Easy-Peasy Pumpkin Recipes

All my fellow Canadian student’s know that Thanksgiving is upon us because, although we are full of love and gratefulness toward our beautiful families and delicious food, we are also full of stress and anxiety as we cram for midterms.

It’s the holidays, though, and that means that there is no shortage of food available to stress eat! It also means, though, that the food actually needs to be made to stress eat.

Before you start to freak out, here are two very simple, but very satisfying desserts that are certain to be a hit with your family around the dessert table and friends around the library desk.

 

  1. Pumpkin Energy Bites:

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You guys know how much I love my energy bites (check out my previous post ). They take no time to make and, while they can certainly be eaten after dinner, can pass as breakfast or a snack anytime throughout the day. Also, it is almost impossible to mess these guys up.

Together, my mom and I threw everything in the kitchen that screamed fall into our bowl of peanut butter, honey, and oats. Then, we mixed it all together, formed the balls, and [not so] patiently waited for them to set in the fridge.

The best part about energy bites is that, as long as you use oats and some type of “glue”, the measurements of all other ingredients can be based entirely on preference. If it were up to my dad, there would be coconut flakes in it. If it were up to my best friend, there would be white chocolate chips. I think my next batch will include pumpkin seeds for added nutrition.

Packed with nutrition and the ease at which they can be made, these are perfect for us studious bunch. Next time you need a ten minute study break, mix the ingredients! When they’re setting in the fridge, get back to the books! When you feel like your brain is about to explode, INDULGE!

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup PB
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

 

2. Mini Pumpkin Pies

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You know those minute long recipe videos that you ALWAYS end up spending at least 35 minutes watching on Facebook? The ones that you save, telling yourself you will make it one day and then completely forget about? Yeah, this was one of those.

Watching the video I thought it was too good to be true. There is no way it can be as easy as it looks. Rest assured, these guys take 5 minutes to prepare, and 40 minutes to cook. Study break, anyone?

Pumpkin pie is a fall time staple, so you can never go wrong with this dessert! Even people who don’t like pumpkin pie will be inclined to try it out because, let’s face it, it’s adorable!

Here is the link to the recipe: http://tiphero.com/mini-pumpkin-pies/

 

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