Pumpkin, Pumpkin

It’s Halloween Eve, or Mischief Night here in New England.  Is anyone tired of all the pumpkin coffee’s and treats out there?  I will confess I am not. I love pumpkin and the spices that go with it just warm me up.

Today I am sharing two recipes. One for  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies that make a great treat to bring to any gathering. Believe me, the plate I brought to share with friends went quickly. The second recipe is for a get you moving protein pumpkin smoothie. I’ve been doing smoothies for a couple of weeks now in an effort to help with a health issue I have going on.

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PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • t tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 15 oz can of organic pumpkin puree (Trader Joe’s has amazing stuff for only $1.99, stock up its seasonal)
  • 1 cup of coconut oil (again Trader Joe’s has the best deal on this)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk or non dairy milk (coconut, almond or soy work great)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of your favorite chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients
  3. Add pumpkin oil, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat untill well mixed.
  4. Add chocolate chips, mix till well combined
  5. Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 13-14 mins or untill lightly brown on edges.

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Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup of milk or non dairy milk like coconut, almond or soy milk
  • your favorite protein powder ( I use Trader Joe’s Vanilla Hemp Protein Powder)
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp Matcha tea powder (optional, I pick this up at Vitamin Shoppe, though Trader Joe’s is carrying one too that is sweet and has tropical flavors added to it)
  • nutmeg for garnish
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, blend untill smooth and pour into a tall glass. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and enjoy!
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