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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Boom Chicka Pop and a Greek Yogurt Twist

I wish I had thought of this myself, but I didn’t.  BoomChickaPop is an awesome low-calorie snack that I have had many times.

Book Chicka Pop

But this…this sounds amazing.

Pumpkin and Greek Yogurt

 

Just a little pumpkin and cinnamon on top of vanilla greek yogurt.  Yum.

 

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Yesterday had to be peanut butter day.  I’m pretty sure I ate peanut butter at every meal.

Today just might be pumpkin day.  I usually buy pumpkin puree at Sam’s Club, so the cans are really big.  Once I open the can, I feel like I have a clock on it which translates into eating pumpkin as much as possible over the next couple of days.  I opened a can when I made my pumpkin pie smoothie a few days ago, so the clock ticks.

Today’s pumpkin treat?  Pumpkin pie oatmeal.Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I’m liking this oatmeal thing for one very important reason.  These last two days that I have eaten oatmeal for breakfast, I haven’t been ravenously hungry all morning.  It feels me up more than any other breakfast I make–even eggs!  To make this breakfast yourself, you need:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon of PB2 (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin butter (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
ingredients for pumpkin oatmeal

Yes, I chose this picture because of mom’s cameo in the top right corner

Cook the oats on the stove top.  Bring the 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1/2 cup of water to a boil (Don’t let it boil over like I did!).  Add the 1/2 cup of oats.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Blend the 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon of PB2, 1 tablespoon of pumpkin butter, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and the spices (I put measurements, but you can put as little or as much as you like.  I like a lot!).

When the oats finish cooking, add 3/4 of them to the blender and blend.  Add the blended mixture to a small baking dish.  Add the remaining oats to the mixture.  This gives a little more texture to the oatmeal.  If you blend it all, it tastes more like pudding…which is fine if that’s what you like!

Add a little cinnamon to the top, and place the baking dish under the broiler for about 5-7 minutes.  This makes the top of the oatmeal a little crusty and heats up the mixture.

pumpkin oatmeal

I liked this just as much as the peanut butter oatmeal, and it has far fewer calories.  Please let me know if you try this breakfast!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This weekend, I went on a bit of a shopping spree.  My mom was in town.  I couldn’t help it.

My mom came up with a great suggestion to help me get my finances calmed down a bit.  This week will be fix-only-what’s-in-your-pantry week.  That’s right.  I didn’t go to the grocery store today as is usually part of my Saturday routine.  Instead, I kept Anthropologie, Ulta, and Sephora in business while I clean out all the food in my pantry and refrigerator.  This week should be filled with some different and unique meal ideas.

Tonight, I kept it simple with a pumpkin pie smoothie that was pretty much amazing.  Here’s what you need:

pumpkin pie smoothie ingredients

  • 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (100 calories worth)
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pecan butter (I used Williams-Sonoma’s because I found it on CLEARANCE this weekend.  You could even make your own)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla flavor
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 5-10 ice cubes (depending on how thick you want it)Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Listen, this thing is amazing.  It’s thick and sweet.  Love.