Tuesday, October 14, 2008

pumpkinpalooza!

pictured above: my son, october 2007
i decided that i would get with the program and write an entry dedicated to the pumpkin. and why not? it's frickin' october month o' the pumpkin. my friend nicole who has an omni food blog has been pre-occupied with pumpkins lately and i've caught the bug.
i tried vegan crunks recipe for pumpkin pie oatmeal and i really liked it! sorry, no pictures were taken because i ate said breakfast treat with such voracity that it was gone before i turned the camera on. i have quite a sweet tooth, so i topped the oatmeal with a little turbinado, raisins, and some vanilla silk creamer. it was so decadent! pairs well with a cup of black coffee.
as mentioned before, i've been feeling under the weather and my throat hurts. i used some of the leftover canned pumpkin to make a pumpkin shake that was quite tasty. in my pregan days, i would go to DQ and get a pumpkin pie blizzard. i'm sure this one is a bit healthier:
1/2 c. pureed pumpkin (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING)
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 frozen banana
1/2 c apple cider
3/4 c vanilla soy milk
3/4 c soy delicious vanilla ice cream
blend everything in a blender until smooth. sprinkle additional cinnamon or nutmeg on top if you wish.
i know vegans don't eat food if it has a face, but would this one count?
my favorite pumpkin recipe is by miki at random hag. it is also in la dolce vegan:
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce
egg replacer = 3 eggs
1 16-ounce can pumpkin
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together sugars, oil, applesauce, egg replacer and pumpkin. Sift together flours, spices, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Mix the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Butter and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
Bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until knife comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack. this makes two loaves-so give one to a friend!

how awesome!



3 comments:

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Oh my gosh, he is just the most adorable little baby EVER!!!! Awwww times 10000!

Oh, and in answer to your "where's the chocolate" qustion: You'll be seeing it when I do my snack post :o). Yay for chocolate!

Bianca said...

Oh wow! I'm gonna have to make the oatmeal again and pour vanilla soy creamer in it. I LOVE SOY CREAMER! I actually drink it straight from the container...it's a bad habit from my pregan days when I did creamer shots with those little containers.

And your baby is so adorable. At first glance, I didn't notice a baby there and then I was like, whoa, there's a pumpkin baby!

Your milkshake sounds so delicious. I'm gonna try that too. And I love the old news story about pumpkins with faces. So neat!

vegannifer said...

Well now you have to post a pumpkin picture of your son this year. I bet there's a HUGE difference!

I am so creeped out by those pumpkins with faces....