I Love Pumpkin!

I love Pumpkin!

At the first hint of the trees turning colors, my mind fills with visions of pumpkin spice and hot chocolate.  I crave pumpkin bread and pumpkin donuts and pumpkin cheesecake and well,  you get the idea.  I’ve learned a lot in the short time I’ve committed to going low carb, and dealt with the necessity of going gluten free.  So one of the first experiments in low carb/gluten free baking was definitely Pumpkin Bread!  I’m going to share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes that not only are nice and healthy but also delicious!

Pumpkin Bread

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Keto Pumpkin Bread via Green and Keto

One of the reasons I love this recipe is that, in my opinion, no-grain baked goods of the sweet variety taste the best when using a combo of almond flour and coconut flour.  The combination I like to use is if the recipe calls for 2 cups of almond flour, I’ll actually use 1 1/2 cups of almond flour and 1/2 cup of coconut flour.  The coconut flour lightens up the denseness of the almond flour, and the almond flour doesn’t overpower the flavor of the baked good, as coconut flour has a tendency to do. 

Another reason I love this recipe is because when working with pumpkin recipes a lot of take the easy way out of spicing the pumpkin by throwing a couple of teaspoons of pumpkin spice and calling it good.  That may work for lattes but you’ll find your baked goods more rich if you add the individual spice group that has made pumpkin so warm and inviting — cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.  Another hint from my kitchen — if you like your bread on the spicier side, don’t get too terribly exact when measuring your spices, except with the cloves!

Pumpkin Donuts

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts via Low Carb Yum

This recipe is very similar to the Pumpkin Bread recipe above but this time we’re using our mixture to make donuts.  You’ll notice that the recipe calls for peanut flour, which if you’re like me, doesn’t exactly sit on your local store’s grocery shelves.  So instead I used my old stand-by’s instead — almond flour and coconut flour.  In this case I used 1 1/4 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup coconut flour.  I also used Splenda instead of the stevia blend since that’s what I had on hand.  Turned out beautifully.  Also note, one of my favorite new toys since going low carb is this little beauty, Sunbeam’s Donut Maker.  I picked this little baby up at a second hand store for about $5.  Pipe the donuts into each slot using a pint or gallon sized bag with one of the bottom corners snipped off, and they usually only take about 15 minutes to bake.  Yum, and easy clean up.

tabletop donut maker sunbeam

If you can’t find one for a decent price anywhere, there are always donut baking pans like this one from Wilton.

donut baking pan wilton

Pumpkin Pie

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie via Gnom-Gnom

I have a confession to make – I hate pumpkin pie.  But I know that I am definitely in minority in this which is why, despite my distaste for it, I include it in my recipe list.  Its a texture thing, I don’t think I could explain it.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Low Carb Cheesecake via Wholesome Yum

I care what time of year it is, there is always room for cheesecake.  Of any flavor.  This recipe is quite rich so you’ll want to make sure to cut yourself small slices.  If you don’t have access to collagen peptides or whey protein isolate, the same amount of a vanilla protein powder should work just fine.

Pumpkin Cookies

Low Carb Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cookies via How to This and That

Some times you just need a little something.  And I think these little babies will do the trick.  And I love cookies.  They are easy to bake and easy to store.  And you can make them last — IF you can keep them away from the kids!

Pumpkin Pancakes

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Protein Pancakes via BIg Man’s World

I love pumpkin pancakes!  Even being gluten intolerant, I love that I can still eat them when I want to and they still taste good.  There’s something about the spices and pumpkin combination that make for a warm meal on a cool day.

Pumpkin Bars

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Healthy Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting via Wholesome Yum

You know when you go to an office party or church function and pretty much everything is sugar ridden and carb laden?  Yeah well, here something you can bring that is better for you and may be just delicious enough that it will fool your fellow party goers.  And its pumpkin!

