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It’s that time of year again. . . pumpkin season! It seems that ever since September rolled around, pumpkin-flavored everything is all everyone can talk about.
I mean, I don’t blame them. Pumpkin is delicious, not to mention a health-food. It is packed with fiber to help you feel full longer, and full of nutritious components that help your sleep, heart, vision…It is even a great dietary addition for your pooch!
Need I go on?
That is why I have gathered up my favorite recipes I’ve stumbled upon over the years from some great bloggers (and bakers might I add!). Without further ado. . .
Pumpkin Nutella Cookie Bars – Crazy for Crust
These cookie bars from Crazy for Crust are so thick and rich and comforting. The perfect cold-weather dessert! One cookie will last you for quite awhile before the sweet tooth starts itching for another bite. She says it best in her blog post, “They’re life changing, gooey amazing, OMG bars.” AGREED!
Last fall, the husband and I went to a local pumpkin farm and picked out a bunch of pumpkins to use as decoration for our Halloween party as well as cook, puree and freeze once the party was over. I had bags and bags and BAGS of pumpkin puree in my freezer (thank goodness for a chest freezer when I get these food prep ideas in my head!) Speaking of freezing, these cookies will freeze nicely for about a month. If they last that long without being eaten.
Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie – Dishing Delish
This smoothie recipe from Dishing Delish is da bomb. It’s perfect for those pumpkin spice lovers who don’t want the coffee (or the guilt) but still want that seasonal, delicious and aroma-filled drink to get them going in the morning. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this smoothie for myself in the morning. I always find it a bummer that N is not a fan of pumpkin, but hey, more for me!
For this recipe, you just need a banana, ice, spices, pumpkin puree (can’t go wrong with this kind!), maple syrup (or any sweetener of your choice. I’ve used honey and found it just as tasty), Greek yogurt, milk (I used almond milk), and oatmeal.
I’ve found that leaving out the oatmeal and a spice or two does not hinder the taste whatsoever. I am not huge on a strong spice flavor, but you can certainly adjust the measurements to your taste buds.
Honey Butter Pumpkin Dinner Rolls – Averie Cooks
The minute I found this recipe, I was in love. I love dessert like no other, but I wanted to find a non-dessert use for my bags of pumpkin puree. We had these rolls for dinner one night and have had them several times since.
And you can’t beat the smell of these that travels throughout your home as they are baking. Mmmm….
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles – Seeded at the Table
Who doesn’t love a good snickerdoodle? I grew up with a mother who was a religious baker. She made the BEST snickerdoodles around (and to this day, I will never give out the secret, sorry!) so when I found this recipe, I thought it was a fun spin on a classic.
These snickerdoodles are nice and puffy and soft, more so than a normal cookie.
Cream-Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread – Averie Cooks (again!)
I know I already have a recipe from Averie Cooks, but over the years, I’ve found so many great recipes from her! Her blog is my go-to source for new recipes to try.
Along with growing up with a mother who was a bake-a-holic, I grew up across the street from a sweet elderly woman who always blessed our house with delicious, moist cream cheese-filled pumpkin bread every holiday season. Whoever was home at the moment she delivered it was considered lucky, because it would take mere minutes for that loaf to be in our bellies.
I have not been able to get the recipe from her (yet…) but I have scoured Pinterest for something that gets me close. And boy does this get me close.
This bread is soft, moist, dense, deliciously aromatic and pretty darn close in resemblance to my neighbor’s bread! Something I love about this recipe is that it calls for coconut oil instead of butter or regular oil. I am a big user of coconut oil!
There you have it! I hope you guys enjoyed my top 5 list of favorite pumpkin recipes. Be sure to check out the featured blogs and see what other kind of yummy treats they are baking up.