Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Exhausted from holding on and worn out from trying hard, I yell "take!" to my belayer. The slack in the rope tightens and I can sit back in my harness. I stare at the rock wall, analyzing it's seams, and it stares back at me, full of tricks and secrets and history. My forearms ache from holding on: my endurance for sport climbing is lacking right now. 

Three feet from me, a spot of golden yellow with a tinge of red catches my eye.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

There, in the middle of the rock, a miniature tree grows, it's leaves turning orange with fall. In fact, an entire micro ecosystem sits within the crack in the rock. A tiny but steady stream of water from above trickles across a pile of dead pine needles, and a bug crawls up to see the view from the edge of the crack.

I imagine a bird visiting that spot a year ago. He drops a seed, and flies off. And then I imagine that seed getting just enough water to sprout--and a bit more, enough that the sprout grows into a tree right there, on the side of a rock face. It's no larger than 1 foot tall, but it clings on to the side of the rock with might and patience. It doesn't have a belayer; it can't call "take."

There is a breeze and I am reminded of the task at hand. I climb on while that baby tree just stays there, clinging for life. Imagine the view from it's home! 

This pumpkin smoothie bowl is the breakfast to eat when the leaves are crunching underfoot and the air is crisp but still not too cold. It's spiced with fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and is super creamy. Top it with toasted pecans, and for an extra special treat add a dollop of whipped cream (coconut cream for dairy free!). 

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

In the ingredient list you’ll find an outlier (cauliflower) and if you’ve never put cauliflower in a smoothie, this might make you run and hide. BUT I promise you: once that cauliflower is all blended in, you will not taste it. What you will taste: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Toasted pecans if you choose to put them on top (please do!). And it will be a thick, creamy smoothie. That texture? That’s because of the cauliflower, which at this point you’ve forgotten is in there.

Try it!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Published October 12, 2017 by
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Serves: 2   |    Total Time: 10 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese (or plain greek yogurt, or non-dairy yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 frozen bananas, sliced 
  • 1 cup frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves 
  • Optional: 1 scoop vanilla or unflavored protein powder
  • Dollop of whipped cream (or coconut cream for dairy-free)
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (I use this brand)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pecans

Directions:

  1. Add pumpkin, cottage cheese, milk, bananas, cauliflower, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and protein powder to blender. Puree until no chunks remain. Pour smoothie into two serving bowls.
  2. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, raisins, pecans, and a sprinkle of extra nutmeg. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie smoothie bowl
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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Grain-Free Gingerbread Crust

I was so happy to have my friend  Cassie  in the kitchen to help whip, stir, and bake! She shot these beautiful pictures too.

I was so happy to have my friend Cassie in the kitchen to help whip, stir, and bake! She shot these beautiful pictures too.

There may be nothing more comforting than baking a pumpkin pie on a cool fall day while wearing your slippers while giggling with a close friend. In the wake of change--changing seasons, growing older, moving to a new home (more to come on this on Thursday!!)- a day of pie baking was just what the doctor ordered. With extra whipped cream of course.

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Grain-Free Gingerbread Crust
Pumpkin Pie Bars with Grain-Free Gingerbread Crust

More than anything, it is the act of making pumpkin pie, and the smell of baking pumpkin pie, that makes it therapeutic. Aromatherapy, if you will.

What's great about what pie aromatherapy is that it will pretty much be whatever you want it to be. Need a hug? Breath in that cinnamon. Looking for a hug? Focus in on rolling out that pie crust, on the act of making the pie. Just want something sweet? Quiet time? A few laughs?

You get the picture. 

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Grain-Free Gingerbread Crust
Pumpkin Pie Bars with Grain-Free Gingerbread Crust

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Grain-Free Gingerbread Crust

Primal, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free    |       |    Print This Recipe

These pumpkin pie bars are made with a gingerbread-spiced almond flour crust and topped with creamy pumpkin filling.

Serves: 9   |    Total Time:



Ingredients:

    For the Gingerbread Crust
  • 1-1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cloves and nutmeg
  • For the pumpkin filling:
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (coconut milk for dairy-free)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9x9 baking dish. In a medium sized mixing bowl, consume the dry ingredients for the crust (almond flour, coconut flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg). Whisk until evenly distributed. Then, stir in the melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla until a sticky dough forms. Press dough in an even layer in bottom of the baking dish. Place in oven and bake for 9 minutes, until crust is slightly puffed and golden. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Now, set the oven to 425°F. Make the pumpkin pie filling: whisk together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, honey, and egg. Once combined, whisk in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Pour mixture into cooled crust. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 40-50 more minutes, until a knife, when inserted into the center of the pumpkin mixture, comes out clean.
  3. Set baking dish aside to cool for 15 minutes. Slice and serve (whipped cream or coconut cream optional!)

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