Pumpkin Ice Cream

My kitchen is full of gadgets.  All of which I think are completely necessary.  A few years ago I got a Cuisinart Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker for my birthday.  For a while, I didn’t use it because it was right around that time that I decided to stop eating crap all the time…which ruled out ice cream.

Then I discovered that this thing can make ice cream out of pretty much anything–greek yogurt, almond milk, bananas, etc.  In other words,  I can make it as low-calorie as I want.

Still trying to use up all the pumpkin in my refrigerator, I came up with this:

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Pumpkin Ice Cream

  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 1 tablespoon of PB2 (optional)

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Turn on the ice cream maker and pour in the ingredients.  It only takes about ten minutes until your ice cream is ready to go!

These ice cream makers aren’t too pricey.  If you’re interested in getting one, check Bed Bath & Beyond.  You can use a 20% off coupon there.  Sometimes Williams-Sonoma has a deal on these that includes an extra freezer bowl.  It ends up being a great deal.  As always, Amazon.com has a great price on them every day.

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If you like the idea of eating  a bowl of peanut butter, this recipe is for you.

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If you like the idea of eating only what’s left in your pantry, this week of posts is for you.

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Today is the the first full day of clean-out-your-pantry week.  Before I cooked anything, I went through my pantry and threw out things that were severely out of date.  Apparently, there was a time in my life that I thought I was going to make pancakes every day.  I hate throwing away unopened boxes of things, but it is refreshing knowing that everything in there is now edible!

PantryYou might notice that I have enough K-cups to last until the apocalypse.  A friend found them on clearance in a town where K-cups must not be cool.  They are now mine.

In my cleaning out, I found a large box of rolled oats and decided it was time to foray into the world of oatmeal.  I’ve tried it a few times and wasn’t a fan, but I stumbled upon an idea I thought I might actually like.  Here’s what’s in it:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (I used my homemade peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 packet of stevia (optional)

Cook the oats with the 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup almond milk.  Bring the almond milk and water to a boil, then add the oats.  Turn the temperature to medium and cook for five minutes.

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While the oats are cooking, use a blender to combine 1/2 banana and the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

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When the oats finish cooking, add 1/2 cup of the cooked oats to the blender.  Blend the oats, banana, and peanut butter together.

Put the mixture in the blender in a bowl and top with slices of the other 1/2 banana.

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