Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Everywhere!

Well I'm pretty sure I've eaten pumpkin something at about every meal this week. Almost. And if I didn't I was dreaming about eating it.  So yes, the Pumpkin Spice Latte season is in full force and since it really doesn't have pumpkin in it, we need to eat the real thing (in form of baked goods ;)!

Of course, I have only made treats filled with pumpkin but who am I kidding...things do not change.  So I will show you some pics of the luscious breads and concoctions I've made over the past few weeks.  And don't judge my pictures. All Instagram and I'm bad at taking pictures...

{PaleOMG's Cinnamon Coffee Cake}

{PaleOMG's Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Bread}

{My own Maple Bacon Pumpkin Oatmeal}

Here are a few new one's I've made up.  The Fallcake is just a single serving protein pancake that is super easy to make. The Pumpkin Balls contain chocolate since I needed chocolate. (NEED).  And those are easy as well. Well okay I pretty much only make easy things...oh and both contain pumpkin.duh.

Fallcake for One!

1/4 c. Egg whites or 1-2 eggs

3 Tb. Milk of your choice (I used almond)

3 Tb. Pumpkin puree

1/2 Scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used SFH)

1/2 tsp. Baking powder

1 Tb. Coconut flour

1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Directions:  Blend together eggs, milk, pumpkin puree until combined.  Add dry ingredients until all blended together.  Pour into a well greased pan or griddle and cook until it's burning, I mean until you can tell it has a solid base.  Flip and cook until browned. I topped my Fallcake with some almond buttahh & maple syrup.  Enjoy!

Reggie says hi (MEOW)! Bad picture, sorry.

Chocolate Pumpkin Balls

1/4 c. Melted coconut butter

1/3 c. Creamy almond butter

1/4 c. pumpkin puree

3 Tb. coconut sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

3 Tb. cocoa powder

3 Tb. cashew or almond flour

3 Tb.-1/4 c. coconut flour (depends on mixture absorbency)

Directions:  Mix together all wet ingredients, add dry and stir until all combined.  You should be able to handle the mixture, if not you may need to add a bit more cashew/almond flour.  If too dry, add a splash of milk.  Form into Tablespoon sized balls and refrigerate.  
Great for snacking :)

I think you should try these instead of chugging those Pumpkin Spice Lattes...just saying ;) ENJOY!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Maple Bacon Pumpkin Oatmeal..YUP!

Well I'm back from all the wedding and honeymoon shenanigans and let me tell was fabulous.  I NEEDED a honeymoon!!!!  I'm just not sure how people don't take honeymoons after their wedding, major props to you if you did or plan to do that.  Also, if you are deciding on a place to go, Punta Cana was AWESOME! Specifically the Excellence at Punta Cana...amazing staff, rooms, FOOD, drinks, free things! Pure greatness. 

Anywho, if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen this picture I posted...

So yeah, basically Betty Crocker is going crazy...and I thought how gross. I really wanted to like the whole thing but come on..really??  I decided this would be totally acceptable if I made this from scratch..right?  

This combination got me to thinking on Sunday morning as I was about to make pumpkin oatmeal...wait a minute...
Maple...Bacon...Pumpkin...Oatmeal. Yeah. DONE!  I present  you my recipe for awesomeness. 

Not the most photogenic...but pure delicious.

{Maple Bacon Pumpkin Oatmeal}

1/2 c. organic rolled oats

1/4 c. pumpkin puree

1/4 c. almond milk

1/4 c. water

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2- 1 Tb. Grade B organic maple syrup

1-2 slices  bacon, cooked & chopped into bits

Optional:  1/2 Tb. almond butter 
(Just because it completes me)

Combine oats, pumpkin puree, almond milk, water, and pumpkin pie spice in microwavable bowl on in a saucepan.  Place in the microwave, covered, and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes.  Or place in a saucepan on medium heat and cook until thoroughly cooked.  Next, top with chopped bacon bits, maple syrup, and maybe a dash of cinnamon.

OMG.  I've been missing out. You should try it, just do it.  :)