Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce

In grade school I had a serious coffee addiction.  I’d stop at Starbucks or the Coffee Beanery after school or on the weekends.  I’d indulge in one of my favorite drinks whether morning, afternoon, or evening.  I’d drink it while shopping or just grab one for the road.

None of the drinks I ordered really tasted much like coffee.  White chocolate mocha.  Peppermint mocha.  Frappuccinos.  It was dessert … or more realistically sometimes a meal … all in a cup.  And I loved it.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce

And then like most phases it passed.  I’d have a coffee occasionally.  Or I’d order it at a restaurant when the smell of it was too intoxicating to pass up and surpassed the taste by a mile.

Recently I got hooked on the ice coffee beverages in the grocery store.  I picked one up for a job and kind of fell in love with it.  They are definitely less caloric than their coffee store counterparts and are just right for a treat every now and then.

My latest purchase was the Pumpkin Spice Latte iced coffee by Starbucks.  I’ve never had an actual pumpkin spice latte so I was super curious to check it out.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce

There’s not much pumpkin-y or spicy about the beverage, but I still love it and all its coffee glory.

You know what’s better than the latte by itself?  Making caramel sauce with it.  Enter Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce.

It’s ooey, gooey, perfect on ice cream or baked into a recipe (coming soon), easy to make, gluten free, and pretty much irresistible.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Spice Latte Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar

½ cup water

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces

½ cup Pumpkin Spice Latte Iced Coffee

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently until the sugar melts. Once the sugar is melted, stop stirring and cook until the mixture is a golden amber color. Keep an eye on it because it can go from clear to burnt in no time. This process may take around 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add the butter. Place back over the heat and stir until the butter is melted. Remove from the heat again and add the coffee, cinnamon, and salt. Place back over the heat and stir until the caramel is thick and glossy without any clumps.

Pour into a bowl. Serve immediately over ice cream or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second increments as necessary.

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola - Perfect for fall! #glutenfree #healthy

So I’ve been on OkCupid for a little over a month. It’s been an interesting experience to say the least.

In some ways it’s much more like I thought online dating would be. Within minutes of signing up, profile views, likes, and emails began rolling in and haven’t stopped coming in relatively overwhelming amounts. It sometimes feels like a full time job to keep up with the plethora of attention coming my way.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Unfortunately, most of that attention is from some of the worst looking, creepiest men on the face of the planet. Many are about twice my age, have children from previous relationships, and have more tattoos than … I don’t know … someone with a lot of tattoos.

I’m sure there are plenty of good guys on here. Right? I mean there have to be some. I’ve met one who was nice, but we didn’t really click. I’ve talked to many others. Some stop writing me back after awhile, some remove their profiles while we’re emailing. I’m not that scary, am I?

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Really, I’m trying to take it all in stride and take it for what it is: a fun and interesting social experience that may or may not lead to something. Whatever happens is okay. I’m just trying to keep an open mind and allow the universe to direct me in whichever direction I’m supposed to go.

Right now that direction is toward more of this Pumpkin Spice Granola. Like everyone else, I am firmly on the pumpkin spice EVERYTHING train. But this granola may be my favorite. It’s healthy – packed with plant protein, spices, and good for you fats. But it tastes like such an indulgence.

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Whether you add this gluten free granola to a smoothie, milk, or just eat it as is, you’ll love it too. Plus, feel free to mix it up by adding whatever nuts and dried fruit you have on hand and love. It’ll turn out a lot better than online dating 🙂

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free, if necessary)

1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut

¾ cup uncooked quinoa

¾ cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds

1 cup raw unsalted walnuts

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

1/3 cup olive oil

¾ cup almond butter

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

2/3 cup honey

1 cup dried fruit (I used sweet cherries and jumbo raisins

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, coconut, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Add oil, almond butter, vanilla bean paste, and honey and stir to combine.

Spread into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and fragrant. Sprinkle with dried fruit. Allow to cool completely on the pan.

Break into pieces and store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

I could get used to Octobers like this. In fact, I can’t remember a September and October as beautiful as this year. The sun is shining, the temperatures are in the 70s, the flowers still look really good.

Some of the trees are starting to change into the stunning reds and oranges we all look forward to seeing. The vibrant colors seem to only greet us for a few days, but they are so worth it.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

I’ve got a mix of peaches and apples in my fruit bowls. The peaches are shockingly good still. I can’t eat enough of them. The Honeycrisps are juicy and crisp too. I’m afraid fruit is making up a large portion of my diet, but I’m okay with it.

Basically I’m celebrating summall or fammer … you know a combination of summer and fall. And I really like it. It’s my favorite season actually. Too bad according to the weathermen it’s about to come to an end.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Maybe we can work some summter or wimmer – summer and winter – into our worlds. That would really be something.

Even if in my house, I’m in denial and eating tomatoes and blueberries like it’s July, I know you’re ready for pumpkin spice and lots of it. Luckily, I’m here to help.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites are sooooo easy to make. They’re no bake, pretty healthy, and gluten free. Whether you grab them on your way out the door for a quick breakfast or as a pick me up in the afternoon, you definitely need these bites in your life.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

They definitely pack the pumpkin spice punch and I found them to be rather addictive, especially when chilled. They are pretty much a healthy piece of candy. You know I’m obsessed with candy, so healthy candy is high on my priority list.

Celebrate summall and make these Bites to enjoy the season!

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 24 bites

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free oat flour

1 cup almond meal

2 tablespoons granulate sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

¼ cup chopped pecans

¼ cup pumpkin spice chips

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for 1 minute. Stir and microwave and additional 30 – 60 seconds, until fully melted.

Add oat flour, almond meal, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir to combine fully.

Add pecans and chips. Stir until distributed. Chips may melt a little – that’s okay.

