What can you do with pumpkin guts?

By Marla Finley

I haven’t carved a pumpkin since 13 years ago during a college social.  I remember not liking it then.  It’s hard to do, tough to cut and messy!  Pumpkin carving should be a sport.

The Four Finley Punkins

Animated kids can change my attitude. So, last night we set about to carve a pumpkin.  But I’m so practical, that I didn’t want to just throw away all the guts.  First we watched a how to carve a pumpkin video.  Then, I found ideas for recipes.

So, here’s for a long post of 3 picture recipes that we were able to do with the guts of one big pumpkin!

  1. Pumpkin seeds as a yummy snack
  2. Pumpkin protein smoothie
  3. Pumpkin waffles

PUMPKIN SEEDS

Separate the pumpkin membranes from the seeds, wash and dry on a towel

Place clean pumpkin seeds on a sprayed baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt and cinnamon. Then, bake at 350 for 10-20 minutes.

Enjoy this healthy snack.  We were surprised that we really like the salty and cinnamon taste.  And it sure made the house smell awesome.

PUMPKIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Smoothie ingredients

1/2 Cup crushed ice

1 Tablespoon pumpkin purée

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon agave nectar (or other healthy sweetener to taste)

1/2 cup Almond milk

2 Scoops of protein powder–OsoLean is our preferred supplement since it also targets fat loss

Optional: 1 teaspoon Ambrotose for immune power

PUMPKIN WAFFLES FROM SCRATCH

Pumpkin waffle ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (wheat is best)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (or healthy sugar alternative)
  • Optional: 4 teaspoons Ambrotose for immune power
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 2/3 cups almond milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl then mix both bowls’ ingredients together while heating the waffle iron.

    Use a 1/2 cup measuring spoon to scoop a heaping scoop of batter onto the sprayed waffle iron.  Close the lid and cook for about 2 minutes until lightly brown and firm.

    The batter shouldn't come to the edges or else it will overflow when it's closed.

    Result: 9 delicious homemade waffles!

    Use a fork and a spatula to move to a foil covered plate.

    This mix made 9 heart-shaped pancakes that were so super delicious.  The waffles were a lot more flimsy than with regular batter, but the taste was so moist and decadent.  We are definitely making these again!

     

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