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1 little pumpkin...

...sitting on a gate.

In honor of one of our circle time songs I thought it might be fun to celebrate the coming of All Hallows' Eve by posting 5 little pumpkin recipes we've created.

I bought quite a few organic pumpkins last week and we've been up to our elbows in pumpkin goodness. 

I had to whip up a tasty, wholesome snack for E's playgroup last week.  I came up with a sort of pumpkin-biscuit-cookie thing that won rave reviews with the mamas.  Not too sweet, but not too "healthy" tasting either.  It's a good choice for playdates/playgroups/parties since it's soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free (if you use GF oats).



Vegan Pumpkin Haystacks

2 ripe bananas, mashed


1/2 cup pureed pumpkin

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut oil (warmed so it's no longer solid)

2 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup ground raw almonds (like an almond flour)

1/2 cup finely ground unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

1 tsp baking powder

In a small bowl mix together the bananas, pumpkin, vanilla and coconut oil. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients (except the cranberries). Now pour the wet mix into the dry and incorporate. Add the cranberries. Drop about 2 Tbs sized balls onto a cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-15 min in a preheated oven at 350.

This makes a nice sized batch, so pop some in the fridge in a covered container and they'll keep for a few days...if they last that long!

In other pumpkin related news...I made the Pumpkin Lasagna from Kirsten's Kitchen and it rocked!  I know...pumpkin?...lasagna?...huh?  But really it was so good I had to hide a piece for Papa because the girls demolished it.  Making double next time.  I changed the tofu ricotta to a sort of impromptu cashew ricotta and I sprinkled the top with a mix of roasted pumpkin seeds (ground course), nutritional yeast and hemp seeds.  Go visit her site for a better picture, mine is kinda lame.


What are you making with your pumpkins?!?

10 comments:

  1. those haystacks look amazing....I am so making those today:):):)

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  2. I thought that you and your readers might like to know that Parker and I are giving away a set of playsilks from Nova Natural Toys and Crafts!


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  3. thanks for the luv :) I need to use less sugar in my baking....but its hard, I am not a fan of the "healthy" tasting sweets. I'm going to try out the haystacks this week.

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  4. oh yum yum yum mama!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! How are you doing it all? You still have a weel little babe attatched to ya!!! I love reading your blog!

    ~Samantha

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  5. these sounds delicious! and gluten-free without fussy combos of flours.

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  6. I just made a butternut squash lasagne this weekend (the recipe was in my last issue of Mother Earth News)... it WAS surprisingly good! I will have to give this one a try, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I am 6 days without sugar which is a huge deal for me. These cookies were just what I needed and so delish. Thanks for the great recipe. We are going to try the raw autumn cookies too. Can we bake them in the oven??

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  8. anonymous - From what I've read I believe most dehydrated goodies can be made in the oven if you check it often and do it on the lowest setting your oven will go. Let me know if it works!
    xo

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  9. I don't see cranberries on the ingredient list for the haystacks. Am I missing something? Please let me know if they are dried or fresh and what quantity you used. Thank you. They look yummy! My hubby has a cookie addiction, so I'm always searching for healthy alternatives that satisfy his cravings, but that he'll actually enjoy.

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