All Pumpkin everything

All Pumpkin everything

Explore the pumpkin possibilities for fall '17 with me

Pumpkin Posts

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops

Let’s make Thanksgiving pumpkin POP this year! When it comes to Turkey Day at our house, I’m in charge of one thing–the dessert! You could even say that my love for pumpkin grew out of the fact that year after year I have made a […]

FNCE Fun Recap

FNCE Fun Recap

This post is coming to you one week after the annual Food and Nutrition Expo, held in Chicago this year. I had such a fun time seeing fellow RDs, some who I hadn’t seen since my time in New York City, and tasting some cool […]

Dreamy Pumpkin Parfaits

Dreamy Pumpkin Parfaits

This post was sponsored by Wallaby, however all opinions are my own.

A taste of fall in every single bite–that’s the best way I can describe this dreamy pumpkin parfait made with Wallaby spiced pumpkin whole milk yogurt!

I’ve tried a lot of pumpkin yogurts out there, and there’s so few that can double as a healthy recipe ingredient, and delicious addition into your daily food lineup. Many are not even made with real pumpkin! The nerve! That’s why I got so excited when I spotted Wallaby’s new spice pumpkin yogurt this year at Whole Foods.

 

If you read my previous blog post on all of the pumpkin yogurts out there than you know Wallaby ranks high on my list when it comes to taste and nutrition. I especially like the full-fall content because studies show eating full-fall dairy actually helped people lose weight. Read fat does not make you fat—It keeps you full, which ultimately helps with hunger control. So when you are looking for that pumpkin yogurt to add to your daily routine, this would be the one.

For a quick breakfast or post-workout snack, I’ve been enjoying this yogurt with just a little bit of granola on top. It definitely satisfies a craving for fall flavors, and with 12 grams of protein for 170 calories, it’s a great choice to add especially to those eating occasions when protein is extra important.

This recipe for a creamy, dreamy pumpkin parfait is a fun way to use the yogurt when you want a perfectly fall dessert that is healthier than pumpkin pie. I layered a wide wine glass with this parfait, however you could also use parfait glasses, shooters, or a dish to layer the yogurt in between the pumpkin topping. I topped the parfaits with pumpkin granola, pumpkin seeds and nuts would also be a great crunch on top!

So whether you’re eating the yogurt in this parfait or by itself, enjoy the delicious, and real pumpkin taste of Wallaby’s new spiced pumpkin whole-milk yogurt! Grab them while you can this fall season!

Dreamy Pumpkin Parfaits
 
Ingredients
  • 2 containers of Wallaby Spiced Pumpkin Yogurt
  • 1 can Pumpkin Puree (15 oz.)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ cup of your favorite pumpkin granola
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix pumpkin, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, lemon juice and salt. Mixture will take on a slightly whipped texture. Spoon into baking dish and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Begin layering the pumpkin topping into a glass and alternate layer with spiced pumpkin yogurt. Have fun with it! The layers don't have to be perfect! Give the final layer a sprinkle of granola and enjoy!

xoxo
Pumpkin Girl
Pumpkin Turmeric Soup with Quinoa and Brown Rice

Pumpkin Turmeric Soup with Quinoa and Brown Rice

This post was sponsored by Path of Life. My go-to for healthy weeknight meals that are ready in minutes and made with real, wholesome ingredients.   Soup weather. Chicago has not had much of it yet. During September there was a stretch of a couple of […]

How To Roast Your Own Pumpkin At Home

How To Roast Your Own Pumpkin At Home

Most of us simply buy canned pumpkin and call it a day. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a pantry stocked with Libby’s pumpkin, but I got to thinking how different is it if you make it at home? Fun fact is that pumpkin […]

