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Pumpkin season is here. Hoorayyyyyyy.
I know pumpkin can be a polarizing. Either eaters love it or hate it. I stand proudly on the side of pumpkin love.
Like, literally. Can not get enough of it. See pumpkin cookies in the store, bend a knee, and bow. Stir it into waffles, put it into pancakes, buy it in Costco-sized pie.
But Costco sized pies sitting on your countertops are total temptation.
And so, I set out today to make a single-serving treat. A Paleo Pumpkin Pie for One. Made in two minutes.
The results were divine. Pure ingredients. Simple things you already have. Microzapped until custardy.
With a pecan crust, and a touch of honeyed blueberries, this sweet dessert is the perfect way to enjoy Pumpkin Season without enjoying the WorkYourGiantAss Out season which traditionally follows.
PALEO PUMPKIN MUG PIE
4 tablespoons finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
5-6 drops stevia
1 tablespoon chocolate chips (if desired)
Toppings: Honey-sweetened whipped cream, raspberries, or Blueberries
1. Sprinkle two tablespoons of pecans in the bottom of a mug.
2. Drizzle with 1/2 tablespoon honey.
3. In a small bowl, mix together pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, egg, 2 tablespoons honey, and just enough stevia to make the pie filling sweet.
4. Spoon into a ceramic coffee mug.
5. Sprinkle with pecans and chocolate chips. Drizzle with honey.
6. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, until the center is set.
7. Cool slightly. Top as you desireth.
I’m an absolute sucker for cult-fad diets. I’ve survived 10-days on the Master Cleanse, sucking down nothing but cayenne lemonade and maple syrup. I’ve done Juice Fasts and taken Smoothie Challenges. Been Vegan. Gone Paleo. Tried the South Beach Diet. And spent a month Fat Flushing.
So, when I heard about the Bulletproof Executive’s approach to Bio-Hacking, with the most intensive part of his program involving a single cup of butter-blended, high-fat Bulletproof Coffee in the morning and 18-hours of daily fasting, I was all sorts of up to trying the diet on.
The Boyfriend and I printed out his blueprint, bought ourselves some grassfed butter, and dove into 30-days of high-fat, low-carb, Bulletproof Coffee existencing.
How’s it been? Stay tuned for a recap post! We’re still in the middle of it all, but when it’s ova I’ll recap.
In the meantime, waking up to a cup of coffee is a happy affair. The boyfriend loves the creamy, latte-like goodness of classic Bulletproof. But, me being a food tinkerer and autumn lover decided to add a little oomph to the traditional, turning Bulletproof Coffee into a steaming, homemade mug of Bulletproof PSL.
Because. Pumpkin. Spice. Latte. Done Healthy.
It’s totally a thing.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT: MESQUITE POWDER
In the printable recipe below, you’ll see a fairly simple list of ingredients. MCT oil may sound like an unfamiliar, odd little add-in. But, it’s basically Coconut Oil + Palm Oil. An uber-healthy, high-energy promoting oil that remains liquid. If you’re a fan of coconut oil, you know it hardens up at room temperature. MCT oil doesn’t. It stays smooth and pourable, making it perfect for beverages. You’ll be able to find MCT oil in the supplement aisle of Whole Foods.
Mesquite Powder may also be an unfamiliar ingredient. I was initially turned off by the name, assuming it had something to do with Barbecue. But, Mesquite Powder is actually a sweet, caramelly powder made from ground pods.
My favorite version is sold by Essential Living Foods. This company is the new face of gorgeous superfoods. If you want incredible, high-nutrient food in gorgeous packaging, go.visit.their.website. And, buy.one.of.everything.
In this recipe, Mesquite Powder adds a pop of natural sweetness, and tons of delicious caramel flavor. When people say “healthy” and “delicious,” I think it’s easy to feel dubious. Like, when was the last time you were reccomended a “Superfood Powder”, or smoothie powder, or greens powder, or protein powder that didn’t make you gag just a little? I promiseswear, Mesquite Powder is instantly delicious. Think of it like a vanilla bean had a baby with a carob plant, and you’ve got some idea of the natural goodness of Mesquite Powder.
On top of pure flavor wonder, 1 Tablespoon of Mesquite Powder also adds:
- 3g Protein
- 36% of Daily Dietary Fiber
- High in Lysine & other Amino Acids
- Low Glycemic Index, which means sweetness without a blood sugar spike
- Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron and Zinc
If you’re looking for a delicious way to kickstart you morning, satiate hunger cravings, and sip more superfoods. Don’t head to the ‘Bux! Make this delicious Superfood Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, and enjoy all that classic PSL flavor, and none of the naughtiness.
Made this at home? Trying Bulletproof, too? Leave me a comment! I’d love to know how it’s all working for you!
BULLETPROOF PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
1 cup hot brewed coffee
2 tablespoons grassfed butter
1 1/2 tablespoons MCT oil
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon Mesquite Powder
1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2-3 drops stevia
1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix.
2. Pop the top, center plug out of the Vitamix cover.
3. Blend on high for 30 seconds.
4. Pour into a mug & enjoy!
It rained all weekend.
Having come down with a case of the somethings, I holed myself away for days. Lying lazily on The Boyfriend’s couch and sipping miso soup by the vatful. I don’t love feeling sickish. But, being sickish on a rainy autumn weekend somehow feels like the stuff of novels. Slightly tragic, utterly romantic.
I craved pumpkin all weekend.
It all started with a trip to Trader Joes, wherein every aisle was capped with pumpkinsomething. There was pumpkin bread and pumpkin coffee. I came home with Pumpkin Spice Caramels and mini Pumpkin Scones. Because, OMG. Irresistible.
Of course, 11 scone cookies and 1 bellyache in, I remembered why I’ve sworn off gluten and sworn into paleoeatsin’. Because the food we put in, becomes the body we live in.
So how does a pumpkin lovin’ gal survive the season without flour-based cookies, cakes, and miniscones? Thankfully, there are a few saving graces. And one of those is this.
Pumpkin Spice Banana Whip.
Can I getta whoop?!
Some of you’s alls may not know what Banana Whip is. So, let me explain.
Banana Whip is one-ingredient banana ice cream. ONE. INGREDIENT.
Like, basically, freeze a banana, blend it in a blender, and you’ve got soft-serve ice cream. No shuga. Lots of flava.
I’ve gone and taken the basic recipe, and autumnized it. If you don’t like the latte part, ignore. If you don’t have the Vitamix part, don’t ignore. Go shopping. It’s time to get a Vitamix in your kitch. It just is. Make it so.
Plus also, stay tuned. So much happening here this week, it’ll make your Fall Fever kick up something wonderful.
PALEO PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE BANANA WHIP
3 frozen bananas
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
2-4 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey, or stevia)
1 tablespoon vanilla or kahlua
1. Place everything (But blueberries) in a Vitamix.
2. Blend. Scoop.
3. Top with blueberries & another drizzle of maple syrup.