Topic: Fall | 4 post(s).
You know it’s fall when you start seeing “Pumpkin” everywhere, from lattes to pies, this crowd favorite is hard to miss. Whether you’re cooking with it or carving it, pumpkin is the perfect fall treat and here’s why we love it!
Thanks to their iconic bright orange color, pumpkins contain a large amount of beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A and a naturally occurring antioxidant. According to health officials at the University of Illinois, current research has shown that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer as well as cardiovascular disease and aging. Pumpkin is also naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, and as it’s health benefits suggest, it is a great source of iron, potassium and vitamin A. One cup of pumpkin has nearly your whole daily value of vitamin A!
Not all pumpkin is created equal! Beware and be aware of pumpkin as an ingredient and pumpkin as a flavoring. Seasonal flavors are delicious and marketable but they are not necessarily healthy. Pumpkin flavorings are mostly chemicals with little to none of the health benefits of the actual produce. Avoid items that contain “natural and artificial flavors,” and instead look for ones that use actual pumpkin.
There’s a reason why pumpkin is so popular this time of year and that’s because it is in season. Seasonal foods are better to consume because they are more nutrient dense and have fewer food miles. Food miles, meaning how far it takes for your food to get to you, can affect how your food is processed and when it is harvested. You want produce that is picked at peak ripeness because it contains the highest amount of nutrients. So go ahead to your local pumpkin patch and get picking!
Halloween is around the corner and we have the perfect treat for you: DIY Mini Caramel Apples!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
2-3 large honey crisp apples
Oat My Goodness Vintage Granola
Wooden skewers (cut in half)
1. Peel skin off apples with potato peeler.
2. Use melon baller to make apple balls. Tip: push into the apple first, then turn out for a better shape.
3. Stick wooden skewers in apple balls.
4. Warm caramel apple dip in the microwave, dip apple ball in caramel, spin and twist until covered.
5. Top (or dip) in Vintage.
6. Place on parchment paper + enjoy right away!
This recipe was created by and featured on our team member, Laura Coggins, blog Little Frills!
We are going to cave into the pumpkin craze because it doesn’t really feel like fall without some pumpkin in our lives. Are we right? These oats taste like pumpkin pie without the added sugar or guilt. This recipe is so comforting and it's insanely delicious. We know that once you try it, you will want to make it over and over!
¼ cups old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup macadamia milk (we used Milkadamia)*
¼ cup plain yogurt (we used Siggi’s nonfat skyr)
1 heaping spoon of pure pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 dashes of cinnamon (the more, the better!)
1 tbsp. shredded coconut
1 tbsp. raisins
1 tbsp. almond butter (we used Solstice Canyon’s Cardamom flavor)
1 handful of blueberries
¼ cup Vintage granola
½ Persimmon, cubed
-Place all these ingredients into a mason jar and shake well.
-Place in the fridge overnight.
-In the morning, top with Vintage granola and additional fresh fruit of choice (we added persimmon to keep it very seasonal!)
*If you prefer a thicker consistency, add a bit less milk.
I love this recipe because it's an exciting take on oatmeal. You can never go wrong with a traditional bowl of oatmeal, but the crunchy Vintage granola adds great texture and flavor. Especially now that fall is kicking in, this morning bowl really hits the spot.
- 1/4 steel cut oats
- 1 cup milk of choice (I like to use cashew milk)
- 1/2 banana, smashed
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 handful of raisins
- 3 figs
- 1/4 cup of Vintage
Combine the oats, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Cook oats as directed on package. Towards the end of the cooking process, add the smashed banana and raisins to allow the ingredients to simmer together.
Pour the cooked oats into a bowl. Top with figs and Vintage (or your other favorite OMG flavor!)