Let’s face it… Fall is all about pumpkin everything, treating yourself, and indulging on desserts! Who said we can’t do all three in a healthy way?! We’ve put together a few of our favorite Fall inspired treats that won’t leave you feeling guilty! By the way… Pumpkin itself is nutritious! It’s full of Vitamins A, C, E, and K, and also contains iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
Paleo and Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Mouse
Can you think of a better combo!?
- 11 – 12 drops stevia
- 10 very soft, large, plump medjool dates (soak them in water soften if needed)
- A little less than ¼ tsp of salt
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- Flesh from 2 ripe avocados
- ½ TB vanilla extract
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 TB melted coconut oil
- 1 TB water
- Combine all ingredients, except for the stevia, in a food processor. Process for 10 – 15 seconds, wipe down the sides, and process for another 10 or so seconds.
- Add 1 TB of water if you find the mousse is not processing very well.
- Wipe down the sides. Turn on the processor and add the stevia drops.
- Process until smooth.
- Taste, adjust if needed. Need it sweeter? Add more dates or stevia. Want more spice? Add more cinnamon and a touch of pumpkin pie spice.
- Store in the fridge.
Adapted from Made to Glow
On the Go Snack Recipe
No Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites
Perfect before hitting the gym! This healthy energy bite will be your favorite on the go snack during the fall.
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter or other nut or sun butter
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup quality honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl,a add 1 and 1/2 cups oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir to combine well. You want the mixture to be soft but not too sticky. If you pick up a generous spoonful, you should be able to roll it into a ball and only make a minimal mess (it should stick together when rolled but still feel tacky on your hands). Depending on the type of oats you used (old-fashioned or quick oats), you made need to add up to a half cup more oats and stir until you reach the desired consistency. Again, it’s ok if it’s a little sticky because the oats will absorb some of the moisture after a little time passes, but unworkable sticky isn’t the goal.
- When the mixture is workable, add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Scoop a large spoonful into your hand and roll into balls. Repeat with remaining dough. Keep these in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for much longer.
Adapted from Bless This Mess
Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
This healthy homemade smoothie is perfect if you’re craving something sweet during the fall.
- 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree;
- 1 banana;
- 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk;
- 4 to 5 ice cubes;
- 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- In a blender, add the pumpkin puree, banana, almond milk and pumpkin spice.
- Pulse until well mixed; add the ice to the smoothie and continue pulsing until completely smooth.
- Serve the smoothie with a pinch of cinnamon on top.
Adapted from Paleo Leap
Yum! The possibilities are endless when thinking of incredible meals to make out of fall inspired ingredients. That doesn’t mean they have to be unhealthy! The key is to use wholesome REAL ingredients. So, add this smoothie to your morning routine, and throw on some leggings and a flannel to get ready for the crisp fall season!