pumpkin french toast

I cannot get over the fact that it is November already!  And I know November is going to go just as fast, if not faster than the previous few months because I have a vacation to look forward to!  I officially have only 13 total days of work this month and am not so sure how that’s going to go – might have some late nights in the office when I return, but only time will tell!  Anyways, back to breakfast.

Obviously, pumpkin is a very popular item in this house and I only have a handful of recipes so far on the blog.  That needed to change.  And this may be the best pumpkin recipe to date.  Although I think I say that every time a new pumpkin recipe is made… but when French Toast and pumpkin are combined?  It’s a very, very good day.

Pumpkin French Toast

1. Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat and spread with butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Whisk together the egg, almond milk, pumpkin and spice in a rimmed plate/bowl.
3. Dip each piece of bread on both sides in the egg/milk/pumpkin mixture and place on the skillet.
4. Shake extra cinnamon on the first side up and flip once golden brown.
5. Top with powdered sugar, pumpkin butter, syrup, etc.

Other pumpkin recipes:

pumpkin pie steamer

I’ve been wanting a pumpkin spice latte a lot lately.  However I just cannot bring myself to get one from Starbucks, not even wanting to think about what ingredients they put in that flavored syrup to make it such a bright and colorful shade of orange.  I thought that Sunday afternoon would be the perfect chance to try my own pumpkin spice creation, albeit without the caffeine.  I feel like I could benefit from some additional caffeine today because of a crazy intense power yoga session this morning plus a 5ish mile walk around town in the gorgeous weather, but I know I don’t really need it and this more than satisfies the pumpkin craving.  Plus the frothed milk craving ;).

The original thinking of this recipe was to make it a pumpkin chai latte.  The picture is actually of a pumpkin chai latte.  I am currently drinking a pumpkin chai latte.  However, because of my sister’s not-so-happy-with-tea tummy, I made her this concoction instead and it totally beats the flavor of the one with the chai.  So, I offer to you the better of the two recipes, and the one we will be making many more times in the future.

Pumpkin Pie Steamer
  • 1 1/2 c unsweeteened vanilla almond milk
  • 1T pumpkin
  • 1t honey
  • .5t pumpkin pie spice
1.  In a small saucepan, bring the almond milk, pumpkin, honey and pumpkin pie spice (Trader Joe’s has it now!!) to a simmer, whisking often.
2.  You could just stop once it’s warm and drink as-is.  However, if you would like to froth the beverage, you can do the following.  Pour almond milk mixture into a magic bullet or blender, and blend away until nice and frothy.  I actually turned our magic bullet on its side to incorporate more air into the mixture and it was perfect.
3. Pour into a mug and sprinkle with a little more pumpkin pie spice.

Perfect pumpkin perfection.

apple cider donuts

Two weeks ago we made our first venture to the apple orchard.  Kinley, Ashley and I drove to a local orchard the first week it was open to get the just-ready apples.  Gingergolds and Paula Reds were ready to be picked and we ended up with an entire bag filled to the top with red and gold apples.  I definitely seem to up my apple intake when there are fresh apples around – there is nothing quite like the taste of an apple in the fall, especially when you know they’re local, organic, and fresh off the tree.  Writing this post makes me want to go and get more even though we still have a bunch left in the fridge!  I know there are more varieties now just waiting for us to go pick some more.  I better get eating :).  And you’ve got to make sure to pick up some apple cider on your next trip to the orchard so you can try out these donuts!
Apple Cider Donuts
  • 3/4c oat flour [ground from rolled oats/steel cut/oat groats]
  • 3/4c sweet rice flour
  • 1/4c coconut flour
  • 1T organic sugar
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1 1/2t baking powder
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/8 t allspice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c applesauce
  • 1 c apple cider
  • ~1/4 c unsweetened almond milk

1. Preheat oven to 375′.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oat flour, sweet rice flour, coconut flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice (you could use apple pie spice instead of the different spices if you have it on hand).

3. In a larger bowl, mix together the egg, applesauce and apple cider.

4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until combined.  If the batter is too thick, add ~1/4c unsweetened almond milk to thin it out.

5. Spray a donut pan (or muffin tin) with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with additional sugar to coat.

