Such a fun weekend! I can’t believe tomorrow is back to the grind already. 😦 Between 2:30am nights out and a late hockey game tonight, I am definitely going to be starting the work week in sleep deprivation mode…totally worth it 😉
Last week I made Gina’s pumpkin butter. I’ve been wanting to make pumpkin butter (best oatmeal mix-in ever, by the way), but the sugar content of most recipes scared me a way. Gina must have read my mind because a lower sugar recipe of hers popped into my inbox last week. Mucho gracias!
Pumpkin Butter from Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipes
3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, or 1 (29 ounce) can
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup apple cider or juice
1 cup packed brown sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Serves 14 (about 1/4 cup each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 88 calories; 0.3 g. fat; 27.3 g. carbohydrate; 2.5 g. fiber; 1.0 g. protein
Result: Very good! Not the BEST pumpkin butter ever, but that’s because there’s less sugar than pumpkin unlike many recipes 😉 It is very easy to make and goes great in oatmeal, on toast, and in lattes (keep reading!).
And a creative way to use pumpkin butter…
Pumpkin Spiced Latte adapted from Gina’s Weight Watchers Recipe
1 1/2 cups fat free milk
2 tbsp pumpkin butter (recipe above)2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
fat free whipped topping
pumpkin pie spice for topping
In a small pan combine milk, pumpkin butter, coffee, pumpkin pie spice and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until boiling. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Using an immersion blender, Blend until smooth with a wire whisk. Pour into 2 mugs and top with pumpkin pie spice, if desired. Serves 2 (8 ounces each)
Nutrition Information (per serving): 98 calories; 0 g. fat; 4 mg. cholesterol; 92 mg. sodium; 19.5 g. carbohydrate; 18.5 g. sugar; 6 g. protein
Result: Delicious! These lattes do not need the whipped topping! If you order a 8 ounce Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte made with non-fat milk and no whipped topping, it runs 130 calories. Making the homemade version is therefore healthier and lighter on the pocket book!
Question: What’s your coffee order from Starbucks?
Hope it’s as gorgeous there as it is here…86 and sunny!! 😀