Homemade granola is the best, and it’s fun to make seasonal variations of it—like this Pumpkin Spice Granola! This autumn-themed granola is made with oats, hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas), chopped pecans, and dried cranberries. And it’s spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. You can also add in other things like coconut flakes or sunflower seeds if you like. The hulled pumpkin seeds I used were already roasted and lightly salted, which worked really well in this granola. If you use raw hulled pumpkin seeds, you may want to add an extra 1/4 teaspoon salt to the recipe.Continue reading
I like cookies of all kinds…crispy, crunchy, chewy, gooey…you name it! These cookies happen to be soft and puffy, with a cake-like texture. And they are yummy! These Pumpkin-Pecan Cookies are topped with an extra-rich and thick, creamy glaze, along with a pecan half. You can also add some finely-chopped pecans to the cookie batter if you want.Continue reading
If you’re in the mood for an autumn treat, keep this Pumpkin Coffee Cake in mind! Made with canned pumpkin puree, it has some of the favorite spices of fall—cinnamon and ginger—to add to the flavor, and it’s sweetened with brown sugar. The best part, I think, is the very generous topping of streusel—yum! You just can’t go wrong with all that streusel! 🙂Continue reading
I tried making pumpkin swirl brownies a few years ago, and just wasn’t happy with the results, even after tweaking a recipe several times. They still sounded like a great idea though, so I decided to give them another try with my own version. These Pumpkin Swirl Brownies make a great dessert or snack for fall and winter!Continue reading
After I made my Pumpkin Hummus, I had half of a can of pumpkin left over. What to do with it? I thought some of it might be good in a cream cheese spread. I was inspired by this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I wanted to sweeten the spread with honey instead of sugar (although you could use brown sugar instead if you want to have a thicker spread) and made some other changes, and this is what I ended up with!
It’s a lightly sweet and spicy spread with a very creamy texture that’s great on bagels or pumpkin bread for breakfast. Or, use as an appetizer spread on crackers or as a dip for fruit. It’s very soft and creamy when you mix it up so it does need to be refrigerated for at least an hour or two after mixing. Even after it’s refrigerated, it’s more creamy than other cream cheese spreads I’ve made–so if you want a thicker spread, use brown sugar instead of honey and omit the vanilla. If you don’t have all the spices I used in this, you can use 1 1/4 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
PUMPKIN SPICE CREAM CHEESE SPREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Makes 1 1/2 cups
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese or light cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 3 Tablespoons honey (or substitute brown sugar for a thicker spread)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In medium bowl, blend all ingredients together until smooth (if using an electric mixer, blend on medium speed). Pour mixture into a small serving bowl, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of spread. Serve on bagels or pumpkin bread for breakfast. Or, serve as an appetizer with crackers or apple and pear slices.
If you like pumpkin-flavored things, you’ll need to try this out! What other ways do you like to use leftover canned pumpkin?