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.
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
- Preheat oven to 375, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease
- Mix together all dry ingredients
- Add pumpkin oil, eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat untill well mixed.
- Add chocolate chips, mix till well combined
- Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 13-14 mins or untill lightly brown on edges.
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
- Place all ingredients in a blender, blend untill smooth and pour into a tall glass. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and enjoy!