Pumpkin All the Things: Recipe Roundup

Over 30 #realfood #paleo pumpkin recipes to round out the month of Pumpkin All the Things | Vibrant Life Army WifeIn case you weren’t aware… I deemed October the month of Pumpkin All the Things! All month I’ve been posting recipes that include my beloved pumpkin. But obviously I’m not the only one out there with some delicious pumpkin recipes.

So in honor of Halloween and the month of Pumpkin All the Things, here is a roundup of all my favorite real food (gluten free, grain free, dairy free) pumpkin recipes….

Breakfast

Pumpkin EggNOs, delicious and crispy waffles are possible on the autoimmune protocol | Vibrant Life Army Wife #paleo #AIP #nutfree #glutenfree

Pumpkin EggNOs from me {nut free, egg free, AIP}

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Granola 3 Ways from Fed & Fit {nut free, egg free}

Pumpkin Pancakes from Diane Sanfilippo {nut free}

Pumpkin N’oatmeal from Girl Meets Paleo {nut free}

Pumpkin Waffles from The Paleo Kitchen

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Grass Fed Girl {nut free, egg free}

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Two Ways from Kitchen Treaty {nut free, egg free} *contains cashews

Entrees

Pumpkin Pear Soup, a simple and delicious recipe perfect for those cool fall nights | www.vibrantlifearmywife.com #paleo #vegan #glutenfree

Pumpkin and Pear Soup from me {nut free, AIP}

Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup from The Domestic Man {nut free, egg free}

Pumpkin Cashew Coconut Curry from PaleOMG {nut free, egg free}

Pumpkin Paleo Chili from The Spunky Coconut {nut free, egg free}

Paleo Sweet Potato Gratin from Meatified {egg free}

Treats

Pumpkin Pie Macaroons | Vibrant Life Army Wife

Pumpkin Pie Macaroons from me {nut free}

Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Purely Twins {nut free, egg free}

Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts from Tasty Yummies

Pumpkin Spice Avocado Pudding from me {nut free}

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts from Against All Grain

Flourless Pumpkin Chia Seed Blondies from Purely Twins {nut free, egg free}

Pumpkin Pudding from Hollywood Homestead {nut free, egg free}

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Butter from me {nut free, egg free}

Paleo Pumpkin Pie from The Paleo Mom *contains cashews

Pumpkin Spice Macaroons from He Won’t Know it’s Paleo {AIP}

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars from PaleOMG 

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows from Purely Twins {nut free, egg free}

Dairy Free Pumpkin Ice Cream from Hold the Grain {nut free, egg free}

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins from Primal Palate {nut free}

Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter from Tasty Yummies {nut free, egg free}

Pumpkin Bread from Against All Grain {nut free}

Drinks

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, replace your Starbucks frappuccino with this healthier and less expensive version | Vibrant Life Army Wife #paleo #AIP #vegan

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino from me {nut free, egg free}

Pumpkin Spice Latte from Against All Grain

Protein Pumpkin Spice Coffee from Stupid Easy Paleo

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Creamer from The Coconut Mama {nut free, egg free}

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Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino {Paleo and AIP}

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I cannot believe that Halloween is on Friday! How the heck did that happen? My husband and I aren’t big Halloween fans. We never dress up or go to parties or decorate or anything like that. It’s just not our thing. But we do like to carve pumpkins. Neither my husband or I are very artistic so when my husband busted out a super awesome Olaf pumpkin the other day I was seriously impressed! Olaf as in the snowman from Frozen. I stuck with the Disney theme and made a Little Mermaid pumpkin, mostly because all the stencils I found for Belle looked WAY too hard.

Pumpkins

We also bought costumes for our dogs… ya we are those people. Our golden retriever has a pumpkin costume and our lab is going to be a bumble bee. They look so stinkin’ cute! I think our house is going to be all the little trick-or-treaters favorite. What more could you want than Disney themed pumpkins and two big adorable dogs dressed up in costumes? Oh ya, maybe some candy…

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, replace your Starbucks frappuccino with this healthier and less expensive version | Vibrant Life Army Wife #paleo #AIP #vegan

I’m choosing to not eat any crap filled candy this year but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go without! I’m going to be sippin’ on one of these Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos while I sit on my porch with the hubs and the pups and pass out goodies for the neighbor kids. Since it’s still like 85 degrees here I can get away with an icy cold beverage in the evening but if that’s not the case where you are, this is also super tasty hot! Just skip the freezing of the coffee part obviously.

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, replace your Starbucks frappuccino with this healthier and less expensive version | Vibrant Life Army Wife #paleo #AIP #vegan

The best part about this recipe, besides the delicious pumpkin-y-ness, is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for some fancy schmancy drink that doesn’t even have real pumpkin in it! I’ve talked a little about my love-hate relationship with coffee before, so I’ll be enjoying this beverage sans coffee. I’ve been using the Breakfast Blend recipe from The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne which uses roasted dandelion root, roasted chicory and carob to create a coffee-ish beverage without the caffeine and immune stimulants. It’s a pretty tasty alternative if you also don’t do well with coffee. But if you do, feel free to use that obviously!

