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Favorite 3 Recipes to Enjoy Pumpkin this October!

Updated on October 16, 2012

80 Calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is here and with the colorful leaves, brisk air, and carved pumpkins; October is in full swing. This brings out the desire for warmth and comfort. Sometimes that means food and during the fall pumpkin is my favorite flavor. Yet, you don’t need to subject yourself to unnecessary calories. It is here you can find 5 awesome and healthy ways to enjoy pumpkin this October!

First up we have a healthy and homemade version of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte. This is the better option because most of the time the costly versions you find at Starbuck’s have sugary chemical syrups that do not contain true pumpkin. The other plus of this version is that with the proper substitutions vegans can enjoy this as well! Please note that with this recipe there may be some settling of the pumpkin at the bottom of the mug at times, but honestly this is minor and the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. Now let’s get into a step by step!

1. Brew up a cup of that fabulous coffee! I suggest medium roast at least.
Now you got to make some Pumpkin Milk
---------1 Cup of Milk (Or whichever substitute you decide on)
---------¼ Cup of Pumpkin Puree!!! I always add more because I am a pumpkin nut.
---------2 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
---------1 TSP cinnamon
---------1 TSP Vanilla Extract
---------1 TSP Sugar in the Raw (Or whichever sweetener you prefer)
---------Option: Add a pinch of nutmeg, or other spices should you choose.
2. Mix the ingredients; I prefer to do this in a blender it is just simple. Or you can do it by hand in a small bowl with a whisk.

3. If I have time sometimes I warm the pumpkin milk mixture in the microwave for a bit, but you don’t have to if you are in a pinch for time since the coffee will be hot anyway. Now pour 1 Cup of the Coffee into a mug and pour half the pumpkin milk mixture into the mug as well. Save the other half of the mixture for refills! Yum! Add some low fat whipped cream on top with a dash of cinnamon to treat yourselves further!

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

You need: 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt , 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or vanilla soy milk), few shakes of pumpkin pie spice, 4-5 ice cubes.

Directions:

1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender blend, blend, and blend!

2. Pour into your favorite container and enjoy the bliss of drinking this tasty drink!

3. Good for post workout!

70 Calorie Carrot-Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing


Now for a little pastry love. These bars are amazing! Plus only 70 Calories per bar!!

You need:

2 C whole wheat pastry flour
2 TSP pumpkin pie spice
2 TSP baking powder
1 TSP baking soda
1 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/3 C Earth Balance (or other butter substitute)
2 eggs
2 large egg whites
1 can of pumpkin pie filling
2/3 C finely shredded carrot

Icing:
4 oz light cream cheese, softened
1/4 C sugar
1 TBS skim milk

How to:

1.Pre-heat 350° F. Spray a 15 x 10 pan with cooking spray.

2.Grab a bowl and mix flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, and baking soda.

3.In larger bowl, use electric mixer to beat your sugar, Earth Balance, and brown sugar. It should appear to be a crumbled. Add your eggs, egg whites, pumpkin filling, and shredded carrots. Beat until well blended.

4.Now add the flour mix and combine until it is well blended. Spread onto a greased pan.

5.For the icing: mix together cream cheese, sugar, and the milk until well blended.

6.Drop teaspoons of topping over pumpkin batter at a time and swirl and cut mixture into batter. The best way to do this is with a butter knife.

7.Bake for 20 to 30 minutes depending on your oven. Do a toothpick check. If it comes out clean it is done.

8.Cool completely and then cut.


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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These recipes look so amazing and I am definitely going to try them since they are perfect for Halloween. I will be impressed with myself if I manage to make a pumpkin spice latte as good as the Starbucks version. My kids will love the pumpkin smoothie. Voted up!

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      jenniferblair 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      These all sound delicious! I always seem to crave pumpkin when fall hits, but pumpkin bread (and pie of course) is all I usually think to make. I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      These three have been my favorite this month. Hope you all enjoy them as much as I did. Thanks for all the feedback.

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      Shawnte 5 years ago

      These look very delicious! I absolutely love pumpkin recipes! :3

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      2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      The photos here are beautiful, and the recipes look delicious.

      I have added this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and I'm sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Delicious, that's what I have to say, everything dazzles. You have dazzled with this recipe! Am sharing this, as I think the season's just about here!

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      Silver Fish 5 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

      Great hub.

      Here in the UK we mostly eat pumpkin as a savory dish- my favourite is prawn and pumkin soup- or in curries, roasted with garlic etc.

      I must admit I have never eaten pumpkin as a sweet dish, but these sound delicious.

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Hope you enjoy them as much as I have! Thanks for commenting.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      OH my Goodness! Every single one of these sound delish!!! I love pumpkin :) The latte really sounds good.. I've been craving a pumpkin spice latte (is that what they call it?) from Starbucks.. All these sound easy to do and I also love that they are healthy and low cal.. Thank you so much for sharing. Will be bookmarking this one :)

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Glad everyone loves pumpkin just as much as I do! My recipe digital recipe collection is stuffed!

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      I love this time of the year! I get to take advantage of all the wonderful pumpkin-flavored treats of the season. Thanks for adding to my pumpkin recipe repertoire! :)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Coffee and smoothies... what unique ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      The pumpkin bars are definitely to die for! Hope you enjoy.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub,these are all such great and easy recipes to do and all sound so delicious to.

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Pumpkin is my favorite flavor, all of these are delicious. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Voted way up on this one! I love the coffee and smoothie recipes. You surely know how to spice up the fall season. And those pumpkin bars will certainly make my morning coffee break a most excellent start for my day.