Pumpkins Aren’t Just For Carving, So Try These Recipes!

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When you think of autumn, many sights and smells probably come to mind. Firstly, pumpkins are a big part of the season — often in decorations. Certainly, this is true with holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. However, pumpkins are not limited to just décor and props. There are plenty of pumpkin recipes that can complement just about any meal and occasion. Try a couple of dishes this fall.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Firstly, pumpkins make wonderful desserts and snacks. You should begin with these yummy cream cheese muffins. They will go great at any time of the day. You’ll need ingredients for the cream cheese filling, the crumb topping, and, of course, the pumpkin batter. In all, it takes a total of an hour and a half of preparation and baking time to make them.

Start with 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/3 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of sour cream. Moreover, beat these together until the mixture is smooth. Next, add a large egg and combine it well into the mixture. You’ll then put together the crumb topping. Do this by stirring together ½ cup of brown sugar, ¾ cup of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

Next, melt 4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle it over the mixture. Add ½ cup of flour and mix it well with a fork. However, be cautious not to overmix it.

Lastly, the pumpkin batter requires the following:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Mix the ingredients well and fill 12 muffin tin cups three-quarters full of the batter. Put 2 tablespoons of cream cheese filling into the center of each cup. Next, sprinkle the crumb topping over each cup. Bake the muffins for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Paleo Pumpkin Waffles

Secondly, satisfy your breakfast hunger with this tempting recipe. It makes four servings and takes just 30 minutes. You’ll need to assemble the following:

  • 12 ounces raspberries
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly, plus more for the waffle iron
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Start by making a jam-like topping out of the raspberries by heating half of them with 2 tablespoons of water. Next, whisk the pumpkin, coconut oil, vanilla, and eggs. Moreover, combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and ¼ teaspoon of salt until the mixture is smooth.

Finally, heat your waffle iron and cook the batter. You can then enjoy an amazing batch of waffles.

These two pumpkin recipes can become favorites this season. Try them this fall.



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