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So fall has now officially approached, which means PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!

I love fall because of the comfy scarves and hats, the beautiful leaves changing color, and the delicious food– most of which is pumpkin flavored… Coffee, soups, and even ice cream becomes pumpkin flavor, so I created this little treat to help myself indulge in the season 😉

I figured I could be normal and write down a typical recipe, the way recipes tend to be written, or I could just illustrate it with pictures… So that’s what I did!!

So to start off you will need….img_0399

BUT make sure you use frozen bananas, or else it will just be runny (do you have the energy to go and catch it?! ha… sorry lame joke!) You can really get any of these ingredients from whichever store you like to shop at, but the pumpkin puree I used is just canned pumpkin I got from Kroger’s. Not sure where the bananas are from, and then these are the dates and the milled flax seeds I like to get from trader joes…

Flax seed is high in ALA (or alpha-linolenic acid), which is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. It’s normal for people to only think that omega-3 can be found in fish or dairy products, therefore they assume vegans must be deficient in omega-3, but that is clearly not the case. I have this every morning (in nice cream, or smoothies, or oatmeal, or in cereal, or just sprinkled on fruit), to supplement and get my omega-3! PLUS, it also contains some fiber and protein… Yay! BUT when consuming flaxseeds, make sure they are milled, otherwise the body has a difficult time breaking them down and most likely none of the nutrients will get absorbed, which would then just be a waste (and literally it would just leave your body as waste…)

OKAY so first, get your food processor (or a stronger blender) and put only the bananas in, blend it until it looks like the second picture, nice and smooth (ps: this is what “regular/plain” nice cream would be!)…

Next, add the pumpkin and blend (tip: take a spoon and just slightly mix the pumpkin in, that way you can avoid the pumpkin flying and just ending up on the lid of your food processor)…

Next, add in the rest of the ingredients (dates, milled flaxseeds, pumpkin pie spice, and agave), make sure if the dates have pits in them, that you remove them first and cut the dates in half to help it blend easier. In this case it also speeds up the process of you quickly fold the spices and flax into the nice cream so they don’t just fly onto the walls and lid of the food processor, and then blend it all up…. You can fully blend up the dates, but personally I stopped blending it earlier so I just got tiny bites of dates in the ice cream (seriously it’s like caramel pieces, DATES ARE GOLD!!)

And afterwards it should look like this delicious thing…

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So you can just enjoy it like that…

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OR you can add some toppings! Any nuts, fruits, seeds, or granola are amazing! But for this time I decided on…

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If you try out this recipe, let me know how it goes!! Thank you for taking the precious time out of your day to read this (:

 

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