Pumpkin-flavored goodies get a lot of attention in October. Everyone’s all a-flutter about pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pancakes and carving pumpkins and such for the month of October. Then, aside from pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, poor little pumpkin is thrown by the wayside, neglected and forgotten in favor of Christmas cookies and peppermint mochas.
Food is my love language. Both in solitude and with others, I find comfort in food. I have many memories that revolve around food. I love to make food with my sisters. I adore holiday traditions that involve food. I love to make food to share.
Maybe it’s because I’m an October baby, but I just cannot get enough pumpkin goodies in the fall and winter. There is something comforting, familiar, and just so autumnal about the flavor of pumpkin.
So, yes, it is November, but let me share with you a few of my favorite pumpkin treats I’ve been enjoying this month.
After my cup of coffee (or two) in the morning, I still crave something warm during these chilly mornings, but want to do without extra caffeine. I’ve been fixing myself a no-coffee pumpkin latte or a pumpkin chai many mornings. I typically find myself enjoying my warm beverage with a gooey pumpkin square – I make these several times each fall. While I usually make them with chocolate chips, I most recently made them with peanut butter chips. YUM.
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Heat milk, chai concentrate and pumpkin on the stove top. Whisk like crazy to make frothy. (Experiment with the ratios to find what you prefer.
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1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat on the stove until thoroughly heated. I like to use my immersion blender to make it super frothy. (Also quite tasty after cooled in the fridge.) Source.
Do you have a favorite comfort food during these chilly months?
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