Pumpkin and Spice and All Things Nice

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” – Henry David Thoreau

This is a little late for my Canadian friends, but honestly, is it ever too late for Pumpkin Spice Lattes and other goodies? So I figured I would share a couple Thanksgiving dessert recipes we’ve tried and really liked!

Pumpkin Spice Latte:

In the Blender, throw in;

2-3 big teaspoons of Pumpkin Puree

2 table spoons of butter (yummmmm!) (Preferably grass fed butter.) You could use coconut milk or regular milk in a pinch, but I have found this being a very healthy choice and delicious!

Then add approximately 1 teaspoon of honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a couple drops of vanilla extract.

Of course you brewed a pot of coffee, or at least half a pot, whatever makes roughly 2 cups of coffee, so you will pour that into the blender. Then blend it all up so you get a great froth.  Serve and enjoy!

A Paleo Version  of Pumpkin Pie: (Although we did cheat with the pie crust)

Pie crust, (we cheated and used a gram cracker base that we purchased pre-made from the store.

In a food processor or blender:

3 eggs

1 can of Pumpkin Puree

½ cup of Coconut Milk

½ cup of honey

1 teaspoon each of; nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract

Pour mixture into Pie crust (of your choice and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Then allow to cool then refrigerate for 2 hours to set.

Pumpkin Spice Ice cream:

In a food processor or blender:

1 can of Pumpkin Puree

1 can of Coconut Milk

½ cup of real maple syrup

1 teaspoon each of; nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract

Blend really well in the blender and then place mixture into your ice cream maker, if you have one.  If not, just pour onto/into a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once it is fairly frozen, but hopefully more on the creamy side you can scoop it up and put into your serving bowls.

I am going to warn you, all three are delicious and it was a nice treat last weekend for my little Canadian Thanksgiving celebration.

Next week I’d like to brag about some of my clients and share the successes they have been having over the last several weeks. So I’ll be sharing some of the data so that you can see how they have progressed with strength training once a week.


Paleo pumpkin pie: http://elanaspantry.com/paleo-pumpkin-pie/

Paleo pumpkin ice cream: http://www.billyparisi.com/homemade-pumpkin-coconut-milk-ice-cream/

Vegan pumpkin spice latte: http://www.therisingspoon.com/2012/10/vegan-pumpkin-spice-latte.html