Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pumpkin on Pumpkin on Pumpkin

It's only the very beginning of fall, and I've already made things including pumpkin-on-pumpkin-on-pumpkin!
But, luckily, I'm not even near sick of it! The smell is enough to make me keep it around for another three months!

Aside from my clean pumpkin cupcakes, and my cinnamon pumpkin spice pancakes, I've also made banana pumpkin oatmeal mini muffins and the best pumpkin spice mug cake ever! (Along with multiple pumpkin oatmeals, including two delicious baked pumpkin oatmeals! Can you say Heaven?!)

I feel like you guys deserve to have these recipes for yourself, so this post is to all of you pumpkin lovers out there! 
Mini Banana Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins
The calories for mine were actually about 34 each, but I miscalculated at first! (Not that it even matters...)

2/3 cup dry oats*
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup water*
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
dash of salt
dash of nutmeg
dash of cinnamon
dash of pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp packed light brown sugar
6 packets (1/4 cup) of sweetener/Stevia
1 tsp butter, melted for a few seconds (you can sub this with canola or coconut oil, if wanted)
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
1 medium ripe banana (easier to mash and moister when REALLY ripened!)
1 cup of water

*note: I actually used 1 packet of cinnamon spice instant oatmeal + 1/4 cup dry old fashioned oats because I didn't have enough oats to use just the normal dry. If you use just dry, you might need more liquid considering I'm not 100% sure how much it actually equaled altogether. But, keep in mind that the instant oatmeal packets WILL work!


Chop oats in a processor or blender for about 5-7 pulses.
Let soak in about 2/3 cup of water for 10-20 minutes.
Heat your oven to 350 (175 degrees celscius).
Add baking powder to oat mixture. Stir till foam-y type texture appears.
Add in vanilla. Stir again.
In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sugars.
In another separate both, mash banana and pumpkin together. Add to the flour mixture.
Add in the oat mixture.
Stir thoroughly.
Add in about 1 cup of water.
Spray cupcake/muffin tins, or apply liners.
Add in your mixture with an ice cream scoop for equal portions.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Optional: enjoy with peanut butter because I promise you, they are THE perfect match
These muffins stay moist for DAYS... Definitely a pro to adding ripened banana to your recipes!

Pumpkin Microwave Mug Cake + Almond Milk "Ice Cream"

Ingredients (for ice cream, since it takes at least 2 hours to freeze):
1 cup of almond milk
1 packet of Stevia/sweetener
dash of salt
dash of cinnamon
any other add-ins you want! (To flavor your ice cream)
*I used 1/4 a packet of strawberry shortcake flavored Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, and it tasted EXACTLY like strawberry ice cream. Though the consistency was obviously a bit different, I 100% recommend investing in some $1 Frosting Creations packets! The chocolate almond, mocha, cinnamon roll, and strawberry shortcake are my favorite so far!

Mix all ingredients together in a freezer-safe bowl.
Freeze for 2+ hours.
Enjoy with a warm treat, or on it's own with some toppings!

*Inspiration from here!*
Ingredients (for pumpkin microwave mug cake):
2 tbsp canned pure pumpkin puree
2 tbsp dry oats
1/4 tsp baking powder
dash of cinnamon
dash of salt
dash of pumpkin pie spice
dash of nutmeg
1 tbsp almond milk
1 egg white
1 packet of stevia
sprinkle of brown sugar

about 1/2-1 tsp nut butter (optional)
banana slices (optional)

Mix all ingredients very well in a microwave-safe mug.
Microwave for 1-2 minutes. Use your spoon or fork to feel around the edges of the cake to see if it'll slide out okay, or if it needs more time to "bake".
(I didn't stir mine enough the first time, hence the egg white showing... Oopsies! Still incredibly delicious, though)
When done, carefully turn over your mug onto a plate. Your cake should slide right out.
Serve with whatever you want, but I recommend some ice cream, because the warm and cold contradict perfectly! Also, PEANUT BUTTER!
If you don't have oats, you can for sure use any type of flour in replace of! I got inspiration from both Blogilates + Kiss My Broccoli for this one!
Just a little peak inside this beauty!  

Let me know if you guys want any baked oatmeal recipes, or any more recipes period! Though I eventually may want to create my own cookbook, in the meantime I'd love to share recipes with all of you lovely people!  Have a happy Sunday, everyone!

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