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Alternative Pumpkin Recipes

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re still surrounded by pumpkins. Whether it’s spice or pie, they’re almost everywhere you look. At The Junction, we thought it’d be fun to start our month off by inviting residents of our apartment community in Menomonee Falls, WI to try out a few new ways to eat pumpkin (and no, we’re not talking about pie). Here are three pumpkin recipes that are sure to have you smiling!

Today’s recipes come from SparkPeople.

Our first recipe is not a complete meal or treat by itself, but is perfectly paired when eaten with a whole-wheat bagel, crackers, carrots, or other vegetables. Pumpkin Dip is filled with a sweet flavor while holding onto that which is savory. For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients: one cup of 1% milkfat cottage cheese, 8 ounces of Neufchatel cheese, ½ cup of pumpkin puree, and one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. “Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Process until mixture is smooth. Transfer to a container and chill. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.”

Our second recipe will most-likely be enjoyed in the mornings. These Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Pancakes look amazing! “These moist pancakes are lightly spiced for the palate of my young child. If you like a bit more pizzazz, you can increase the spices or add others. Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice both work nicely here.”

Our final recipe is a nice dessert that’s perfect for this time of year. Enjoy baking and then sinking your teeth into these Carrot Pumpkin Bars. This recipe takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to make, and it yields 24 servings. Each serving is roughly 130 calories.

Let us know what your favorite recipe is that uses pumpkin as the main ingredient. Share your thoughts in a comment below today’s post. Thanks for reading. Happy Thanksgiving!