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Every Bath & Body Works PUMPKIN Scent Ranked

Every Bath & Body Works PUMPKIN Scent Ranked

It’s time to stop and smell the pumpkins…. Pumpkin scents being back at Bath and Body Works is right up there with when Starbucks not so secretly brings PSL’s back in August. Don’t try to hang out with me the day after Labor Day. I’m […]

No Bake Pumpkin Oat Energy Bites

Roll em’, pop em’ and forget about em’! Don’t forget about these though, because they are seriously a must have when on the go this fall! They are the perfect mini bites of pumpkin indulgence you can feel good about—the best part is, this recipe […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Avocado Mousse

If I didn’t tell you, wouldn’t even know there was avocado OR pumpkin in this recipe.

At a restaurant in Seattle this past fall, I had my first taste of chocolate avocado mousse. I did the whole “i’m just going to have a bit” thing (because the salad I had their was amazing, and I was truly satisfied by this point) , and then found myself unable to put my spoon down! Wow! I had seen recipes for it before, but was never too interested, until it hit me: “why not add pumpkin too?!” No surprise, that this is a questionsI often ask myself…….

Pumpkin Avocado Mousse topped with Pumpkin Fig Granola 
Pumpkin Avocado Mousse topped with Pumpkin Fig Granola 


Months later, with a little more time on my hands, and the lingering memory of how good it was, and excitement of how cool it could be with pumpkin got me going in the kitchen. With the help of my trusty Vitamix, all I really did was blend, and snap! You can top it with whatever your want, I find Purely Elizabeth’s pumpkin fig granola, the perfect topper to almost everything, so that’s where I started. I’m already excited for the next time I make this, so I can get pumpkin wild and maybe put it on top of pumpkin pie, or cheesecake….100% serious! Oh and, I gave my mom a taste after I got the question “is this edible?” and “more pumpkin, Maggie”. But when I asked her what she tasted–she couldn’t figure out that avocado was in it! This is a fun game I would definitely play with people when you make it for them 🙂 


  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 5 soft, pitted dates
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie extract (optional, don’t worry about it if you don’t have it on hand)


  1. Add all of the ingredients into a blender or Vitamix. Blend on high until smooth consistency begins to form. 
  2. Top with your favorite pumpkin add ons! Recommended by me are: Purely Elizabeth pumpkin fig granola, Justin’s white chocolate peanut butter cups, berries, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pizzelles 



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Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of pumpkin spice peanut butter. Correction, I’m a big of peanut butter in general! When I don’t have peanut butter with something for breakfast, I feel like my whole day is out of whack. Any one else?! I […]

New Year in New York Update!

New Year in New York Update!

  It’s been a while since I sat down to write and reflect on the happenings of my life, but today felt like just the right time to do so. I came back to the city after a long hiatus at home in Chicago for […]

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Review



#1 JIF Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice Peanut Butter

This was my first love of last pumpkin season. The whipped texture is really like no other! So smooth, creamy and melts perfectly into the nooks and crannies of a toasted pumpkin spice english muffin. Either I eat way too much peanut butter or way too much pumpkin, either way I can’t stop eating this and I won’t! It’s fluffy, cloud-like texture is what sets it apart from the others, and the reason why it takes the top spot for taste. If you haven’t yet tried it, I don’t know what you are waiting for!  

#2 Wild Friends Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

Wild Friends sure knows how to make a wild pumpkin spice peanut butter! They really got the color and flavor of this peanut butter to scream pumpkin spice! It’s pretty orange-y, which I love! I could taste the different notes of pumpkin spice in it and it lends itself perfectly to be eaten right from the jar from the spoon.I think the vanilla that they add amplifies the pumpkin spice taste in a way that sets it apart from the others. As a new comer to the season, Wild Friends Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter is definitely worth searching TJMAXX, HomeGoods or Marshalls for!

#3 Peanut Butter & Co Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

I am lucky enough to be living in NYC, where the Peanut Butter & Co store is! Getting my hands was only a subway ride away (almost the easiest pumpkin product I have tracked down!) This pumpkin spice variety has the thickest texture out of the 3 of them. You can see and taste the hints of nutmeg, allspice and ginger in it. I would say that mix gives in more of a “fall spice” flavor, and less of a distinct pumpkin spice taste. 



#1 Peanut Butter & Co Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

The rankings have been reversed! Peanut Butter & Co’s Pumpkin Spice has the lowest amount of sugar and highest amount of protein per serving. It ties Wild Friends in the calorie category, both coming in at 180 per Tbsp. (Let’s be honest, I’m eating more than 1 serving at a time!) It also gets nutritional credit for having a short ingredient list, made up of highly recognizable spices you would have in your cabinet.

#2 Wild Friends Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

The texture of this peanut butter would definitely fall into the natural peanut butter category. You can see the oil separation. I put it in the fridge and it became very think and cohesive….so it’s definitely better left out just like the label says! This one is made from peanut oil vs. the palm oil used in Peanut Butter and Co’s and evaporate cane sugar vs. dried can syrup.  It has one more gram of sugar per serving than Peanut Butter & Co’s.

#3 JIF Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice Peanut Butter

The awesomeness of this peanut butter’s whipped texture comes at a price…. Hydrogenated vegetables oils. You see, in order to achieve the whipped texture, these types of oils must be added to the peanut butter. The upside of whipped-ness is that it is lower in calories and sugar than the other two peanut butters, but not as natural in terms of ingredients. It is also highest in sodium out of the 3 but lowest in fat. 

I’m in pumpkin peanut butter heaven with these 3 different nut butters, and hope to start using them in different ways and in different recipes! If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear! 


The Sarcastic Nutritionist and Once Upon a Pumpkin Review Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

The Sarcastic Nutritionist and Once Upon a Pumpkin Review Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

Spiked Pumpkin Chai Cocktail Pumpkin girl here, back for week two of the great pumpkin collab-o with The Sarcastic Nutritionist! This week we set our sights on Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor—I got my pumpkin juices flowing to marry this flavor with another to find […]

Pumpkin & The Big Apple

You can’t compare apples and oranges, but can you compare apples and pumpkins? The big apple, and the pumpkin girl, that is. What I’m really trying to say is, if you would have told me a year ago that I would be working in New […]