Who doesn’t love a healthy snack. This weeks all about Pumpkin! This vegetable is colorful, packed with nutrients, and easy to use in slimmed-down, comforting recipes. Here are 6 ways to use pumpkin puree in your kitchen. Plus, the recipes are simple to make!
Did you say Pumpkin Cream Sauce?
You don’t need a pumpkin spice latte when you can sip on soup instead. The best thing about a cream sauce? It’s incredibly versatile, meaning it can be used as a dip or spread for toast, mixed in pasta dishes, as a base for soups, and even atop meats to add a rich, smooth texture.
And, when you’re using pumpkin, you’re not only getting that velvety consistency, but you’re also getting a dose of antioxidants, like carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, and vitamin A, to improve brain, skin, and eye health.
There’s nothing like waking up on a lazy Sunday morning to a plate full of pumpkin spiced waffles. Perfect for the fall season, the pumpkin is earthy and warming to the body, and it blends nicely with some brown sugar on top.
But don’t be mislead, these are still quite healthy, as the recipe calls for coconut oil and pecans as a topper, so you’re getting a hearty dose of heart-healthy fats and satiating protein in each bite.
And, if you’re looking for something for a quick, weeknight breakfast, you can prepare pumpkin overnight oats, so you’ll wake up with a homemade meal ready and waiting.
Thinking of whipping up a classic batch of chocolate chip cookies, but worried about packing on the pounds? Add some pumpkin to your mix for a filling, nutrient-dense, and lighter recipe that still tastes great.
And, thanks to additional fall spices and flavors, like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and ginger, these cookies are both sweet and savory, hitting all those taste buds.
Plus, they only take 20 minutes to bake, so you won’t have to wait too long to indulge!
As an Oat Bar
Oat bars are definitely a diet staple: Accessible for on the go noshing, a quick pre-workout snack, a late night indulgence that’s not too sugary or rich, or a mid-day bite to avoid the afternoon slump, the list can go on and on. (And, here are a few easy snack ideas.)
And, when you add pumpkin and chocolate chips for extra sweetness and flavor, it makes the bar that much better. Plus, it’s still healthy, as dark chocolate provides antioxidants and pumpkin is high in carotenoids and vitamin A, as well.
Each bar clocks in at a mere 128 calories (perfect caloric amount for a snack), and it’s even vegan and gluten-free.
In a Chia Pudding
A quick, instant breakfast on a busy morning is the classic chia pudding, especially when you can make it the night before. And, you’ll wake up with that healthy punch of protein and good fats, such as omega 3’s, to power your brain.
And, by adding pumpkin, you’re thickening the texture even further, so it’s super filling and creamy. Plus, pumpkin is on the sweet side, so it’ll work well with the more neutral-flavored chia seeds and added spices.
- Pumpkin & Choc Chop Oat Bar: ambitiouskitchen.com/2013/10/healthy-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-oat-bars-vegan-gluten-free/
- Mango Chia: leaf.tv/videos/mango-chia-parfait/
- Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Cookies: cookingclassy.com/pumpkin-oat-chocolate-chip-cookies/
- Pumpkin Cream Sauce: thisgalcooks.com/vegan-pumpkin-cream-sauce/
- Pumpkin Spice Waffles: lovelylittlekitchen.com/pumpkin-spice-waffles/