Lack of posting this past weekend is due to my spending the ENTIRE weekend in the kitchen. I was too busy baking to remember to share all the treats with you. Oops!
I spent all night Friday experimenting with making pumpkin butter and then preserving it. The overflow of boiling water on the stove was not much fun, but I did successfully get two cans of butter properly sealed and preserved. Now I have to get up the guts to break the seal on one so I can taste test it!
Then I spent Saturday trying to cram as many veggies as I could into baked goods for our upcoming trip to see family. McDonald’s and cake are my alternative food options so I had to get creative with what would keep the best in the car! I now have strawberry oat bars with spinach and peanut butter banana muffins with carrots to tide me over along with a bulgur salad and some honey cookies for a treat.
Sunday, I went to town with PUMPKIN!
After my last post, I promptly found canned pumpkin on sale at Kroger and bought six cans. And then I promptly used each of them and had to go restock my pumpkin supply. What did I make with six cans of pumpkin puree?
- pumpkin spice lattes
- pumpkin pie oatmeal raisin cookies
- pumpkin butter
- vegan pumpkin mac and cheese
- pumpkin spice doughnuts
- pumpkin oatmeal
- pumpkin quesadillas
All were good. Some were better than others. The pumpkin oatmeal is my favorite.
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 T chia seeds
- 1 tsp sucanat
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground allspice
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 T dried cranberries
- 1 T almond butter
- 1 T pumpkin puree
- Combine all ingredients in order in a heat-safe mason jar.
- Pour boiling water into jar and seal. In 20 minutes, stir and enjoy.
Make ahead: Make jars for a week's worth of breakfasts at once to save time in the mornings. Just heat, drive to work, enjoy!
Stovetop: Combine all ingredients plus water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occassionally until oats are tender.
Per serving: 302 calories, 40 g carbohydrate, 13 g fat, 10 g protein, 41 mg sodium, 12 g sugar