There’s a chill wind in the air! Finally ….and yet I hear it’t going to be high 80’s/low 90’s in a couple of days! We’re nearing the end of October and I still can’t bring out my boots and scarves. It was such a breath of fresh air (literally) to feel the chill and breeze blow through my hair! I’ll take it …and then I’ll wait out the next week in hopes that it will be the last heat wave of the year!
While I anxiously wait for the weather to catch up to the season, I am still pretending it’s fall in my kitchen! I love to bring out the pumpkin spices and veggie, pretty much just after the school year starts in September. Since I basically have the summer off and start working in September, #allthingspumpkin pretty much get me through the start of the school year without much of a hangover. I’m a summer girl for sure – but the turn of the seasons (in the kitchen!) definitely make the beginning of the work year a little more seamless.
In efforts of trying to keep healthier snacks on hand – whether it be at home, potlucks or parties, I whipped up this pumpkin dip to be eaten with your favorite dipping tool! I LOVED it with sliced apples but also found myself just spooning it out like a pudding. I am sure it would be amazing with graham crackers or topped with granola (oooh….I have my grain free granola on hand too – I just might have to try this after I finish up this blog post!)
This time of year is the beginning of all the fun festivities, from Halloween fun, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas parties and New Years celebrations. Why not start making a list of recipes that you’d like to make so you can host or go to these events, armed with healthy choices? I am in no way suggesting that you shouldn’t partake in any of the indulgences that you wait all year to have. I know we all love the traditional foods/treats that we may otherwise not have until this time of year comes around BUT I do also hear so many people regretting some of the decisions they have made with food choices this time of year. Health doesn’t have to be a 10 month thing ….though I do understand the 2 months of celebratory events definitely making it harder to steer clear of foods that don’t make us feel good. So if you’re one of those “Damn, I feel sick ..I shouldn’t have eaten this or that” or “Ugh, I ate way too much”, then start jotting down some recipes that you know will make you feel good about eating and good after you’ve eaten it! There’s nothing wrong with eating your favorite holiday treat but if you’re keeping healthier options on hand to have 90% of the time, you’ll feel good about your choices. I am hoping to get a little round-up together with some of my favorite bloggers recipes as well as few of my own, that will take you through the new year with all the good feels and deliciousness that this time of year brings to all of us!
OK. So enough of that – let’s talk about this dip! It’s good and super freakin’ easy! It’s definitely something that I will be making through Thanksgiving. I love that this recipe will work at any and all parties for Halloween and then a dip on the nibble table for Thanksgiving or even for dessert. Go check it out and make sure to let me know what your favorite dipping food is! I need more ideas!
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 1/2 cup cashew milk
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- Optional: 2 tbsp collagen
- Toss all into blender and give it a whirl!
- It's ready at this point but I find putting it into the fridge for an hour or two gives it a little thicker consistency.
- Serve in your favorite fall bowl or carve out a little pumpkin (I lined the pumpkin with cling wrap) to make it a little more festive.
- Serve with sliced apples or your favorite dipping food!