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Pumpkin EVERYTHING!

October is just around the corner and you know what that means – pumpkin everything! Hundreds of coffee shops, restaurants, convenience stores and everything in between are serving up pumpkin. Why is it this flavor craze repeats year after year?

A lot of people really love this type of seasonal treat. Diners get excited about dishes where real pumpkin is the main attraction, not just the flavored syrup. Not only do people love the taste, but consumers are attracted to the health benefits of pumpkin, a super-food. Fighting wrinkles, preventing cancer, increasing muscle recovery – what’s not to love?

Well, love it or hate it, pumpkin season is here! So why not try one of these tasty recipes:

Pumpkin Cornbread

1 cup Flour

1 tbsp Baking Powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup cornmeal

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp honey

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8×8″ baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, brown sugar, and cornmeal.
In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs, and then stir in the pumpkin, oil, milk and honey.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined, and then pour the batter into the pan, smoothing out the top as much as possible.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal

1 1/3 cups water

2/3 cup apple juice

1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin

1/3 cup dried apple (snipped)

11/4 cups quick rolled oats

1 tbsp brown sugar (packed)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 cup fat free yogurt (plain)

ground cinnamon (optional)

honey (optional)

pumpkin seeds (pepitas, optional)

In a medium saucepan combine the water, apple juice, pumpkin, and dried apples. Bring to boiling.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl stir together oats, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir oat mixture into boiling pumpkin mixture. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

Top each serving with yogurt and, if desired, additional cinnamon, honey, and pumpkin seeds.

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