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, replace your Starbucks frappuccino with this healthier and less expensive version | Vibrant Life Army Wife #paleo #AIP #vegan

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino {Paleo and AIP}
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 12 oz coffee (or Breakfast Blend for AIP)
  • 8 oz coconut milk (canned, full fat)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2-3 Tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • (Or for AIP use: 1 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ tsp cloves, dash of mace)
Instructions
  1. Brew your coffee or Breakfast Blend, let cool and pour into ice cube trays to freeze
  2. Add frozen coffee cubes, coconut milk, pumpkin, maple syrup and spices to blender
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. Pour into a glass, top with cinnamon and serve

 
Do you have any fun Halloween plans?

In vibrant health,

Kiersten

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Pumpkin EggNOs aka Crispy Paleo and AIP Waffles

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Is it Friday yet? I’ve had a bit of a rough week this week and it’s only Wednesday… But I’m staying positive and pushing through. You know what helps with that? Eating ALL THE WAFFLES!!!!

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried a grain free or even just a gluten free waffle but typically they are kinda meh. Like they taste good and all but they tend to lack the crispy deliciousness that I remember from eating Eggo Waffles as a kid.

And then I tried Brittany Angell’s Extra Crispy Paleo Waffles and my life changed forever. Well maybe not my whole life but at least the waffle consuming part of my life. They are absolute perfection and taste even better than the waffles of my childhood!

Then, about a month ago, I started the autoimmune protocol and I thought my crispy waffle eating days were over. See, these delicious crispy paleo waffles contain almonds and eggs, two things that are not allowed on the autoimmune protocol. Needless to say I was incredibly sad.

Pumpkin EggNOs, delicious and crispy waffles are possible on the autoimmune protocol | Vibrant Life Army Wife #paleo #AIP #nutfree #glutenfree

This sadness, however, soon turned to determination; determination to create an egg free, nut free, seed free, dairy free, grain free, gluten free, legume free, (am I forgetting any free’s?) waffle that still managed to be delicious and crispy.

And I think I succeeded. My super picky husband said “these are the best fake waffles you’ve made!” And that’s saying a lot because I’ve made a lot of “fake” waffles. (By fake he means anything other than your traditional gluten and garbage filled Eggo). Not only are these waffles super tasty, but they are also crispy, like fresh out of the toaster Eggo Waffle crispy! And even better than that? They are pumpkin spice flavored! (This is the month of Pumpkin All the Things, you know/!?!)

I do have to warn you though… there is one itty bitty problem… These waffles very much like to stick to the waffle maker. Like real bad. Like split in half when you open the waffle maker bad (well, this didn’t happen to me but it did happen to a friend who tested them). Making recipes that taste like your old favorites into AIP friendly versions ain’t easy! So make sure you grease the waffle maker EXTREMELY well between EACH waffle. I used a paper towel to spread coconut oil all over the waffle maker but I’m guessing those coconut oil or avocado oil sprays would really well too. And if you don’t feel like risking it, just turn them into pancakes because they are delicious that way too!

These are just mildly pumpkin spice-y so if you’re wanting a more intense pumpkin spice flavor add more spices. Alternatively, if you want plain waffles, just omit the seasonings. The pumpkin puree doesn’t add much flavor itself, just texture.

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Pumpkin EggNOs
 
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Makes about 12 waffles
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups mashed plantains (about 2 medium, works with ripe or green plantains)
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or ACV
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • dash of mace
  • (or replace spices with 1½- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice)
Instructions
  1. Add plantains, pumpkin, coconut milk, coconut oil and lemon juice to food processor and process until combined
  2. Add dry ingredients and process until combined
  3. Heat waffle maker and GREASE LIBERALLY
  4. Add batter to waffle maker and cook until crispy (about 3:30-4:00 in my waffle maker)
  5. Repeat until batter is gone, greasing liberally between each waffle

If you have leftovers, reheat in oven or toaster oven. They become tough in the microwave and are difficult to remove from a regular ol’ toaster because they kind of sink down into it. Trust me, I learned this from experience.

But you probably won’t have to worry about leftovers because they are so darn tasty!

In vibrant health,

Kiersten

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Pumpkin Pear Soup, a simple and delicious recipe perfect for those cool fall nights | www.vibrantlifearmywife.com #paleo #vegan #glutenfree #AIP

I don’t know about how it is where you live, but here in Central Texas it does NOT feel like fall. Sure, it’s cooled off quite a bit and it’s no longer over 90 degrees during the day (as of like last week) and the mornings are getting a bit chilly. But, it’s still in the 80’s most days and there is no leaves changing colors action going on. Considering I grew up in Southern California where there really weren’t seasons at all I should be used to this but I think you still kind of develop that idea in your head about what fall should feel like regardless of what it has actually been like in your experience. Or maybe that’s just me.

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