All posts tagged: #pumpkin

Pumpkin Seed Chocolate Clusters

So I’m 23 and I’ve never roasted pumpkin seeds before. Better late than never right? Instead of roasting any old seeds from a pumpkin at your grocery store, we went all out and picked our own pumpkin. We spent the day at a family farm and spent an hour wandering the pumpkin patches searching for the best looking pumpkins.  We spent three hours carving the monsters, but at the end were left with a massive bowl of slimey pumpkin seeds. Once washed and roasted with a tad of salt these quickly became my favourite afternoon snack. Such a satisfying crunch and saltiness. Having so many seeds I sought to find a way to use them… That naturally included dark chocolate. My weakness! If you like Turtles than these will be your jam. Dark chocolate goodness, flaked sea salt, and chewy caramel, mmmm what could be better? Let us know how you like these !   Ingredients: 2 C pumpkin seeds, rinsed and patted dry 1 tbsp EVOO sea salt, for sprinkling 2x 100g bars of Lindt …

Better than Starbucks – Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yes we are fully embracing fall and I know sure well that you will be bombarded with pumpkin-this and pumpkin-that.    In and effort to reduce my sugar consumption I am going cold turkey and giving up my sugary Starbucks daily drinks. There’s no lying that when their Pumpkin Spice Latte was release for fall I had 11 of them in the first week. Sure, I got them made with Starbucks’ new coconut milk, and always had them made half sweet, but there’s no kidding that I was sucking back 500 calories of pure sugar every morning. But I needed a substitute, and fast. I have a Nespresso espresso machine and milk frother that I LOVE so homemade lattes are totally possible. I’m proud to say this recipe beats the Starbucks artificially flavoured drinks for me. Sure, they take a little longer to make, but your waistline and blood sugar spike will thank you.  These are totally vegan, made with almond milk, and homemade coconut cream as a topper instead of whipped cream. Also, the …

Incredibly Easy Pumpkin Scones

In need of a little pick-me-up? How about a warm, light, flakey, spiced pumpkin scone, it’s finally the weekend! Our family had these for Thanksgiving breakfast. They took my mom 20 minutes to whip up, and even shorter for my family to devour all of them. Needless to say, I didn’t have much time to snap photos before the vultures (my siblings) swooped in.  My mom made me an entire batch today to freeze. She puts them in individual freezer bags, so I can pull them out on the weekends and have a warm breakfast. Go mom!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Bars with Candied Walnuts

Just in time for Thanksgiving! This year, we decided to stray a little from the norm of pumpkin and sweet potato pies and try our hand at adding a little something modern to the traditional. I’ve had a craving for cheesecake ever since the Japanese style cheesecake revolution has hit Toronto. Anyone else seen those line for Uncle Tetsu’s!? So why not try making our own!

The Epitome of a Fall Breakfast – Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

As the days are getting shorter and the air gets colder, I start to crave warmer and heartier breakfasts. I try to fill up on protein in the mornings, and keep sugar to a minimum, giving me plenty on energy to get me to lunch without a mid-morning snack. For years now, I usually have one of two things for breakfast: a greek yogurt parfait, or a bowl of steel cut oats. The yogurt parfaits generally take me from spring to summer, but when the air gets colder I transition into steel cut oats when I need some warmth to coax me out of bed in the early mornings. Not to brag or anything, but I think I’ve got steel cut oats perfected. My family makes a pot of these every weekend, and I’ve tried every brand of oats, every cooking method (saucepan, crockpot, microwave, and oven), and every flavour combination. I’ve never shared any of these recipes on the blog, but I’m going to start now. (Get ready for my apple-pie oats, coconut cream …

Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Cookies with Skor Bits

Pumpkin season is HERE and I couldn’t be more excited! It signifies the arrival of fall, the appearance of flannel plaid shirts and little black leather jackets, the biting feeling of a cool morning breeze, and the smell of cranberries, apple cider, and cinnamon. Most importantly, it opens the door for so many creative culinary creations (did you see that alliteration?).