I Tried All The Pumpkin Yogurts I Could Find And Here’s What You Need To Know

I Tried All The Pumpkin Yogurts I Could Find And Here’s What You Need To Know

As if you didn’t already have enough choices when it comes to yogurts these days, bring on pumpkin season, and you’re head will be spinning as you go down the pumpkin rabbit hole for yogurt. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, we’ve seen all the variations, but who is pump-KING of the dairy aisle? Let’s find out!
p.s. I am working with Wallaby to bring you a dreamy pumpkin recipe, but in the meantime all opinions of it are my own.
  1. Wallaby Spiced Pumpkin Whole Milk Yogurt—A new player in the pumpkin game for 2017, this whole-milk yogurt has a perfectly pumpkin tasting creamy texture. With every bite you will FALL more and more in love with its real pumpkin flavor. It pairs perfectly with granola on top! Bonus that studies show eating full-fall dairy actually helped people lose weight. Read fat does not make you fat—It keeps you full, which ultimately helps with hunger control. Definitely a great option to add to your daily fall routine!
  2. siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice Yogurt—This Icelandic-style skyr is as thick as pumpkin pie and a great option when you’re looking to scratch that pumpkin itch on a daily basis! The tart pumpkin taste is complemented nicely by the specs of vanilla bean swirled throughout. With more protein than sugar, you can’t go wrong having one for breakfast or after a chilly autumn run. I especially like this one because it’s not overly sweet and made with real pumpkin.
  3. Pumpkin NOOSA—There’s something about seeing the pumpkin swirl when you pick up a container of pumpkin NOOSA that makes you excited for all pumpkin everything. What didn’t excite me was the nearly 30 grams of sugar there are in per container. Mind you one container is 8 oz. versus your typical 5 oz. yogurt container, but that still is way too much sugar to eat in one sitting. Also making an appearance on the ingredient list is cream cheese, which should indicate that it’s more of a dessert than a snack.
  4. Simply Balanced Pumpkin Pie—Target’s grocery brand (including Archer Farms) definitely has a thing for pumpkin, and I’m not complaining! But the next time you’re on a Target run for pumpkin yogurt, you’re better off going with the other yogurt brands that they sell over this one. To me, the flavor to be very lack luster with somewhat of a slightly artificial pumpkin taste. Target sure wins when it comes to their selection of pumpkin foods, just not this one!
  5. Oikos Pumpkin Pie—If pumpkin pie is what you crave, I say hold out for the real thing, and don’t let this yogurt fool you into thinking that it is it! I wasn’t a fan of the pumpkin flavor, and found it overly rich with a forgettable pumpkin taste. It also has a hefty helping of sugar, which makes me feel like it’s not worth it even more–A major dairy don’t!
  6. Chobani Pumpkin Spice Blended—The creamy rich texture of this 2% milk fat yogurt is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on this fall. Chobani is known for always keeping us on our toes with their flavor combinations, and they sure do pumpkin season justice with this one. While it is a tad sweet, it comes in reasonably for nutrition compared to some of the others at 12 grams of protein and sugar for 120 calories. The smooth texture is not overly rich, which pairs well with just about any topping you’d like to add, and great in recipes too!
  7. Chobani Flip Pumpkin Harvest Crisp—I’m flipping out over this one, and here’s why. Chobani has done something amazing with this yogurt, and that is combine it with all the things we’d want in our pumpkin yogurt, but wouldn’t actually put in it unless it was already there for us. Case in point pie crust pieces, glazed pumpkin seeds and pecans. (For the record, I hate pecans, but I will eat them in this case because they go together so nicely in this yogurt!) Maybe it’s the fun of pouring the toppings into the yogurt, or how they suddenly turn your yogurt into parfait that’s as crispy as the leaves on the ground. Whatever it maybe, this yogurt gets pumpkin points for being a fun treat, that can double as dessert all fall long.
  8. Dannon Light & Fit Pumpkin Pie—By now you know I’m not a fan of a fake pumpkin taste, and this pumpkin yogurt variety unfortunately left a bad one in my mouth! The artificial sweeteners really masked any sort of real pumpkin taste that there could have been. I’d much rather choose a naturally sweetened variety. When your pursuing pumpkin yogurts, skip this one.
  9.  Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Greek Yogurt – An OG pumpkin product from Trader Joe’s, and perhaps one of the very first pumpkin yogurts out there ever, TJ’s rendition of pumpkin spice Greek yogurt comes up short on taste and nutrition. In fact, the pumpkin base is made up of cane sugar and corn starch too. You know how I feel about real pumpkin being messed with, and for that Trader Joe’s version is not my favorite. But hey, if you’re already there buying one of their 150 other pumpkin products, why not pick this one up too, and share it with a friend!

