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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

I’m posting this a couple of days early in case some of you still have pumpkin seeds you need to use up. We have a lot of pumpkin seeds from carving 5 pumpkins and this is a recipe we like to make once we’ve scooped out all the guts and washed off all the slimy stuff.

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I’ve heard that for more even baking, it’s good to boil the seeds first for 10 minutes, then dry and then bake, so that’s what I do and it’s worked well. I mix up the seeds with the oil and the spices right on the sheet pan (with a silicone liner) and then spread them out and bake.

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THE RECIPE:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

2-2 1/2 c raw whole pumpkin seeds (washed and dried)
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Dump washed and dried seeds on a jelly roll/sheet pan lined with silicone or parchment. Drizzle with coconut oil and sprinkle with spices. Stir together and spread out over pan. Bake 1 hour.

*for more even baking, I’ve found it helpful to boil the seeds in salty water for 10 minutes, drying them and then roasting them in the oven.

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Honey Pumpkin Bread

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This is a recipe I came up with using my honey banana bread recipe as a guide. This recipe makes two, 8×4 inch loaves, though most of the time, I double this recipe and make 3, 8×4  loaves(or lots of mini loaves) and 24 muffins… we’ll usually give a loaf away, freeze the muffins so the family can later have a grab-and-go snack, and we’ll eat the other two loaves within a couple of days. We LOVE this bread, it’s moist and wonderful and it’s gone super fast.

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In a large mixing bowl you’ll combine all your wet ingredients, whisk together, add your dry ingredients, mix until combined and then dump in your chocolate chips and stir to combine. Pour this batter into your loaf pan (or muffin tin) and bake in a 325 degree preheated oven for about an hour for the large loaf pan, and half that for muffins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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THE RECIPE:

Honey Pumpkin Bread
*makes 2, 8×4 inch bread loaves

3/4 c coconut oil, melted (or butter)
1 c honey
4 eggs
2 c pumpkin puree
4 1/2 c whole white wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin spice (translates to: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp all spice, 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
Optional: 1 c carob chips or dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix oil, honey, eggs, and pumpkin puree together with whisk in a large mixing bowl. Add flour, soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Mix together until combined. Pour into two greased 8×4 inch loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes (or you can make some muffins and some smaller loaves. Just change baking time. Muffins cook about 20 minutes and mini loafs about 30 minutes) or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for five minutes before taking it out of pan and allowing it cool on a rack.

*I like to double this recipe and make 24 muffins and 3 loaves.

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Healthy Halloween Ideas

Halloween, Sugar and Candy seem to be synonymous terms, and since we’ll have Halloween activities and treats given to us during the entire month of October, which could last through November (but they don’t at our house because after Halloween night, where they get to eat their favorites, we buy them from the children or take them to a dentist who buys them),  I try and provide some fun, festive, but healthier options to somewhat counter balance the massive amounts of sugar that are consumed.

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Last year our church had a Halloween party where we did a ‘trunk or treat’ at the end. I gave out light stick bracelets and the kids loved them! I think it’s just fun to have something that glows in the dark when you’re out late at night. We’re going to hand them out again this year and I found some at a local grocery store for pretty cheap. I know Michael Arts and Craft, usually has a box of 20 or so in their dollar bins.

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Here are a couple fast and easy festive Halloween snacks that you could send with your kiddos to school, or have out on the table for an after-school snack. We love cuties and all you need to make these festive is a sharpie.

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Same idea with the string cheese ghosts. I normally don’t buy string cheese because it’s cheaper to give them a few slices from a block, so these string cheese ghosts are a special favorite.

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Most days we have granola, toast or green smoothie for breakfast, but on Sunday and holidays we’ll do something a little more. We tend to make these pumpkin pancakes all month long in October and November and they’d be a great Halloween breakfast.

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This jack-o-lantern whole grain pizza is a family favorite…we actually make this pizza dough recipe every week of the year but on Halloween we shape the pepperoni to look like the face of a jack-o-lantern which makes it a little more fun and festive.

I cook these on a pizza stone and then slide them onto these large cookie sheets once they’re all done cooking and slice them up there.

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I also think it’s nice to have a warm soup just before going out into the cold to trick-or-treat with the kiddos, and this tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches is so yummy and is festive and color, and if you have a large pumpkin cookie cutter, you could cut pumpkin shapes into your sandwiches which would be super cute.

If you’re going to a party or having a spooky movie night, this honey kettle corn is perfect.

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These honey caramel apples and caramel popcorn are a lot more sweet than the kettle corn, but still only sweetened with honey, no refined sugars, which I love. I like to cut these apples up into slices and share one with the family after dinner.

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These honey sweetened pumpkin cookies are amazing! We make them fairly often during the Fall months and would be perfect for a Halloween treat.

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Happy Halloween!

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