Hello, again! It’s almost Halloween time again! The leaves are falling and all of the stores are selling festive baked goods for this fall season.

I made a delicious pumpkin bread to get my roomates in the mood for this chilly fall season! The recipe I found was from a great online blog entitled “Meals Matter.” This blog offers a host of recipes for the holiday seasons and other festive events. The recipe is low-calorie. This works out perfect because the halloween candy and other sweets make up for all the extra calories.

The recipe was also very quick and simple to make. It is as follows:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup All-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons Baking soda

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon Ginger

1 1/3 cup Solid pack pumpkin puree

1 cup Packed brown sugar

1/2 cup Reduced-fat buttermilk OR 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 Egg

2 tablespoons Butter, softened

1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger into a large bowl. Mix in pumpkin, brown sugar, buttermilk, egg, butter and vanilla until well blended. Pour into a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and smooth the top.

3. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

The actual bake time for me was only about 45 minutes or so. I let it cool for one hour and we sprinkled powdered sugar on the top of the bread for both flavor and decoration. I also doubled the batter and made muffins from what was left over. The muffins took much less time (about 35 to 40 min) and they were equally delicious.

Other pumpkin bread recipes are available too! Here are a few simple ones with a twist that you may enjoy! Goodluck!

Another Halloween recipe that I stumbled upon is called “Simple Spooky Slaw.” I found the recipe on the 365 Days of Halloween website. This site offers tons of halloween advice on fun foods and desserts. Check it out, it will leave you wanting more!!

The recipe is:

Beautiful Halloween shades of purple, orange, and green await you in this simple slaw! It contains only fresh, raw ingredients, and is packed with complimentary flavors and textures. It is suitable for a side dish or even a healthy Halloween treat. Spooky Slaw at a distanceThis is also a great way to get kids who “don’t like vegetables” to load up their plates with carrots and cabbage!

Ingredients (organic whenever possible):

  • 5 carrots, grated 
  • 2 C. red cabbage, shredded (which looks purple)
  • 1 C. raisins (soak in water first if they are not very plump)
  • 1/3 C. raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 C. raw pumpkin seeds (aka: pepitas)

If you’ve got a food processor, you can use it for shredding and grating the veggies at warp speed, otherwise just do it by hand. Toss together salad ingredients before adding dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup (grade A or B)
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger, fresh grated*
  • 4 Tbsp. cold-pressed oil of your choice (olive, flax, hemp, walnut, etc.)
  • salt to taste

Dissolve the maple syrup in the lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Allow to marinate at least 15 minutes.

To serve, leave in large bowl for individual serving or pile tall mounds (as seen in pictures) on separate plates.

*Adjust ginger to your tastes. I usually use 1 Tbsp. powdered ginger which is too much for many people, but suits me fine. Stick to fresh ginger for a more subdued taste.

Suitable for: Vegan, Vegetarian, & Raw Food diets (use agave in place of maple for 100% raw)

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We loved this delicious and healthy recipe and I hope that you will too! Do not be afraid to add you special kick to it and comment back by letting me know how it goes!

Also, here’s a coupon for some sugar! (Everyone always needs some extra sugar on Halloween!) Comes in handy with all that baking! Let us know how it turns out!! Good luck and have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween!

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