I’m fully embracing the cooler temperatures with fall recipes.  We’ve had squash, squash and more squash lately and this week is all about pumpkin for me.  I started the week with amazing pumpkin muffins from Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.  This book has been my guide during my latest wellness journey – changing to a paleo diet.  These muffins are delicious and use coconut flour and oil instead of gluten and dairy.  Amazing!  I couldn’t find fresh cranberries so I tossed in some chopped walnuts.

On Monday morning, I had some leftover pumpkin so I deviated from my usual green smoothie and made a pumpkin pie smoothie for breakfast.  It was the perfect smoothie for a cool morning.  Even though it was icy cold, it was warming with the creamy pumpkin and spices.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Serves 2
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon raw honey (pure maple syrup would also be delicious)
4-5 ice cubes

Blend and dust with cinnamon.

My next pumpkin plan is to make paleo pumpkin pancakes from Practical Paleo.

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What are your favorite pumpkin recipes?

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