It’s pumpkin time and we are in the fall spirit! We are so much in the spirit in fact that we have two pumpkin treats to share. The first is our Easy Peasy Pumpkin Squares and the second is a super cute and quick Pumpkin Craft. They make your house just feel (an smell) like fall!
The Pumpkin Squares are seriously amazing! We honestly can’t stop eating them! We love that they are bars instead of cookies because they cook up much quicker, they are easy to transport to any fall party and they stay gloriously moist. Every bite is a taste of the season!
This recipe is a perfect clean eating treat since everything in it is pure. We use all organic ingredients and honey and maple syrup in place of sugar. We like to use carob chips in pumpkin recipes you can however use milk or dark chocolate chips if you like. The freshly grated nutmeg adds a really special flavor too!
Easy Peasy Pumpkin Squares
- ¾ cups honey
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg, we like ours fresh grated
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¾ tsp. Real Salt
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup carob or chocolate chips (we like to use chopped Theo bars)
- 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans, optional)
Cream honey, syrup, butter, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla. We like to use our KitchenAid for this. Add remaining ingredients and mix until combined. Spread into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
This little Pumpkin Craft is one of the easiest we have ever done! There are no set rules so you can just let your imagination run free and have fun adding your own touch.
First take a 4×4 and cut it into any desired length. We had a lot of fun with this and made short ones and longs ones and turned one on it’s side.
After the paint is nice and dry cut out squares of festive paper and Mod Podge to your pumpkin. We didn’t measure at all. We wanted it to have a natural, carefree look and we wanted some of the wood exposed.
Now take a stick and cut it into smaller pieces to use as the pumpkin stems. This is another fun way to add character to your pumpkin! Using a real stick means you get the fun bark and knots to make each project different.
Time to break out the hot glue gun! This is where your creativity really takes the reins! Using the glue gun simply attach the stem and anything else you think would be cute. We used some colored burlap to represent pumpkin leaves, a cute little burlap bow, jute that we spiraled with fabric stiffener and anything else we felt in the mood for. Tah dah! Your adorable pumpkins are done!
What are your favorite fall activities?
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