Grab about golf ball sized portions of dough and roll them into balls. Place on the prepared tray. Once all the dough has been used refrigerate 30 minutes to set.

Bites may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.

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Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Pies

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Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Pies

Getting up in the morning can be a drag. Add trying to eat a satisfying, healthy breakfast and mornings seem rather impossible. Luckily, my Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Pies are here to save the morning!

When I was in school, I could not eat breakfast before I went. It took too much time, and I wasn’t hungry to sit down to a plate of bacon and eggs. As time went on, I started to eat a little something sweet, but it wasn’t very healthy.

Jazzing up the yogurt

I so wish I had this pie to eat then. I would have devoured it and not broken a sweat since these are effortless and take little time to put together with flavors that are especially appropriate as we head into fall and the holidays. They are fun, healthy, have little clean up, and perfect for kids to make themselves.

You really can’t make these ahead of time, but that’s okay because they only take a few minutes to make and will take some stress out of the morning. Plus, these effortless pies are super customizable.

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Pies

After I picked up all the supplies at Walmart, I started with Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts. They are a great thing to have in the pantry to use for all kinds of different breakfasts, snacks, and desserts. Then I stirred some cinnamon, ginger, and chopped pecans into Dannon® Greek Yogurt Oikos® Pumpkin Pie.

Shopping at Walmart

Finally, because I love to have fun with food, I topped it with some crumbled cinnamon granola bar and healthy dose of Reddi-wip® original. I have loved Reddi-wip® original since I was a kid. I’d make a snack of it and graham crackers – kind of like this pie!

Whipped Cream Time!

Whether you use my recipe as an excuse to eat pie for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert, just be sure to try it. I know you will enjoy it.

What are you excited to make with Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust, Dannon® Greek Yogurt Oikos® Pumpkin Pie, and Reddi-wip® original? Also, be sure to check out @RealReddiWip, @Oikos, and @Dannon on Twitter.

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Pies

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Pies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 pie

Ingredients

1 Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust

1 container Dannon® Greek Yogurt Oikos® Pumpkin Pie

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

2 tablespoons chopped pecans

1 tablespoon crumbled granola bar

Reddi-wip® original

Instructions

Stir together the yogurt, cinnamon, ginger, and pecans until combined. I did it right in the container – so easy! Pour into the pie crust.

Top with crumbled granola bar and Reddi-wip®. Serve immediately.

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Pumpkin Spice Gift Box Giveaway!

Pumpkin Spice Gift Box Giveaway!

I might not be a fan of fall in terms of weather, but I love the food. I can’t get my hands on enough of those special limited edition foods that tempt me when I walk into the store and send me to more stores than I care to admit or count in search of them.

I’m super excited to tell you that for the first time ever Peanut Butter & Company has a special Pumpkin Spice peanut butter for all of us out there who are obsessed with everything pumpkin spice. I know you’re out there!

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

It has that smooth, creamy goodness that we all love about peanut butter with those warm spices that make fall tolerable. I feel like I need to hoard this though, because I don’t just want it at fall, and I know you don’t either. Dear PB&Co, please make this year round 😉

Oh, and you want to try it, right? Luckily, Peanut Butter & Company has offered to give one lucky reader a Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter aka #PSiloveyou gift pack, which includes the peanut butter, a giant coffee mug, a candle, and a recipe for a peanut butter pumpkin spice latte. You’ll never go to the coffee shop again.

In order to enter the giveaway, answer the question: What flavor of peanut butter should PB&Co make next?

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Pumpkin Spice Gift Box

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Hazelnut Chip Cookies - No one will know these soft and chewy cookies are gluten free!

2015 better watch out. I’m coming at it full force. Not wasting a single second.

I spent all of last year working on my first screenplay. I’ve probably read it twenty times. It’s been reviewed by industry pros. I’ve used their (mostly positive) feedback to revise. And revise some more. And revise some more. After that, I revised it again.

Now it’s ready. Until someone suggests more revisions, but really, it’s ready. It’s already on The Blacklist, and I’m going to start sending queries to agents and managers. Hopefully it will be on the big screen soon.

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

I’m also revising my latest novel. Soon I’ll be querying agents about it too.

All it takes is one yes and everything can change. Hoping that yes comes very, very soon.

Plus, I already have plans for my birthday. And I never make plans for my birthday. But life is too short not to celebrate, especially when it’s with my fabulous friends to see my favorite comedienne, Kathy Griffin.

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Oh, and I haven’t given up on match.com, even though I’ve had three not so good dates. You never know when love will strike.

I almost forgot. I’m making cookies too. Cookies that are gluten free, but don’t taste like it. Everyone gave rave reviews on these Hazelnut Chip Cookies when Dad took the leftovers to work.

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

They actually came about as I was trying to use up some things in my pantry. Lots of Bob’s Red Mill’s fabulous Hazelnut Meal give these cookies great soft, chewy texture and that distinctive nutty, sweet hazelnut flavor.

Then there are the pumpkin spice chips. The smell alone is intoxicating with all those warm spices. When combined with the meal, the flavor combination is out of this world.

If you don’t have hazelnut meal, feel free to use almond meal. And if you don’t have pumpkin spice chips, cinnamon chips are an awesome swap, but any kind of chip you like will work great and change the cookies up in endless ways. Tell the New Year who’s boss with these cookies!

Gluten Free Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Hazelnut Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10-12 cookies

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 ¼ cups hazelnut meal

1 cup pumpkin spice chips

Instructions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but feel free to use a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the egg and vanilla until once again light and fluffy.

Add the baking soda and hazelnut meal and stir until incorporated. Stir in the chips. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour and up to overnight.

When the dough has chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and somewhat set on top. Serve warm or cool completely on the pan. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Bakerita

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