So there is my list!  You should now not lack for any delicious, healthy pumpkin treats that will get you through these chilly days and freezing nights!  If you’re not feeling the pumpkin vibe, might I suggest my recipe for Homestyle Banana Bread.  Its got the warmth and hominess without the pumpkin!

 

Quick Mini Quiche

Quick Mini Quiche recipe is based on one of the first recipes I tried when I started the South Beach Diet many, many moons ago. It has all of the attributes that this blog is all about – simple, cheap, family friendly, fast and easy. While the veggie combo is the one I like the most, you can add any combination of vegetables to these – kale instead of spinach, broccoli or cauliflower, carrots, celery, and on and on.

One of the best parts of this recipe is that it freezes very well. Make a big batch, pop a single quiche in a square snack sized plastic bag, or two in a sandwich sized baggie and breakfast is portioned and ready go to for the work/school morning rush or as a last minute lunch option. Does well in the freezer for about two weeks. Tastes fantastic topped with a little salsa on top!

Quick Mini Quiche
Serves 6
Easy breakfast that has infinite variation and freezes well for busy mornings.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 3/4 c shredded cheese (I like Montery Jack)
  4. 1/4 c mini diced onions
  5. 1/4 c mini diced mixed zucchini and summer squash
  6. dash garlic powder
  7. 3 drops hot-pepper sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Microwace spinach on HIGH for 2 1/2 minutes. Drain excess liquid.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil baking cups. Spray the cups with cooking spray.
  3. Combine egg, cheese, onions, zucchini, squash, and spinach in a mixing bowl. Divide evenly between foil cups.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.
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8 Ways to Make Healthy Oatmeal

I love oatmeal.

It’s high in fiber and it’s quick when you use the microwave. Yes, even with steel-cut oats! Nuke it and in less than two minutes you have a warm, delicious breakfast. So you ask yourself — does oatmeal qualify as low-carb?  If you’re on a strict Keto diet, then no.  But you need some carbs, not just for the fiber but also the nutrition. So I came up with some delicious and easy recipes to brighten up you and your family’s mornings that are both gluten free and healthy!

 

Peach Cobbler Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c diced peaches (canned or fresh)
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Cinnamon Raspberry Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c raspberries, fresh or frozen
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 1 1/2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Avoid adding the raspberries during the cooking phase. In fact, if you are using frozen raspberries adding them afterwards helps cool the oatmeal down a bit for faster eating!
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Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp sugar free pancake syrup
  4. 1 tbsp brown sugar blend (this will not be sugar free)
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 1 1/2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Bananas and Cream Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  4. 1/2 bannana, sliced
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Yes, the taste of the protein powder affects the taste of this breakfast a lot. Make sure to taste test a few before ruining a whole bowl of cereal!
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Pina Colada Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c canned crushed pineapple
  4. 1 tbsp shaved coconut, unsweetened
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  4. 1 tbsp sugar free chocolate chips
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Peanut butter is a great thickener, unless you don't like thick oatmeal! If it gets too thick for your tastes, add a little more water or milk to the oatmeal before you add the chocolate chips.
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Chocolate Oatmeal
Serves 1
Who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 1/3 cup milk
  3. 1 tsp baking cocoa powder
  4. 2 - 3 packets of no-calorie sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, milk and cocoa powder in microwaveable safe bowl. Microwave for 1 - 2 minutes until you achieve the oat consistency you want. Stir in the sweetener and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Milk loves to bubble up in the microwave. Make sure that the bowl you microwave your breakfast in is nice and deep so that it doesn't bubble over. Either that or you can microwave for one minute, stir it and let it rest for a few moments, then continue to cook it until its the consistency you want.
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal
  2. 2/3 cup water or milk of choice
  3. 1/4 cup diced apples
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 2 - 3 packets of no-calorie sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, liquid and apples in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes, or until you achieve the consistency you want. Apples should be softened but not mushy.
  2. Add cinnamon and sweetener to the apple oatmeal and stir until well combined. Enjoy!
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