I am a total Basic Witch. Fall is my most favorite time of the year. I really miss seeing the leaves change and all of the beautiful fall colors that Idaho had to offer. It is still 95 degrees in Phoenix today and that is a bit toasty for me. I am longing for cooler temps and Halloween. Oh my goodness, I love me some Halloween!! Nothing is better than spooky decorations, horror movies, and of course, dressing up. It is magical. I have a legit obsession with this holiday and time of year. Nothing beats pumpkin spice. NOTHING.
So, naturally, when September 20th-ish hit, I was on a mission to find as much pumpkin spice, gluten free goodies I could. And I did not disappoint. There are so many yummy treats available! So, I loaded up Darren and Chloe and hit Trader Joe’s one day. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen some of my yummy pumpkin treats. Darren actually asked me if I smoked a pumpkin before we went to Trader Joe’s because he was blown away with how much pumpkin stuff I left with. Thanks D. Anyways, the first treat I tried was the Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark pictured below. This stuff was heaven. I ate half the bag before we got home and made Darren really question if I was a baked pumpkin. Anyways, it was vegan, gluten free, packed with tons of vitamins and minerals, and was just basically the tastiest treat ever.
Next, I tried the pumpkin spice almond milk creamer. WOW. This should be sold all year round. This creamer only lasted like a week. I looked so forward to this creamer every morning that I drank way more coffee than I needed to. Oh well, it was amazing. It was also gluten free, vegan, and super healthy. Finding food that tastes amazing and is really good for you is the best thing ever. No more guilt.
After that, I moved on to the Pumpkin O’s cereal. Also, vegan, gluten free, etc. This cereal has a similar taste to Life Cereal with an added pumpkin kick. These are Chloe’s favorites. No one gets to touch them if she is looking. She has some territory issues with her food and I don’t blame her.
Next was Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Blend from Wildtree. Um yum. This one Chloe can not touch because it has traces of dairy in it, but that just means more for Mama! I found a recipe online that uses this pumpkin pie spice with cream cheese to make a fruit dip. Since I don’t do a lot of dairy, I found this brand called Daiya that makes dairy free cheese. They have mozzarella, cheddar, and cream cheese that is all dairy free. Sounds crazy I know, but it all tastes amazing! I have used the mozzarella and cheddar on Cauliflower Pizza and we really didn’t notice much difference. This dip is my go to for the next few months. It also pairs so well with apples and bananas. I highly recommend it.
No, I am not done. I really love me some of that pumpkin shit so this is a long list. Hence why its all in one post. Anyways, I also got ambitious and found one of those silly Facebook food videos. You know the videos that makes you drool over the food they are preparing so you think you can do it yourself. Yep, one of those. They were making vegan pumpkin cupcakes with coconut butter frosting. Oh yeah. Saved that bad boy and attempted it once I had everything. They were amazing. Making them was harder than I thought and I was super worried that my baking skills weren’t up to par. However, they turned out delicious and my whole family loved them. If you want to try them, here is the link to the recipe I used. Also, I would not try this unless you have a food processor. Way too complex without one.
Now, as we are approaching Halloween pretty soon, I am still on a mission for the best pumpkin spice treat I can find. Wish me luck.