Whole Green Love | Monthly Archive | September

26 Sep

If you know us by now (if you don’t, please stick around and hang out for a while!), we are obsessed. with. pumpkin. Looking for a dose of pumpkin? Click here for posts about pumpkin pie oatmeal, pumpkin pie parfaits, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin spiced lattes, and doggie treats made with pumpkin. I prefer to call our relationship with pumpkin a healthy interest…not an obsession.

A special thanks to Frontier Natural Products Co-op for the delivery of goodies to our door this week! They generously provided us with Simply Organic Madagascar vanilla, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves. We also received Frontier Natural Products Co-op chili powder (chili season is finally here!). For someone who is completely obsessed with anything related to the warm tastes and smells of Fall spices, this was the perfect delivery. Not only does the Madagascar vanilla taste divine, but through Simply Organic’s Well Earth program a $40,000 donation was made to their Madagascar vanilla partner, which helped make fresh and healthy water accessible to thousands of people in 38 villages of that region. Simply Organic is simply awesome.

Initially, when I was thinking of what to whip up with these spices, my mind ran to pumpkin bread, homemade pumpkin spiced lattes, and apple crisp. Pinterest is bombarding me with the delightful goodness of Fall flavors these days. I thought I would try something different though. When I went in the kitchen last night to get my breakfast prepared for the morning, I looked around for fruit to add to my usual yogurt and granola. No such luck in the fruit department, but we were definitely long on pumpkin because I am a complete hoarder at the grocery store when those shelves of canned pumpkin are full. Using pumpkin puree, vanilla, and many of the spices we received from Frontier Natural Products/Simply Organic, I created my new Fall breakfast favorite.

Pumpkin Molasses Parfait

3 Tbsp canned pumpkin puree

1 cup plain yogurt

1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses (or less, depending on your taste for molasses)

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp honey (optional)

Whisk all ingredients together. My first time through on this recipe, I just stirred the ingredients. It tasted good, but I like how a good whisking incorporates the ingredients a bit better and keeps the consistency smooth. Top the pumpkin and yogurt mixture with your favorite granola and a small handful of dried cranberries.

This is the perfect fall breakfast treat! It’s loaded with good stuff like vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber from the pumpkin and protein and calcium from the yogurt (for this recipe, the thicker the yogurt is that you buy, the better. Whole milk yogurt or bust). The blackstrap molasses add a serious punch of nutrition with iron, calcium, and magnesium. The molasses also adds a bold sweetness and the flavor of Fall. No need for added sugar. I left out the honey, but I know some people like their yogurt on the sweeter side. This yogurt parfait is like a giant molasses cookie/pumpkin pie slice in a bowl. Delightful.

(You can also find our recipe posted on Fill Those Jars Friday.)

Thanks to Frontier Natural Products, we have a wonderful gift to give to a lucky winner! Here are the giveaway details:

Prize: Simply Organic Madagascar pure vanilla extract and Simply Organic cinnamon

To Enter: Comment on this post by answering the question, “What is your favorite Fall food or recipe?” and include the words “Simply Organic” somewhere in your post.

Example: “My favorite Fall food is spicy chili. Simply Organic!”

Deadline: This giveaway closes on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 8pm CST.

Number of winners: One

Other info to know: Only one entry per email address will be accepted. Prizes can be shipped to US addresses only. We will choose the winner using random.org and announce the winner next weekend. Come right back here for our announcement! Good luck to all!

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Our lucky winner (selected by random.org) of the Simply Organic goodies is Natalie L.! Congrats! Thank you to all who participated!