5 Weeks of Pumpkin Spice: Week 1

I have decided to embrace all things pumpkin this year and what better way than to try three new pumpkin recipes each week (a breakfast, a snack or dessert, and a dinner) and let you all know how they turn out!

To start this series off, I have chosen Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, and Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese.  I have been on such a smoothie breakfast kick lately so what better way to transition into fall.  Also, I am so thankful that the leaves are finally changing and it finally feels like fall here in West Michigan!  What better way to enjoy the weather than with a cup of tea and a yummy pumpkin spice cookie.  For the dinner dish, I chose a pumpkin risotto.  I haven’t made risotto in a while but I love the taste of it so I’m curious how it will be with this autumn spin.

The first I tried was the pumpkin smoothie.  I really enjoyed this.  It’s a super simple and healthy recipe and it’s totally customizable to your preferences.  The first time, I followed the recipe except I used vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain.  Then I tried changing it up a bit.  I like to add oats and chia seeds to my smoothies to give it some more rote in and fiber to keep me going until lunch.  I also tried using pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon.  This is the perfect fall smoothie to play with and find your flavor!

Pumpkin Smoothie


Next I made the pumpkin spice cookies.  These were pretty simple to make, but a bit time consuming.  I ended up making the dough in the evening, refrigerating them overnight, and baking them in the morning.  These cookies required a few spices that I didn’t have on hand but it was worth the trip to Meijer to purchase them.  I am not exaggerating when I say that they did not last long.  My roommates and I devoured them!  They were absolutely delicious!!

Mixing Cookie Dough

Pumpkin Spice Cookies


The last dish I made was the pumpkin risotto.  This is a very easy risotto recipe and it tastes delicious.  One of my favorite things about making risotto is that you have to mix in the broth slowly.  It is very relaxing to just disconnect from the busy world and simply stir.  This recipe is the epitome of fall and would be perfection for a thanksgiving meal too!  The pumpkin is complemented wonderfully by goat cheese and dried cranberries.  One of my roommates tasted it and loved it enough to add it to her meal plan this week!  This will definitely be a staple in my home this season.

Pumpkin Risotto


I hope you enjoy these pumpkin recipes this week!  Have you tried any of these?  What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Stay tuned for Pumpkin Spice Week 2 with recipes for pumpkin pie coffee cake, pumpkin pie truffles, and pumpkin alfredo.

2 Replies to “5 Weeks of Pumpkin Spice: Week 1”

  1. I can’t wait to try out the risotto! I’m intimidated by rice because somehow I always burn it, but I really love pumpkin and risotto, so it’s worth a shot!

    1. So glad you’re going to try it! It’s not too hard. Just have to stay and stir most of the cooking time(: Let me know how yours turns out!

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