 

xoxo

Pumpkin Girl

My Pumpkin Pantry

My Pumpkin Pantry

The pumpkin fridge, was one thing, but I think I just took things up a notch with this pantry makeover I’m dying to share with you! I’ll be honest, this is NOT what my pantry looks like everyday, but this is all stuff I owe […]

The Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Products I’m Loving Right Now

The Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Products I’m Loving Right Now

Your best bet on where to find me these days is Trader Joe’s. You too? With pumpkin season in full swing, I have to hand it to them for outdoing it on the pumpkin again this year. You know how much I live for it […]

The Pumpkin Beer Your Fall Is Not Complete Without

The Pumpkin Beer Your Fall Is Not Complete Without

The post was sponsored by Traveler Beer, Co., however all opinions are my own.

Catch me in any other time of year, at any get together with friends, family or on a rooftop and I’ll probably have a glass of sav blanc in my hand. Come pumpkin season when the leaves change, so do my beverage taste buds, and I begin to reach for a refreshing beverage that embodies the flavors of the season. Enter pumpkin beer!

The crisp and refreshing taste of Traveler Beer Co’s Jack-O Traveler Pumpkin Shandy tastes exactly like what autumn means to me. It’s a wheat ale with hints of seasonal spice that reminds me of all the reasons I love fall.  Whether you’re bringing drinks for the tailgate, or just enjoying a cool fall afternoon, you’re not going to want to miss out on the perfect pumpkin taste of this beer! Which comes across so nicely because it is made with real pumpkin. Extra pumpkin points for that!

And while I’m no beer connoisseur, I do know a thing or two about pumpkin flavor and when I say this shandy of theirs might just be the pump-KING of all pumpkin beers, you know I ain’t playin’ 🙂  You can also take it from my Polish beer drinking father, who tasted one and immediately wanted to know if I had more.

Traveler Beer Co. was nice enough to send me a couple of samples, and I sipped my beer with my thoughts preoccupied on the perfect spiced pumpkin flavor, I couldn’t help but think it would be great in a pumpkin beer bread recipe too. Now that would have been my kind of tailgate snack back in the day! I also had so much fun making a mini cooler out of a pumpkin to rest them in. It’s such an easy way to add that little extra festive touch! Just carve out the pumpkin as you normally would, fill with ice and chill your pumpkin shandy’s in style!

So as we enter into the first day of October on Sunday (I can’t believe it, so happy!)  I hope everyone has an enjoying weekend, filled with pumpkin patches, apple picking, football watching and Jack-O Pumpkin Shandy drinking!

To learn more about Jack-O Traveler Pumpkin Shandy which is available from August to October, and the other beer selection they sell year-round visit their website.

Cheers to the weekend pumpkin people, and be sure to drink responsibly!

 

xoxo,

Pumpkin Girl

Celebrating National Coffee Day Pumpkin Style!

Celebrating National Coffee Day Pumpkin Style!

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.  There’s nothing quite like the crisp taste of pumpkin coffee on a chilly fall morning. I look forward to these mornings all year long, and when they are finally upon us is when I […]


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Butternut Squash Brunch For Mom

Butternut Squash Brunch For Mom

If someone counted all the PB&J’s she’s made me over the years, I’m sure the number would be shocking….. My mom, who truly despises peanut butter (while I seriously don’t think I could live happily without it) would pack me sandwiches (no jelly!) for the […]

When Places Do Pumpkin: 2017, Part I: Pret A Manger

Missed my train, took a lap around the train station and what do I see? Pret A Manger is serving up a new toasted tortilla with butternut squash! A butternut squash ricotta toasted tortilla, that caught my eye because aside from Panera in the fall, […]