Pumpkin Pie Monster and [Over] Baked Apples

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Good morning :)

Thank you for your comments on my second entry for Project Food Blog!

I left you with a bit of a cliff-hanger as to what my surprise was when I got back from Paris…

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I came home to a bedroom without furniture, without flooring…

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Well, some flooring. ;)

and a closet without shelves and clothing!

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Where were my clothes!? Oh right…they were all jammed into my suitcase… ;)

I tried to remain calm. I was working with a 12 hour day of travel, no sleep, and a stomach that was growling for dinner.

‘Surprise!!!!!’

Eric exclaimed, beaming with pride like only a man would who was installing his very first hardwood flooring.

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And then he quickly added, ‘Sorry about the mess….I was planning on being finished by the time I picked you up from the airport….’

I looked around.

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I think the saying, ‘So close, yet so far away’ applies here. ;) LOL!

But renos take time and of course I understood. I was just happy to have that ancient carpet gone!

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On Saturday, Eric taught me a few things and I helped him lay down the hardwood. It was actually quite fun, almost like putting a puzzle together!

The tricks to laying down hardwood: 1) Don’t ever let the boards line up (within 6 inches), and 2) Try to mix and match the shades of the wood.

I left the nail gun to his guns, however.

We are almost done our bedroom and the upstairs hallway is about half done now. I really love how the blue paint looks so crisp against the hardwood. We are also going to put up a large white baseboard to polish it off.

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As for our closet, we are going to put in a closet organizer- probably one from Ikea. The one that was in there previously was made from particle board and it made our clothes stink.

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!

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I don’t believe I have done a breakfast post since I have been back. Well, do I have a fun one for you today…

Meet the Pumpkin Pie Monster:

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Don’t worry she’s nice. ;)

I was craving Pumpkin Pie the other morning and I dreamed up this delicious concoction:

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That would be pumpkin, blackstrap molasses, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, and ice.

It tastes like you are drinking a pumpkin pie. I kid you not!!!!

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Pumpkin Pie Monster

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 heaping tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg)
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 frozen banana OR 1/2 serving Vanilla Protein powder
  • 2 large ice cubes

 

Directions: Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Serves 1.

Nutritional Info: (Without protein powder): 121 kcals, 3 grams fat, 6 grams fibre, 2 grams protein.

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It tastes SO good!

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I couldn’t think of a more perfect drink for Fall.

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Even if there are still flowers around where you live… ;)

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With my Pumpkin Pie Monster I had a craving for baked apples in a huge way. I decided to stuff my apples with Power House Glonola and some Earth Balance.

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Easy Glonola Stuffed Baked Apples

Ingredients:

  • 3 Macintosh apples, cored
  • 1 banana, sliced into wedges
  • 3/4 cup Power House Glonola
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of Earth Balance butter

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F and grab a small casserole dish. Core 3 apples and place into the dish. Now stuff them with the glonola until 1/2 cm from the top. Take 1/3 of the pat of butter and stuff it inside the top of the apple. Repeat for other two apples. Take your banana and slice it and place it into the dish. Sprinkle remaining glonola into the dish. Finish by sprinkling on cinnamon. Bake for 25-28 minutes at 350F. Serve hot or refrigerate and serve cold for a vegan overnight oats effect! Serves 2-3.

I accidently forgot about my apples in the oven and they turned into over-baked apples! Whoops.

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They were so delicious. I actually liked them best after chilling in the fridge. It tasted WONDERFUL with the Earth Balance melted throughout the apple. Don’t skip this part! It tasted like a buttery applesauce + a vegan overnight oats dream. The baked banana was also delicious.

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A huge congrats to my best friend Allison and husband Matt who had a beautiful baby girl on Saturday night! It is hard to believe that my best friend since grade 7 has a baby of her own now. Time sure goes by fast…

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Suzy September 27, 2010

That pumpkin pie monster looks/sounds SO good!

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Peggy September 27, 2010

Ohhhhh gooodness, liquid pumpkin pie. I just drooled on my keyboard.

