When I was a kid we had a cat named Dusty II who would go to great lengths to get my Mom’s homemade pumpkin pie. She would climb on top of the fridge, chew through saran wrap, get lids off with her paws, etc. When autumn rolls around, I AM Dusty. I can’t get enough pumpkin soy lattes, pumpkin sweets, pumpkin-scented candles, and even savory pumpkin entrees. I would like to think that it’s due to some kind of seasonal vitamin A deficiency, but I’m pretty sure it’s all about mental comfort. There ARE worse dependencies, though, right?
Anyway, when I saw Amber Shea’s Creamy Pumpkin-Pecan Oatmeal on Almost Vegan, I HAD to try it! I modified it for the microwave because I hate washing dishes. I just mixed the following in a bowl:
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1/4 cup soy milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sweetener of choice (I used a drizzle of agave nectar)
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
Then I microwaved it for about a minute and then let it sit for about a minute. It was like pumpkin pie for breakfast: sooooo delicious!
- 1/4 cup quick oats: $0.02
- 1/4 cup soy milk: $0.05
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin purée: $0.20
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon: $0.03
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract: $0.05
- Sweetener of choice (I used a drizzle of agave nectar): $0.02
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans: $0.05
=$0.42 for a perfect breakfast!
Also recently I made some pumpkin cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party. I used the easiest recipe in history. Just mix:
- 1 box of spice cake mix
- 1 can of pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Spoon into 12 muffin cups, then bake at 350 for 22 to 24 minutes.
These come out fluffy, moist, and super low in fat!
In keeping with the whole low-fat thing, I decided to frost them with a healthy chocolate-pumpkin frosting. Just mix:
- 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
- 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
This stuff tasted good. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet. BUT I was really disappointed with the consistency. The picture on the Web site has a perfectly piped petal pattern, but my frosting was gloppy, runny, and ugly. No problem. I spooned a SMALL amount on each cupcake and then ran to the corner store for some sprinkles. When I got to the party, the frosting was pretty smooshed, but sprinkles hide all decorating sins.
People said they liked the cupcakes, including one guy who normally doesn’t like pumpkin.
- 1 box of spice cake mix: $1.29
- 1 can of pumpkin: $1.79
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract: $0.10
- 1/2 c. canned pumpkin: $0.40
- 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder: $0.36
- 1/4 c. honey: $0.75
- 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce: $0.17
=$4.86 for a dozen cupcakes or $0.41 each
I won’t give up on my pumpkin obsession until after Christmas.