It’s time for fall treats! The local cafés and grocers are bringing out their fall faves. But let’s be careful about which pumpkin treats we put our hands on. The Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks has 380 calories, 14g of fat and a whopping 50g of sugar. That’s more than a can of Coke! The Iced Pumpkin Macchiato at Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t any better, at 63g of sugar—that’s equivalent to 4 Boston Kreme donuts! What’s surprising it that in both of these dessert beverages and most pumpkin-flavored treats, there’s a secret—it doesn’t contain any pumpkin! Instead, various spices are mixed together to create a pumpkin-esque flavor.
With that said, I’m starting this fall off with a real taste of pumpkin! Try this 2-step seasonal dip with freshly sliced apples.
Serving Size: 30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1 (15 oz) can organic pumpkin purée (Be sure to check the ingredients list for only pumpkin, no extra junk!)
- 1 (16 oz) container of Medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice
- Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until the contents turn into a mushy paste. (It’s OK to have some tiny almonds bits)
- Transfer the paste into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Then, serve with sliced apples.
What’s next on your fall faves? Try this Autumn Bread!