6. Spoon the batter into the donut pan (or fill a plastic bag with the batter, cut off the corner and pipe in).

7. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

We didn’t add any additional sugar to the top – just what was in the pan, but you can definitely melt some butter and top with additional cinnamon + sugar, or make a glaze with powdered sugar + apple cider.  Whatever way you choose, you will enjoy these and be baking them up all Autumn long :).

meatless monday: chickpea cider stew

I have said it before, but I will say it again, Fall is my favorite season.  The weather is perfect and the flavors are the best.  Apples and pumpkin are definitely high on my list of favorite flavors and they both make an appearance throughout my eats the entire year.  You know what they say, “An apple a day…”.  One thing that I don’t quite have the appetite for in summer is thick soups and stews.  It’s just not the same eating it in the air conditioning than it is when you’re eating it to help stay warm ;).

Well, today is an air-conditioning type day, but last week fall was upon us and my craving for all things apple came on full force!  Luckily we made a trip to a local apple orchard this weekend to stock up and we have our first bushel of apples in the kitchen.  Since it’s Meatless Monday, I thought (well, this was actually Kinley’s idea but I made it haha) that having apples as the center of a meal would be delicious.  In the past, we’ve made a crockpot stew featuring meat, but chickpeas became the star of the show tonight and they were incredible.

Chickpea Cider Stew

  • 1 1/2 c dry chickpeas, rinsed and picked through in case of small stones
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped
  • 6-8 yukon gold potatoes, chunked into large pieces
  • 5-6 whole carrots, sliced
  • 2t salt
  • 3 c apple cider
  • 2 c vegetable broth
1. In a large crockpot, layer all ingredients from top-down.  I left the peels on everything and you would never notice.
2. Place crockpot on low for 8-10 hours, or until chickpeas are tender.

The chickpeas cook in the cider and soak up the delicious, sweet flavor.  The apples completely cook down so just their flavor is left and the potatoes and carrots are perfectly tender.  It was nice to start off with dry chickpeas (read: no prep) and end up with a deliciously cooked and flavored meal!  I was worried before I left that it was going to end up boiling over since it was so full – I even drove home at lunchtime to take a peek!  Luckily, it was for nothing (well, I got to see Croz for a couple minutes 😉 ).  The stew didn’t cook over, the chickpeas just displaced some of the liquid.  It was a perfect weeknight meal!  Extremely easy prep in the morning as well – you can even have everything chopped up and ready to throw together in the morning!   (Just be sure to NOT soak the beans in anything overnight – the cooking process is enough to rehydrate the dry beans).

hello, fall

Look different?  Seasons are changing and summer is nearing it’s official end (well, there’s still a few more weeks left 😉 ).  Schools are back in session, leaves are beginning to change, and the weather will continue to become cooler.  Hence, My Search of Summer is over.  Well, more like my search is changing.  Welcome to Living the Gluten Free Life!

Ever since I started My Search of Summer, I always had it in the back of my mind that one goal I had would be to self-host my blog to have more customization involved, as well as Google Analytics!  Little did I know when I started My Search of Summer that I would find out that I was allergic to gluten.  It was a tough transition but I am now at the place where I have accepted this is my life from here on out if I want to feel normal.  I may not be able to eat ‘normally’ (whatever that is anymore), but I will have the ability to feel healthy.

Living the Gluten Free Life is my life.  Recipes, travel, running, as well as anything else I end up doing.  My recipes?  All will be gluten free, but whether or not you are gluten free they will be able to be enjoyed by all.  Nothing gritty or grainy in this house!  My travel?  It has become increasingly difficult to eat out both locally and when going away, especially, but there are so many good gluten free restaurants out there that I need to try!  My running speed has increased significantly since not being weighed down by gluten and is something I continue to enjoy doing immensely – can’t wait for my upcoming races!  Even though I am not meatless anymore, I will continue to do Meatless Monday meals as it is now a routine in this household :).  Look back later tonight to see a delicious meatless stew!  It smells so good in here haha.

It’s hard to believe that since mid-May, I have posted 100 times.  In fact, it worked out perfectly that my first post on the new blog is post number 100!  That’s quite a few recipes and random ramblings :).  There are still a handful of changes to make to Living the Gluten Free Life, but I was too excited to show everyone and continue blogging to hold off making the switch!  I have technically owned this domain for a few weeks but kept second guessing my ability to get everything up and working.  So happy I prevailed and can see the finish line!

Things I am still working on?

  1. Logo – I apologize for the lack of name at the top!  I am meeting with my friend Emilee to talk possibilities tomorrow.
  2. Pages – re-formatting, editing, adding, etc.
  3. Side panel – working on getting some advertising up to connect more with the food community!
  4. Recipes, eating, running, writing…
  5. And much, much more I am sure!
Hope you all like the site and I would love any suggestions you may have!  Now off to write up tonight’s recipe :).