Halloween Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Happy Halloween everyone! Here is a quick smoothie recipe I’ve been making with some leftover roasted pumpkin that I froze after Thanksgiving. I thawed it and have been making smoothies with it, and also added some to a batch of veggie chilli. This smoothie made a delicious and festive breakfast this morning.

Pumpkin is really good for you. According to The Everyday Squash Cook by Rob Firing, Ivy Knight, and Kerry Knight, pumpkin has vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, vitamin B5, phosphorous, and potassium.

Serves: 2

Ingredients
1 yellow banana
1 cup pumpkin meat (mine was roasted at 350*F for about 40 minutes, and cooled)
4 dates, plus extra dates, agave syrup, or maple syrup to taste
4 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 cups almond milk, or other non-dairy milk

I prepped all the ingredients and blended them in my blender, enough to ensure that the dates were not chunky anymore.

20151031_093756

Voila!

Black Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to post about this delicious, protein-filled cookie recipe. My boyfriend showed it to me over a year ago, and whenever I make too many black beans, this is my go-to recipe. It has no flour in it and is easy to make. Just to clarify, I’m don’t abide by a wheat-free diet, but I try not to make all my meals and snacks centre around it. This is for the sake of variety, which is important for ensuring I am getting enough of everything else. It is super easy to reach the ideal carbohydrate limit for the day with cereals, bread, pasta, potatoes, squash, etc. So, when I think of snacks, I’m thinking about veggies, fruits, fats (oils, nuts and avocado), and protein. I like to make sure I am eating protein whenever possible, especially in snacks, and I find protein-filled snacks are the most filling and satisfying (gluten is a protein, so I am not against that). Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups black beans, or one can (rinse them well to get excess salt off)
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips

I preheated the oven to 375*F. In a small bowl I mixed together the maple syrup, vanilla, and chia seeds. Separately, in a food processor I blended the black beans, coconut oil, and salt until smooth (you could add 1/4 tsp cayenne powder, but I prefer not to). Then I added the wet ingredients to the food processor and blended the mixture some more. I placed the batter into a medium bowl and mixed in the chocolate chips. I then spooned the cookies on a cookie sheet that was lined with parchment paper and flattened them to the size I wanted them, as they do not rise. I prefer cookies on the smaller side, so each cookie was about 2 tbsp.  The cookies were baked for 15 minutes, and once cooled were kept in the fridge.

I remember that one batch made a pretty small amount: 8-10. So, I have doubled it before and froze the extra cookies.

No picture today, sorry folks.