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Bonnie @ Salad Craze September 27, 2010

Mmmm! I also had a Pumpkin Monster on Saturday before seeing your monster! The only thing I did different was added half a frozen banana and a teaspoon of coconut butter. Oh and no molasses, but I’ll try that next time instead of the banana. OH! And I added a tablespoon of ground flax meal (which made it have that “crust like” taste!). Ok, so our recipes are completely different. hee hee hee…

1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
1 tablespoon of ground flax meal
1 teaspoon of coconut butter

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2010

YUM!!

Great idea about the ground flax too!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 27, 2010

haha how sweet of Eric to try to surprise you!! Even though it’s still a mess- that’s very sweet of him :)

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Amber K September 27, 2010

I got a little anxious just looking at the unfinished floors! Luckily I don’t have to see them every day, LOL!

The pumpkin pie monster looks awesome!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 27, 2010

I love the photography of the monster (hehe) sitting amongst the fallen fall leaves. I can’t help but imagine you scooping some up nearby and arranging it beautifully :) This sounds so delicious! I will be making this.

I’ve made baked apples before, but they weren’t as delicious as these sound! One idea is you could chop of the some of the apple from coring and add it to the inside!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 27, 2010

Or maybe you could involve apple cider in some way??

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Heather September 27, 2010

Love your hardwood and wall colour combination. I actually have almost the identical wall colour with dark hardwood floors and I love it. Smoothie looks yummy!

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Laura September 27, 2010

I just had a coconut smoothie with…PURSLANE. Yup, the Union Square farmer’s market has purslane at the moment! Very yummy.

I make a Pumpkin Pie smoothie with carrot juice, raw sweet potato, vanilla, avocado, pumpkin pie spice and ice. I never like flavored protein powders, but when I want extra oomph i add plain hemp powder. Try it, it’s amazing! A little less creamy than yours perhaps, but you could sub a little bit of the almond milk for some of the carrot juice to make it a little more milky.

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Clare @ Fitting It All In September 27, 2010

I seriously can’t bring myself to make a smoothie that isn’t a green monster, but all these pumpkin pie smoothies lately look delicious! What’s the fullness factor? Smoothies usually don’t fill me up

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 27, 2010

I really like your new floors!!!! Would love to have something like that some day in our house… First we need to buy a house though ;P

Your baked apples look so delish!

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Mama Pea September 27, 2010

How’s Eric feeling about all the pumpkin? Because I think if I add pumpkin to one more thing, Pea Daddy is going to strangle me. :)

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Michelle @ IronDivas September 27, 2010

I’m not sure why I’m afraid to try pumpkin flavors… I think I will have to conquer my fear very soon, since it does look good and that’s all I see recently : ) I almost got a pumpkin latte this morning, and then chickened out! : )

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 27, 2010

I think you are my hero today – I have been craving a pumpkin pie smoothie, and this is exaclty what I was looking for! Thank you!

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Julia September 27, 2010

Just wanted to drop a note to say that I’ve recently made two of your recipes (ultimate vegan oatmeal cookies and maple butternut squash apple casserole) and they are both off-the-hook wonderful! My 2-year old son *helped* me make the cookies (he presses the button on the food processor ;)) and it’s SO nice to make cookies for him that are delicious and filled with healthy ingredients!! Thanks so much for your creativity in the kitchen!

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Chelsea at Striking Balance September 27, 2010

That Pumpkin Pie Monster looks amazing. I love adding pumpkin to my smoothies..makes them so smooth!!

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Ashley September 27, 2010

Ahhh!!! I love the fall leaves!! So pretty! They don’t change too much around here. However there are a ton of Aspen trees that change to the most amazing golden yellow you have ever seen! Adding molasses is a great idea for that smoothie..mmm

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 27, 2010

Omg I HATE renovations. I am sooo anal and neat and clean and tidy that it just annoys the hell outta me to see my house and my possessions in a state of chaos…but, gotta start somewhere in order to get to the final result, dont you :)

The pumpkin pie smoothie looks great as do the apples! yum!

I love the DARK wood you guys chose for your flooring too. It looks sooo modern and crisp and classy. Lovely! I redid my whole house in slate gray, ivory, and dark wood about 12-24 mos ago. It was a work in progress b/c not every room $$ can be done at once if ya know what I mean, $$ but yeah, I love dark wood these days!

