Pumpkin Gutz + Seedz
Growing up, our night to carve pumpkins was always looked forward to. We would set up newspaper on the ground in the garage and dive in. When we were finished, we’d put our newly carved jack-o-lanterns on our stoop with a lit candle, and proceed to clean up the mess in the garage. We’d bundle everything up, guts and seeds included, and throw them straight into the trash. I was so used to this growing up that I had no idea the inside of the pumpkin was actually food! And good food at that!
Pumpkin is actually a great way to get a plentiful blend of nutrients into your diet. It is great for your heart, and provides your body with fiber, vitamin c, and potassium! I challenge you to use my three easy recipes below to create fun recipes with your pumpkin guts + seeds instead of throwing them away! Enjoy, y’all!
Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding
I mean come on guys- chia pudding. Does it get any easier than that? For those of you who have never made chia pudding, you’re going to love it! It is a great way to meal prep for a well rounded breakfast in the morning. Chia pudding provides excellent fats + protiens due to it’s rich sources of omega-3’s, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. Another reason to add chia seeds to your diet is because today’s society lacks omega-3’s BIG TIME. So eat up!
What you need:
2 cups coconut milk- Trader Joes’ is my favorite
1 cup pumpkin guts
9 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
First, puree your pumpkin guts. Measure it out to 1 cup AFTER you puree. Then, blend your coconut milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, vanilla extract, maple syrup on a low setting, just to mix it up. Pour into a large mason jar and add your chia seeds. Put the lid on and shake it hard. Set a timer for 5 minutes and shake again to prevent chia seeds from clumping. Put in fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning! Add any toppings you may like to make it more festive. I paired my pudding with pumpkin bark!
Pumpkin Apple Mini Muffin Dog Treats!
Your dogs can thank me with kisses later. This is an unbelievably easy recipe to keep their tummy’s full and hearts happy!
What you need:
2 cups pumpkin guts
4 cups oatmeal
2 large apples
After you preheat your oven to 425 F, puree your pumpkin guts (measure your pumpkin guts AFTER you puree). Then, grate your oatmeal in a food processor or blender. After that, core your apples and slice them for easier blending. When finished, blend your pumpkin puree, grated oatmeal, apple slices and 1 egg until thick. Rub coconut oil in mini muffin pan and spoon mixture into pan until full. Cook for 12 minutes, let cool, and let your babies enjoy!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Why eat pumpkin seeds? Because they taste bomb after you roast them, and because they are an excellent source of healthy fats, zinc and magnesium. What do you need to roast them? This is where your taste buds come in! How many pumpkins you carve, and how many seeds you’d like to roast, will be the deciding factor of how much seasoning you pour onto them. Here is what I do!
What you need:
Kerrygold grass-fed butter
Redmond Real Salt
Roasted garlic powder
Preheat your oven to 300 F and melt your desired amount of butter on the stove top. Pour pumpkin seeds + melted butter into large bowl and toss (using your hands works well!). Then, pour in your desired amount of paprika, onion powder, salt, and roasted garlic powder. Toss again. Spread out on oven pan and cook for 45 minutes. Let cool and sample a taste. A lot of the time you will want to add a pinch more of your Redmond’s Real Salt. Then enjoy!