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Pumpkin treat recipes!

chocolate-peanut-butter-pumpkin-smoothieMelinda is my Detox buddy, since literally a few years ago when we beta tested it. We’ve done it together several times. She’s game for anything that improves health. She’s also my personal assistant and one of my best friends. And a very active mother of 5, ranging from age 20 to age 5, and a runner at her ideal weight of 125 lbs at 5’7″. As I often say of my mentors and examples, like Coach Judi and Coach Madeline, “She doesn’t eat a perfect diet. (Neither do I.) She just eats a very, very healthy diet, very consistently.”

Melinda and I love to travel together, because we love the same foods. Next weekend, we take our boys to St. George for a baseball tournament, and we’re already planning what to tote in the cooler. Sure, chocolate’s one of our mutual favorites! But we also love wildly healthy things like a 16 oz green juice at WFM when we’re traveling. And green smoothies every day at home. We juice vegetables and our palms are a little orange from the pigment of drinking carrots and beets, for years.

The other day, we were talking about how we crave pumpkin and peanut butter this time of year. Anything with pumpkin in it is okay with me, YUM! So Melinda made up these tasty recipes for us and our kids:

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up

(Dessert! Cold or hot drink, or you can make it a thick pudding by adding arrowroot powder, psyllium powder, or blended chia, and chill.)

1/2 c pumpkin purée
2 Tbsp cacao powder
1 scoop GreenSmoothieGirl chocolate protein powder
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
Hazelnut flavored stevia to taste
1-2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1 1/2 c. coconut water
2 drops blended essential oils: orange, cinnamon, clove, rosemary, eucalyptus
(makes this treat an immune stimulant)

Blend all but essential oils and enjoy as a hot, warm, drink–or cold, if you prefer. After you heat it, add the essential oils right before serving.

Raw Pumpkin Peanut Butter Pie

Crust

1 c. almonds
1 c. soaked raisins or dates
2 Tbsp cacao powder

pumpkin peanut butter pieFilling

1 c. pumpkin purée
1/3 c. natural peanut butter
1/2 c soaked raisins or dates
2 packets stevia powder
2 Tbsp almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Soak raisins or dates for at least 1 hour to soften.  Drain and  combine all ingredients for crust in food processor or high-powered blender.  Press into small pie pan.  Chill while making the filling.  Add all ingredients for filling, after draining water from raisins or dates first.  Blend until thick and creamy.  Layer filling on top of crust and freeze.