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I’m Basic and I LOVE Pumpkin Spice everything in the fall. I also love oversized sweaters, chunky knit blankets, hay rides, and anything cozy.

I’ve scoured the internet for Pumpkin recipes and tried them out myself to make sure they are actually as wonderful as the pictures depict. How about those beautiful recipe pictures?! Recipe bloggers impress me with all of their wonderful looking foods.

Lately, I’ve tried to be in the kitchen more, cooking and baking healthy options for me and my family and I’ve enjoyed getting creative especially with my baking!

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Now that fall is upon us I’m throwing pumpkin flavors into EVERYTHING!

Calorie-Cutting Tips and Tricks

Spices

Spices are good for you and a great alternative to adding more sugar or processed flavorings.

Here’s a list of spices that make things taste “fall-ish”.

  • Pumpkin Pie Spice (No not the Starbucks sauce! You can buy pumpkin spice in the spice aisle at the grocery! It’s actual spices!)
  • Cinnamon
  • All Spice
  • Ginger
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg

Add these spices to anything while baking or making smoothies or hot drinks to make them more flavorful without adding tons of calories and processed ingredients!

Almond Milk

Almond milk is such a great way to add flavor and cut calories!

1 serving of skim milk is 80-90 calories and that is SKIM milk, whole milk and cream have even more. 1 serving of unsweetened vanilla Almond milk (my personal favorite) is only 30 calories.

Almond milk is full of flavor, trade it out when you go to a coffee shop to save some calories on your lattes!

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100% Canned Pumpkin

Make sure you are buying canned pumpkin instead of pumpkin pie filling. The filling is full of sugar and unhealthy ingredients while 100% canned pumpkin is straight up pumpkin which is really good for you!

The Pumpkin Recipes

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Pumpkin Pancakes

I decided to find an amazing pumpkin pancake recipe last week and this one did NOT disappoint!

I eat gluten free and love cooking with Oat flour (Made by sticking oats in the blender! If you have never done this, try it! It’s so cheap and easy and a great way to bake gluten-free!)

Check out the Recipe at Cookie and Kate!

Instead of maple syrup, I chose to top the pancakes with Earth Balance Vegan butter and Cinnamon Protein Icing!

I made the Icing with

  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 scoop of 1up Nutrition Cinnamon French Toast Protein Powder
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Splash of Almond Milk to bring to consistency desired

The protein powder is SO good! If you’ve never tried 1up Nutrition their protein powders taste amazing!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

We all know that the forever loved fall staple -the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte – is PACKED with Sugar/Carbs. It’s a little staggering. Do you even want to know? The grande has 52 grams of carbs and 14 grams of fats. If these numbers mean nothing to you, 52 grams of carbs is around 1/3 of my entire carb intake in one day.

Ok, here’s the good news, I have an alternative for you. Now it’s NOT going to be AS sweet but it will save you calories and a good chunk of cash by the end of the season.

  • Go to your local grocery store and find a pumpkin spice creamer and grab some unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
  • Go home and make yourself some espresso with either a handy-dandy Ninja coffee maker (I LOVE mine and I LOVE having the espresso shot option) or whatever coffee making contraption you have.
  • heat 1 serving of almond milk with 2-3 servings of your pumpkin creamer in the microwave for 1.5 minutes, froth it with a frother like this handheld one, or get yourself a fancy electric heat and frother like this one.
  • Add any of the above spices mentioned that you desire.
  • Mix the espresso with the frothed milk and voila! You’ve saved yourself half the calories and about 6 bucks.
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Pumpkin Protein Shake

I won’t lie, I was nervous about making this shake but I decided to go for it. Instead of vanilla protein powder, I used my Chai Plant Protein Powder

I also used a shot of espresso over ice instead of almond milk!

It was so good!

Check the recipe out at Love Grows Wild!

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Pumpkin Biscotti

I don’t know what got into me but I just HAD to try this Gluten-free biscotti recipe!

This was my first attempt at biscotti and I am now a huge fan. Make yourself a cup of coffee and ENJOY!

Check it out at Oh, The Things We’ll Make!

Soft-Baked Frosted Chai Pumpkin Cookies

The only thing better than pumpkin anything is pumpkin anything with chai! I’m obsessed with chai anything. These were amazing and the frosting was so good!

Check out the recipe at Athletic Avocado!

Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

This girl knows how to bake! I decided to try another one of her recipes and I’m glad I did. My son is glad too! We all LOVED the chocolate chip pumpkin cookies! These are made with almond flour and very little sugar!

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Check out the recipe at Athletic Avocado!

Gluten Free Paleo Pumpkin Protein Muffins

I just made these today and had to add them to this post! They were SO yummy! Check out the recipe at Paleo Gluten Free!

If you’re into fall recipes check out my post all about the best healthy fall recipes!

Comment below with any of your favorite pumpkin recipes or if you try one of these! Share this post if you find it helpful! XOXO

 

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