raw vegan pumpkin spice goodies.

I was a pumpkin spice hater for the longest time. And that’s not because I didn’t like the taste, I had actually never tried it! I was just so turned off by all the comments about how “basic” I would be if I dare order a Starbucks PSL.

Let me tell ya, there’s a reason why it is so popular! Now that I have been playing around with making my own pumpkin goodies, I can’t wait to share them. And hopefully can convert some of you pumpkin spice haters in the process.

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Seriously?! Just looking at this ingredient spread makes me excited.

 

This first recipe is great for breakfast either at home or on the go. The best part is, there is no cooking involved! I like to throw different variations of chia pudding together the night before I have an early work shift so I can just grab it and run out the door.

Though they may be tiny, chia seeds are packed full of essential omega-3 fatty acids–goodbye fish oil, yuck– as well as antioxidants, fiber, iron, healthy fats, and calcium!

Much of the population might not know it but 98% of us fall below the optimal range for omega-3’s. This is dangerous as the deficiency is associated with several major chronic disorders. Omega 3’s help raise your bodies “good cholesterol” which protects against heart attack and stroke.

IMG_2330I got a little carried away when creating these parfaits, of course the layered effect isn’t necessary (but recommended if you would like to impress friends or coworkers who doubt your lifestyle… you’re welcome). I layered them as follows:

Chia pudding,

tinyyyy layer of pumpkin puree,

pecans,

coconut cream,

and repeat as you please.

To make the coconut whip I chilled a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator over night, and scooped the thick cream off the top being careful not to mix it with the coconut water that has separated below. I added the cream to a jar and shook it up vigorously for a minute or two. It should get thick, similar to whip cream! Of course, you could use an electric or stand mixer for this, but for me, bartending has made shaking it up a breeze.

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Every recipe post begins with Let’s get Cookin’! but this one is raw so…

Let’s get … Mixin’?

Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

2 servings

1/2 C chia seeds

1 1/2 C coconut milk, or plant milk of choice

1/4 C canned pumpkin

3 Medjool dates, pitted

1/4 tsp pumpkin spice

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

splash vanilla extract

teeny tiny pinch of salt

  1. Put all ingredients, except chia seeds, into high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour over chia seeds and mix together well. Transfer to fridge for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has been absorbed. If the seeds are still crunchy you can add more coconut milk and mix well.
  3. Layer if you would like or just enjoy!

 

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After breakfast, you’re going to need a snack! Or hell, sometimes I just grab a few of these in place of my breakfast. These fun little snacks can be made in all sorts of flavors and packed with super foods to hold you over until meal time. Of course I had to keep them festive so

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites!

BEHOLD–

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Another raw vegan treat you can take on the go. To make these, I used my vitamix but a food processor would probably work a bit better! I just pulsed all the ingredients together, but had to scrape down the sides quite a few times to get everything well incorporated and broken down. In the end, these make the perfect pick me up! You could also add vegan protein powder for a yummy post work out treat.

Once your blender has done all the hard work, the mixture should be sticky but still easy to handle. If you don’t like getting your hands dirty, just pop it into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to harden up a little. Roll the mix into bite sized pieces and dress ’em up! I topped a few of mine with a pecan but some other ideas are

rolled in coconut shreds

dunked or drizzled with dark chocolate

or

sprinkled with hemp seeds.

Like I always say, get creative! Dates and rolled oats alone make great energy bites, just add whatever flavors suit your fancy.

Let’s get Rollin’!

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

12 bites

1 C or 6-7 Medjool dates, pitted

1/2 C rolled oats

1/2 C pecans

1/4 C canned pumpkin

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse and scrape down sides until all ingredients are broken down into small pieces and fully incorporated.

  2. Transfer to bowl and refrigerate for 10 minutes to slightly harden, or skip this step and just begin rolling into balls.

  3. Add toppings of your choice and store in either the refrigerator or freezer. I like mine frozen 🙂

Have fun and keep it made with love!
Hanna

 

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