:)

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Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 27, 2010

Oh you are definitely my favorite person today with that pumpkin monster. Pumpkin and green monsters, two of my favorite things!

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Charmaine September 27, 2010

Ok, I REALLY need to invest in a blender! Smoothie looks sooo good. I used to be on a BIG apple kick by doing exactly what you did (complete with some brown sugar), just makes the apples so good. I should definitely get back into doing that!

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ModelBehavior September 27, 2010

Reno projects stress me out big time! Way to keep your cool!

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Amy September 27, 2010

What happened to your new found love of coffee?? :)

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Dee September 27, 2010

oh my GOSH! the pumpkin pie monster will be made in my household soon. FO’ SHO’. ;)

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Monique@She's Going The Distance September 27, 2010

I don’t know how I’d feel about drinking pumpkin pie…. haha. Yogurtland had pumpkin spiced pie yogurt the other day and I couldn’t stand it.

I’d be intrigued to try yours though! It sounds like fun :)

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Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 27, 2010

MM baked apples,, They still look amazing overbaked!

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Bridget September 27, 2010

Mmm I love apples! You have my vote :)

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Bridget September 27, 2010

Mmm I love apples! You have my vote :)

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Katherine September 27, 2010

Angela! Wow, that floor is gorgeous! What a sweet guy to try to surprise you!

Your smoothie and apples look delicious! It’s finally starting to cool off here so I feel like I can finally enjoy fall flavors. I can’t wait to make some baked apples!

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Christina September 27, 2010

Hello! I am a fairly new reader and I really love your blog. You are so inspirational and I have truly enjoyed trying out some of your yummy recipes. I having been thinking about baking some healthy-ish pumpkin bread, and haven’t found any recipes that have wowed me. I really don’t want to put 2 cups of sugar into one loaf of bread. So, first of all, can we be friends b/c I think you are awesome? :-) And, secondly, do you have any amazing pumpkin bread recipes to share with me?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 27, 2010

Anyone who loves pumpkin is a friend of mine! haha ;)
I will put pumpkin bread on my fall must make list…keep ur eyes peeled

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 27, 2010

Oh the wonderful fall flavors! I love the idea of a pumpkin smoothie!

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Tiffany @Eat, Run, Writ, Love September 27, 2010

Mmmmm… those baked apples look amazing! I will have to try that. Isn’t fall awesome? I am looking forward to all the different foods and flavors that fall brings. So many recipes, so little time!

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stacey-healthylife September 27, 2010

Such an abundance of fall yummies.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 27, 2010

A smoothie is one of the few things I haven’t tried with pumpkin yet! I can’t wait to give this one a try. :D

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Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook September 27, 2010

- I am so glad you’re back home! I was missing your recipe posts! The flooring looks really good! I actually like the blue walls against floors, it stands out beautifully. Stuffed baked apples!? It sounds strange, but it looks yummy!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 27, 2010

Your flooring looks BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the colour!

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Allison @ Girl in her Kitchen September 28, 2010

oh, those apples look delicious! I have a ton of apples in the house and I am going to try that :)

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Julie October 22, 2012

Thanks for the delicious smoothie inspiration. I made one today (substituting dates for the molasses) and it was fantastic!

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Celeste October 27, 2012

How long can you freeze bananas for and is the molasses for flavor or?

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camille January 18, 2013

I like the pumpkin smoothie idea, but, since I always have other gourds in my fridge, I wonder if I could use those. Are your canned pumpkins sweetened and/or spiced? Can I use frozen butternut squash? Cuban squash? Acorn squash? Thanks and your blog is making a big difference in my push for healthy living!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 21, 2013

Nope my canned pumpkin isn`t sweetened. Not sure how other squash would turn out, but it could be tasty! I think butternut especially might be nice. Let me know how it goes!

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Alex April 25, 2013

I’m so peeved they don’t sell canned pumpkin in Austrlia:(

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Debbie August 21, 2013

I tried it with the banana first, could taste a hint of banana flavor coming through. This morning I elected to go with the protein powder, also increased the spices by a tad, and added some maple syrup for a bit more sweetness (personal preference). Thanks! Yummy recipe for a gal who loves pumpkin pie but who’s hubby does not.

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