’m so awesome.”
I know this is the second time I have teased you with a pumpkin spiced skillet cookie topped with cinnamon glaze pictures (the third time if you follow me on Instagram)
…but this dessert deserves it’s own post. Plus other parts of other posts slash social media bragging about it.
I have a couple more things planned for the remaining bit of pumpkin puree I have left, such as a pumpkin shake (smoothies and shakes ARE different) and more pumpkin skillet cookie. Because it was that good.
The last of the pumpkin craziness of late was purchasing pumpkin spice k-cups (despite the fact that I have a zillion k-cups waiting to be used) and pumpkin creamer (despite the fact that I already have a creamer in the fridge waiting to be used). Sometimes you just deserve a little treat, right Becky?
The pumpkin craze is alive and well around this girl’s apartment…despite my reluctance at the beginning of the season!