Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Treats

My three favorite pumpkin treats this month are:

1. Pumpkin Pie Mini Blizzards from Dairy Queen. I just discovered that they have 370 calories in them but 14 grams of fat. I guess that’s not bad for a weekly treat. They are sweet, spicy, and creamy and have little bits of cookies. MMMMMM!!! The best!

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte. You can find those at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and some gas stations. Hot, creamy, and spicy. A grande at Starbucks has 380 calories and 13 grams of fat.

3. Edy’s Slow Churned Pumpkin Ice Cream. I found this at the grocery store and I just love it. It is a smooth creamy ice cream flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. A half cup has only 100 calories and 3 grams of fat. Awesome!

These treats are seasonal and won’t be available for long so enjoy them now. I found a few more homemade treats but I don’t know if they are as good as the first three.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
Combine 2 cups powdered coffee creamer, 1 cup sugar and 2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl and whisk together until well blended. Pour into an airtight container (it is ok to reuse the original creamer container), tapping on the counter to pack it down. (Examiner.com)

Pumpkin Facial
Blend 4 tsp. canned pumpkin, 1 tsp. milk, 1 tsp. honey, and 1 tsp. brown sugar. Apply to damp skin and relax for 5-10 minutes. Wash off with cool water and pat dry. (Woman’s World Magazine)

Pumpkin Ice Cream
2 quarts softened vanilla ice cream
1 can Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix
Combine ice cream and pie mix in a large bowl and stir until blended. Freeze in an ice cream maker or put in the freezer for 2 hours, beat for 30 seconds with a mixer and refreeze for 2 hours. (Verybestbaking.com)

Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins
Mix 1 box devil’s food cake mix with 1 can pumpkin (not pie mix). Scoop into greased muffin pans and bake for approximately 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Very moist and chocolately and low in calories. (Bakespace.com)

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