Recipe guide: Pumpkin spice and everything nice

Grab your canned pumpkin and cinnamon because pumpkin spice recipes are in full swing now that autumn has finally arrived in Charleston. From the crisp chill in the air to the emergence of holiday decorations on King Street, the fall spirit has escalated in the past few weeks. These treats will get you your pumpkin spice fix for the season and will leave your kitchen whirling with the aroma of autumn.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

There is nothing better than baked goods during the fall, these pumpkin spice muffins are no exception. They are delicious and contain natural ingredients, making them healthy and guilt free!

What you will need:

-1 ½ cups of flour

– ½ tsp. of baking powder

– ¼ tsp. of baking soda

-1 tsp. of cinnamon

– ½ tsp. of nutmeg

– ½ tsp. of ground ginger

– Pinch of salt

– 2 eggs or chia seed egg*

– 1 cup of pumpkin puree

– 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce

– ½ cup of maple syrup or honey

– 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

– Optional: Handful of chopped walnuts or dark chocolate chips

**If you are vegan or do not want to bake with eggs, combine a tablespoon of chia seeds and add three tablespoons of water and mix. The chia seeds will absorb the water after a few minutes and create an egg-like consistency.

To begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Add a pinch of salt and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup or honey and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and thoroughly combine. Optional: fold in chocolate chips or chopped nuts for added texture.Spray your muffin tin with a non-stick spray and fill the cups ¾ of the way up with the batter. Bake for 10-15 minutes, stick a toothpick in the muffin and if it comes out clean they are finished!

Have these pumpkin-spiced muffins for breakfast or a sweet snack throughout the day.


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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes:

Start your mornings off right with these festive fall pancakes. All you need are some basic ingredients and with just a few flips you will be left with a dreamy breakfast.

What you will need:

-¾ cup of flour

– ¼ tsp. of baking powder

– ¼ tsp. of cinnamon

– ⅛ tsp. of nutmeg

– ⅛ tsp. of ground ginger

– ⅛ tsp. of all-spice

– Pinch of salt

– ¼ cup of pumpkin puree

– 1 tbsp. of maple syrup

– 1 cup of milk

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, all-spice and salt. In a separate bowl combine the pumpkin puree with the maple syrup along with your milk of choice. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Spray your frying pan with some non-stick spray and place it on the stove. Add roughly one-fourth cup of batter into the pan and keep an eye on it until it begins to bubble. Use your spatula to gently lift up the edges to peek at the bottom of your cake – it should be golden brown! Flip it over until it is thoroughly cooked and serve with some maple syrup for a decadent breakfast!



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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Paying five dollars for a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks can get pretty expensive and adds up fast. Try this homemade version that tastes just as delicious and will get you in the cozy, fall spirit.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of milk (recommended: unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • ½ cup of coffee
  • 2 tbsp. of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. of cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp. of nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. of ground ginger

In a saucepan on the stovetop add in the milk, pumpkin puree and maple syrup stirring with a whisk until it is well combined (the pumpkin should be completely dissolved). Take the pan off of the heat and continue to stir while adding in the vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Pour in some freshly brewed coffee and enjoy a delicious drink that will warm and wake you up!



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Test out these quick and simple treats that are sure to amplify your autumn!

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