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What do you think of when you hear the word HUMMUS?! Do you think of a traditional, simple, tahini spiced dip? Do you think of the creamy swirl of a tasty store-bought brand that gets swiftly disturbed by a chip or carrot? For me, I automatically think of the word VERSATILITY.

My heart was slightly broken (dramatic?) when I found out I had to avoid garlic. I battled my stomach and my body with food intolerances for years until I finally found out that garlic was the big culprit. And orange, but that’s much easier to live without. However, I am always challenged, as I will always say, to make a better version of anything I can order out, or buy at a store. Hummus? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Fall seems like the perfect season to experiment with so many different flavors. Apple, pumpkin, maple… you know. And, being that hummus is always savory, I decided to put my sweet spin on it. This is where my Sweet Pumpkin Hummus originated from. My favorite part? It still goes well with everything! Crackers, chips, carrots, cucumbers, and my favorite – chicken or pork! YUP! Enjoy!

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Sweet Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (more to taste)
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp s tahini
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In the large Magic Bullet cup*, combine all ingredients until smooth. If you feel you want the hummus thinner and creamier, add a tbsp of water at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Scoop into bowl to serve, add a bit of avocado oil and extra cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

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*Sometimes I split the ingredients in two batches if it does not all fit in the Magic Bullet cup. It has differed for me.

 

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Fall. It rolls around as soon as September 1st hits. Everything starts to revolve around all the fall indulgences: pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider donuts and fall activities. In an attempt to always challenge myself to create a healthier versions of the things I love, I went with apple cider donuts. They are always the perfect warm, sweet treat after a chilly day of apple picking. The crunch of the cinnamon sugar on top tops them off like icing on a cake. You won’t even miss store bought or farm fresh donuts with this recipe. They are good cold, even better warm, and unreal dipped in coconut sugar. Let them sit a day or two, and just like how your Nonna talks about her Italian pasta, it’s always better when the flavors blend. I also recommend eating these drizzled in peanut butter, because WHY NOT?! Or dipped in a warm almond milk latte. The possibilities are endless, right?!

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Apple Cider Donuts with Coconut Sugar

Ingredients – Muffins

  • 1 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp Apple Spice Blend (Primal Palate)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp apple cider (if not seasonal in your area, nut milk works fine but won’t lend the same strong apple cider flavor)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled

Ingredients – Coconut Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • Spray coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray donut pan thoroughly.
  2. Remove eggs from refrigerator. Melt coconut oil and set aside.
  3. In the Magic Bullet, blend oats until fine flour consistency is reached. This will make 1 1/2 cup oat flour.
  4. In large bowl, whisk oat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder and Apple Spice Blend. Add in apple cider, eggs and applesauce until well mixed. Add in coconut oil until well mixed.
  5. Add the batter to the greased donut pan.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Lightly spray each donut with coconut oil. Dip into shallow bowl of coconut sugar and let sit to cool.

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Notes

* If you do not have the Apple Spice Blend from Primal Palate, you can mix together 1/4 tbsp of each: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.

  • It is important to let the eggs reach room temperature so the entire mixture is the same temperature and bakes evenly.

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