Pumpkin Maple Cashew Granola

This granola is perfect for fall and makes a great healthy snack. This recipe is filled with flavors of fall. It is also wonderful because it has pumpkin in it! Pumpkin makes fall extra special and I try to incorporate pumpkin into everything that I can–especially since there are only few weeks left where pumpkin is allowed in recipes!
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Pumpkin Maple CashewGranola

Pumpkin Maple CashewGranola

Crunchy, healthy, sweet and perfect for fall!

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1/2-1 cup raw cashews

3 Tbsp sugar

¼ tsp of sea salt

3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I also added an extra dish cinnamon)

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp. honey

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the oats, cashews, spices, sugar, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the butter, maple syrup, honey and pumpkin puree and whisk. Pour over the dry ingredients and quickly mix with a wooden spoon.
  3. Spread the mixture evenly onto two baking sheets (or bake in two batches) and bake for 20-25 minutes. Flip with a spatula after the first ten minutes of baking. If you prefer chunkier granola, don’t stir as it breaks up the clusters. Instead, just rotate the pans at the halfway point to ensure even cooking.
  4. Once the granola is golden brown (usually about 25 minutes), remove from oven and let cool completely. It will crisp up as it cools.
  5. Transfer to an airtight container. Should keep fresh for a couple weeks. Enjoy with as cereal, or a yogurt topper, or just as a snack!
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Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Ball

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Ingredients:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped, divided (I used turkey bacon)
¼ cup green onions, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder

Steps:
1.In a medium sized bowl, stir together cream cheese, half of the jalapeños, shredded cheddar cheese, half of the bacon, green onions, salt, pepper, minced garlic,  garlic powder, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce, until fully incorporated.
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2. On a large plate combine other half of the bacon and jalapeños.  Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball and roll it onto the plate to coat well.

3.Cover with seran wrap and chill for an hour before serving. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve with your favorite crackers and/or pretzels! Deeeeelish!
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Skinny Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites

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I said it once and I’ll say it again…I love pumpkin! I haven’t had pumpkin pie this season (yet) so I decided to make a lighter and healthier miniature version of these little pies. This skinny version of pumpkin pies are moist and have the same flavor of pumpkin pie…They are packed with flavor and are perfectly light and fluffy in every bite.

Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce package) of low-fat whipped cream cheese; softened or at room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin; plain
2 eggs; lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Topping:
Whipped cream, cinnamon

Steps:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a cupcake pan, line 12 muffin liners and spray with cooking spray or butter.

2. In a medium bowl, place cream cheese, pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla together and stir until smooth, light and fluffy. Add in flour, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Continue to mix together until well combined. Spoon in mixture into cupcake liners (fill 3/4 to the top). Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Muffins will look crinkled.

3. Once baked, place on cooling rack until cooled completely. Once cooled, remove liners and place in refrigerator until ready to be served. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon.
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Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie

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Well since it’s almost Halloween and Fall will be over before we know it….I try to squeeze in as many pumpkin recipes as possible because I love pumpkin, duh. This mousse pie can be enjoyed frozen or it can be enjoyed defrosted with a creamy and fluffy texture. The sweet and crispy gingersnap crust and pumpkin mousse is delectable. This is a lighter version of pumpkin pie with nearly 200 calories per serving…not too bad for a delicious fall dessert if you ask me!

Ingredients:
8 ounces gingersnap cookies
2 tablespoons butter; melted
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup low-fat whipped cream
1 quart low-fat vanilla yogurt
Topping:
Whipped cream (I used low-fat)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the gingersnaps, butter, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to form fine crumbs. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until the crust is set and golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
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2. In a large bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 cup whipped cream, and remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar until blended; stir in the yogurt. Spread into the cooled pie crust and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. Wrap tightly in plastic to freeze up to 1 week.

3. When ready to serve, transfer the pie to the refrigerator to soften slightly, about 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream (optional)…and waaaalah! Enjoy!
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Skinny Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea

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I love pumpkin in anything. This warm and spiced up drink is just what I need for this fall. Plain pumpkin is so great for us and this is a great way to get your daily dose. Forget all of those calories you get in your pumpkin spice latte in your coffee shop and try this! It is a real treat for only a few healthy calories. This cozy tea drink is filled with spices and will get you feeling like it’s really Fall season!

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Ingredients:
1 packet of Twinings Chai Tea
1 cup water
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp plain pumpkin puree
Fat-free/low-fat whipped cream

Steps:
1. Bring water and almond milk to a boil. Brew tea for 2-4 minutes and with a spoon stir in pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, honey, and pumpkin puree. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

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