My favorite part of carving pumpkins is roasting the delicious seeds. The whole family stands by the oven waiting for them to come out and cool so we can taste the first one. Typically I follow the same recipe every year, from Elyse over at Simply Recipes. This year I decided to mix it up a bit and try something new. My searching brought me to another favorite site, Oh She Glows, and wouldn't you know it, she linked right back to Elyse's recipe! I did a combination of the two recipes, plus added some seasonings we love. We carved four pumpkins this year so we had a LOT of seeds. I divided mine into three so we could make our different flavors. Let the fun begin!
Have you had enough pumpkin spice yet? Me neither. I think fall is my favorite season, and there's nothing better than the delicious aroma of something sweet and spicy coming from the oven. We have a banana chip muffin recipe that's a staple in our house, but once and a while I like to mix things up a bit. That's how this delicious recipe came about.
The best part about this recipe is it's unbelievably easy to substitute for allergies or dietary preferences. I'll give you a few variations, plus the details on how I made this batch dairy and gluten free.
One of my littles is a huge fan of chocolate, another loves vanilla. I'm a huge fan of the entire Enjoy Life brand because they are so allergy friendly, and we have always used their chocolate chips.
I typically buy them, along with many of my other dry packaged goods, from Vitacost because their prices are really affordable. Most importantly, they deliver in 2-3 days and delivery services are a major part of my busy life. There's always a pile of boxes at the door filled with healthy staples for our household. Vitacost also has this awesome refer a friend program, which I've shared with so many people already! Here's a link for mine. Won't you be my healthy friend? https://goo.gl/9JPbAu
Ok, back on track. One day my sweet middle child who loves when I call him Birdie said, "Mommy? When can we have vanilla chips?" I knew this would be a challenge to find something already made that's dairy free, an absolute requirement for us. I was scouring the internet for recipes on how to make my own when a friend shared a link to these by King David. One day I'll get around to trying my own healthy recipe -maybe when there's an extra hour in each day, but for now I'll stick to these tasty treasures. They're a perfect addition to this recipe.
The most important part of healthy living is surrounding you and your family with fun, friendly people who like to be healthy too. If you don't make it fun, you just won't keep up with it! We have the most amazing network of friends and family that we have such a great time sharing food, drinks, games, stories, trips to our family lake house, or even meeting at our neighborhood park and pool. Some we met through Juice Plus+ and Tower Garden events; some from school; so many are right here in our awesome neighborhood. I have said more than once, it takes a village to raise a family and I'm so proud to be a part of this village.
Back in September I was honored to be a guest speaker alongside two amazing doctors, Dr. Valerie Miles and Deb Harrell, ND, for a webinar called Health and Hope. We are especially lucky to have Valerie as our pediatrician here in Jacksonville. She introduced us to Juice Plus+ back when my nearly 8 year old was just a baby and it's always a treat to hear her speak. We were incredibly lucky to meet Deb through our Juice Plus+ team. Not only is she valuable for health and wellness information, but she and her husband, Tim, give us great advice on our Tower Garden growing! You'll here me talk about them often. Here's the video recording of our live webinar.
About Dana Merrill
I'm a busy mom of three, determined to maintain a healthy lifestyle amidst the beautiful chaos.
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