Pumpkin, Pumpkin I am so glad you are back
When I think of fall, I definitely think of pumpkin! I love to add pumpkin into my dishes. I love to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin anything.
Do you know the health benefits of pumpkin?
Whether age old remedies have ultimate healing powers or not the nutrients present in just one serving of pumpkin are a testament to the health benefits of this timeless fruit. Pumpkin is antioxidant rich. Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene, potassium, zinc and high in fiber. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of protein. The seeds are also a great anti-inflammatory and beneficial for the prostate gland.
Turning up the spice in my kitchen with a little pumpkin
I enjoy cooking and eating as healthy as possible. I like to bake using all natural ingredients. I do not buy flour from the store, as I grind my wheat to make bread, muffins, pizza dough, waffles, pancakes,cakes, brownies, cookies, any and everything really. We enjoy not only the health benefits but the taste is incomparable. Since it is fall, I decided to add a twist to my waffles. So, I get out my handy dandy wheat grinder and begin the process. I’m going to turn my everyday ordinary waffles, into pumpkin spice waffles!
Let’s spice it up! Turn your ordinary waffles into Pumpkin Waffles
Ingredients to make pumpkin waffles
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups buttermilk**
- 1 tsp. madagascar vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup expeller pressed canola oil
- 1 drop Young Living cinnamon bark essential oil
- 1 drop Young Living clove essential oil
- 1 drop Young Living nutmeg essential oil
- 1 can pumpkin (Libby’s all natural gluten free)
- 3 cups freshly ground whole wheat flour- we use spelt or soft white wheat (or buy organic whole wheat flour: Bob’s Red Mill or Arrowhead Mills)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. sea salt
**we do not use cow’s milk, so this is how we substitute for buttermilk: 3 cups almond, rice or soy milk + 3 Tbs. lemon juice.
Mix together wet ingredients.
Mix together dry ingredients.
Add dry mixture to the liquids. Stir or whip until well blended. Pour onto waffle maker. Wait, be patient… then, dig in and enjoy!
Note: If you wish to make pancakes, use 1/3 cup oil instead of 1/2.
Cinnamon bark essential oil is one of the most antimicrobial essential oils in existence. It has been produced in Sri Lanka for over 2,000 years. It was used in ancient Egypt, China, and India for culinary and medicinal purposes, and its use has also been documented in the Bible. Recently, researchers found that viruses cannot live in the presence of cinnamon oil. Recent research has also discovered that cinnamon helps lower blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.
Clove oil has been used to numb gums and teeth for hundreds of years. Eugenol, clove’s principal constituent, is used in its synthetic form in many dental products today. Clove oil, for example, is a highly antioxidant oil. Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale. ORAC stands for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC).
The use of essential oils versus herbs/spices is my personal preference in this recipe because the potency of the oils and health benefits outweigh fresh or dried herbs/spices.
Share with me your thoughts? Would your family like this recipe? How about your friends? Share it with them. Moms are always looking to add in those “fruits and veggies”… sneak it into your food, like I do. Adding essential oils to your food is another great way to aid in health and wellness to the body!
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This recipe has been shared at makeaheadmealsforbusymoms.com, thischickcooks.blogspot.com, blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com, momnivores-dilemma.com, thetastyalternative.com, glutenfreelyfrugal.com, beyondthepeel.net, mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com, http://urbannaturale.com/live-it-up-at-the-healthy-happy-green-natural-party-blog-hop-3-2/