Welcome to Week 3 of my pumpkin spice series. This week I have chosen Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites, Pumpkin Pull Apart Loaf, and Creamy Pumpkin Soup. For the breakfast dish, I made some pumpkin oatmeal energy bites. I’m a big fan of the chocolate chip “cookie dough” energy bites that I have made many times, so I figured this would be a nice fall twist. I also made a pumpkin pull apart loaf for a midday pick me up. For the dinner dish, I chose a creamy pumpkin soup. I’ve been on a soup kick for the past couple of days, and the pictures of this one on Pinterest were delightful!
The first I tried was the pumpkin oatmeal energy bites. They are so incredibly easy to make! All you do is mix together the ingredients and roll them into bite-sized balls. These are perfect to kickstart your day or take along as a snack on a busy day. Although I think I prefer the regular chocolate chip cookie bites I make, I do enjoy the pumpkin taste of these. They have chocolate chips and the main ingredients of the other’s with a few extra ingredients, namely pumpkin and pumpkin spice, along with chia seeds. It’s a great twist on a classic recipe!
Next I made the pumpkin pull apart loaf. This was surprisingly easy to make. For the dough you just use Pillsbury grand biscuits and add in the pumpkin and cinnamon flavorings. This took a while longer to bake than then recipe says, but it turned out well! They have a bit of the classic biscuit taste mixed with cinnamon and then pumpkin all around it. This would be a great dessert for a dinner party or even a bigger event!
The last dish I made was the creamy pumpkin soup. This was also a pretty simple recipe. It calls for real pumpkin, but I used an equivalent amount of pumpkin puree, so it is a little different than the true recipe. The soup took a long while simmering to get the potatoes and carrots to a point where they could be mushed down with a mixer. Once they were soft, I used a hand mixer to puree most of them, leaving only a few for some extra texture that I like. After that you add half and half and it’s ready to serve. I threw some bacon bits along with salt and pepper on top to garnish it. It is delicious and super healthy! Even though it took a long time, it was easy to do other things while making it, stirring occasionally until ready to puree! If you need a warm, creamy fall soup, this will be perfect for you!
Stay tuned for Pumpkin Spice Week 4 with recipes for pumpkin scones, pumpkin butter, and pumpkin chili.