3 Healthy recipes with pumpkin

pumpkin spice latte - a fairytale of my own

Pumpkin is so versatile – you can do soups, desserts, main courses and even coffees. Today I am going to share with you 3 of my favorite recipes. I wanted to give you some variety of tastes – a salty recipe, a sweet recipe and a recipe for the soul 🙂

Pumpkin Soup with croutons

This vegan pumpkin soup is super healthy and delicious and is ready in 30 minutes.

 

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Pumpkin Soup with croutons recipe

Prep time – 10 min
Cook time – 20 min

Ingredients:

600-700 grams of pumpkin
1 yellow onion
1 carrot, chopped
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut cream, room temperature
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp curry
Salt and pepper to taste
Toasted pumpkin seeds- optional

Croutons:
5 slices of bread
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and carrot and cook for a few minutes. Then add about 1 -1.5 liters of water (depending on how thick you want the soup to be), the chopped pumpkin chunks and the spices.Boil for about 20-25 minutes or until the pumpkin has softened. Add the coconut cream and blend with a hand blender.*

For the croutons: Preheat the oven to about 180 C. Cut the bread into a square, crouton-sized pieces. Add the spices and the coconut oil. Mix well and bake for about 5-10 minutes.

Serve in bowls and garnish with croutons and toasted pumpkin seeds. You can also add more coconut milk if you like.

*If you don’t have a hand blender, you can use a regular blender but make sure the soup has cooled down before blending it otherwise it may explode from the heat.

 

 Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Those cookies are amazing! I had to make them a few times in order to get these photos taken because they just disappeared in no time.

 

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Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pureed pumpkin**
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup. I used honey
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Melt the coconut oil (if not already melted) and combine with the rest of the wet ingredients (honey, pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla). Mix well. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. If your coconut flour has lumps you can sift it. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well. If your mixture is not thick enough you might need to add a little bit more coconut flour. It should have the consistency of a dough. Using an ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop out dough balls and place them on the baking tray. Bake for about 20 minutes. After you take them out of the oven wait a few minutes to cool down before eating (If you can wait).

**If you don’t have pumpkin puree, you can just bake some pumpkin in an oven for about 30 minutes and mash it with a fork.

 

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

I recently watched a movie and there was a quote that went something like this: “Those who like real coffee, and those who like froufrou drinks with ridiculous names”. Guess which type I am!

I can’t for the life of me drink black coffee. I need to have, the milk, the sweetener, and all that jazz but at the same time, I want to stay at least semi-healthy. This recipe is delicious and healthy. Pretty much the perfect coffee to me.

pumpkin spice latte - a fairytale of my own

Healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe

Prep time – 5 minutes
Serves – 1

Ingredients:

1 cup (about 220mil) milk of choice. I used coconut milk
100ml espresso coffee
1 TBsp pumpkin puree
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of ginger

Directions:

In a small saucepan heat the milk over medium to low heat. Once the milk is heated, add the pumpkin puree, the honey/maple syrup, and the spices and stir constantly until well combined. Whisk the mixture until it becomes frothy. If you still have lumps in the mixture, you can blend it for a few seconds. In a mug, pour the hot coffee, then pour the pumpkin milk mixture and Enjoy!

 

Let me know if you try any of those healthy delicious recipes!

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