Pumpkin Goodness

Hi friends!

First of all, happy 24th birthday do to my wonderful boyfriend Chris!!!! I love you!! πŸ˜€

I realize that it’s not technically fall yet, but it definitely feels like it here in Boston. And for that reason- and because Starbucks reacquainted us with the pumpkin spice latte- I’ve been having an intense desire to consume pumpkin flavored things. Pumpkin goodies are some of my favorite things about fall! And then I see so many lovely bloggers posting pumpkin recipes and my desire increased even more! At some point during this season I want to recreate Tina’s pumpkin carrot cake bread, Julie’s pumpkin oatmeal muffins, and Katie’s pumpkin spice latte for one!

Sadly, when I went to the grocery store last week, they only had canned pumpkin pie mix…booooo.

But, no worries, when I finally decided to give into my craving yesterday, Whole Foods came to the rescue and they had regular canned pumpkin :D.

Last night, I was in the mood for a new dinner recipe and wanted to try pumpkin in a savory dish- I never had before! In came Courtney’s Pumpkin Black Bean Soup recipe. Oh my god you guys, you seriously have to make this! It was freaking amazing! Thank goodness I have a ton of leftovers because I just want to keep eating it haha.

I followed Courtney’s recipe exactly…the only different thing I did was add two chicken breasts! Seriously, make this soup! It tastes fabulous and as an added bonus your house will smell amazing :).


This morning, I still had pumpkin on the brain…apparently I needed to indulge the sweeter side of the craving. So I decided to try pumpkin in a smoothie. This was a success!

Chocolate and Vanilla Pumpkin Protein Smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Ice


  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy :).

I think I now have a new favorite breakfast. Oatmeal may have to take a seat on the sidelines for a few days until this can of pumpkin is finished.

I hope you have a good Monday! I’m off to the gym and then I have work to do before class this afternoon.



Do you like pumpkin? What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

What is your favorite thing about fall?

About In Sweetness and In Health

I'm Lindsay! I'm a 23 year-old graduate student in occupational therapy. I love all things health and fitness related and this blog will document my life as I learn to really love myself, try to stop worrying so much about my body, and truly take advantage of all the sweet things that life offers us.

Posted on September 19, 2011, in Bloggers, Breakfast, Dinner, Recipe. Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Pumpkin muffins are by far my favorite thing to make. I was SO bummed because the grocery store was all out this weekend when I went to stock up!! I’m DYING for some. Everything about Fall is pretty much my favorite thing: apple picking, cooler weather, perfect temps for running, pumpkin, sweaters, etc!

  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Mmm! All of these recipes that you referred to look AMAZING. I’m a huge pumpkin fan, and pretty much enjoy it in any food form πŸ˜€

  3. I bet I’d love that. I made a pumpkin pork chili one time that was really amazing. I found it on the foot network site, though it sounded odd, but am so happy I went for it.

  4. OOH! I was thinking pumpkin smoothie this morning, too! Sounds fab!

    I saw Courtney’s recipe last week and put it on my “to make” list right away, too! Glad to know it turned out so great! I love pumpkin muffins and I love to do overnight oats with a scoop of pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice mixed in. Then I dip apples in it. So delish!

  5. Oooooo, good idea adding the chicken! I may have to try that next time. πŸ™‚

    Glad you liked it!!

  6. oats don’t have to take a side, just add pumpkin to the oats!! ❀

    i had been eyeing her soup recipe as well. i just might have to try it!

  7. Happy Birthday to Chris!!!

    Loving the pumpkin goodness in this post!

    Happy Monday!!

  8. Happy birthday, Chris!

    I love pumpkin. I think my favorite recipe with pumpkin would be my mother-in-laws pumpkin praline pie. It’s heaven!

  9. Oh the soup looks great! I’m a bit chilly here so soup looks like a great future dinner! My favorite thing with pumpkin is my mom’s pumpkin bread. Love it so much!

  10. Oh goodness, pumpkin is the best. I just cracked open my first can last night, I’ve been hoarding my WF stash for months!! I pretty much love anything pumpkin!

  11. I just bought my first few cans the other day after searching high and low for them these last few weeks! I am psyched to have my first batch of pumpkin oats TONIGHT…I also love them as muffins and healthified pumpkin cheesecake πŸ™‚

  12. Pumpkin and apples are my favorite fall foods. I had a chocolate pumpkin smoothie this morning too. I added some spinach and expresso powder to the mix for some extra vitamins and caffiene.

  13. I have a serious problem with pumpkin…I am BEYOND obsessed!! I have been wanting to make that soup ever since I saw it on Courtney’s website. I’m glad to know it has your stamp of approval! πŸ™‚

  14. I’ve been wanting to try pumpkin using my chocolate Shakeology but wasn’t sure how it’d taste. If you used chocolate protein powder and it turned out great, I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for the idea!

  15. LOVE pumpkin…this time of year I want to include it in absolutely everything. I love your new blog look, girl!

  16. Yum! That soup looks incredible! I love how pumpkin is starting to creep into everything now that fall is just around the corner πŸ™‚ My favorite thing about fall is pumpkin muffin and wearing boots and scarves!

  17. I was the same this weekend. Picked up my 1st pumpkin latte, made pumpkin cream cheese bread, and decorated for fall. I love this season!

  18. my favorite thing about fall – the clothes!! i love big baggy sweaters with leggings / skinny jeans and boots. scarves, slouchy hats, cozy sweaters and a latte –> heaven!

  19. I think I’m the only blogger that doesn’t like pumpkin…

  20. Your pumpkin smoothie sounds awesome!! πŸ™‚

  21. I really love pumpkin but I’ve only had it in baked goods… I’d love to try that soup!

  22. I hadn’t seen a pumpkin soup mix…that looks really good! I’m definitely putting it on my to-make list.

  23. I’m just as obsessed with pumpkin as you are girl πŸ™‚ maybe more actually lol. I think I need to make that soup ASAP!

  24. I am feeling the pumpkin love up in herrrrrre!

    That soup looks AMAZING! I am so trying it.

    Fave thing about fall is the SCENTS!!!! I love the smell of fall! So fresh and crisp πŸ™‚

  25. I think my pumpkin obsession is evident. I still have 5 cans leftover from last year’s hoarding, but think buying another case is in order soon! Only 69 cents per can at Aldi (not organic though). My favorite fall thing is FOOTBALL SEASON!

  26. I love pumpkin bread! I can’t wait to make it πŸ™‚

  27. I love pretty much anything and everything pumpkin! Bread, muffins, cookies, cheesecake, pie, coffee, oatmeal… yummy!! πŸ™‚

  28. Loving the new blog-look, pretty girl! I saw it yesterday, but was too tired to write anything haha! But it looks AWESOME!

    And yes, like pretty much every female blogger out there, I also love pumpkin. I think we should do a research study, to figure out why women love pumpkin so much! πŸ˜‰

  29. I still haven’t given into my pumpkin craving yet- I’m holding off! I saw pumpkin donuts in the faculty room at school today and almost died, but I stayed with my yogurt. I wanna get some Libby’s and bake a bread to give in πŸ™‚

  30. One of the good things about fall- being able to enjoy pumpkin again! …I’m loving the pumpkin pie protein smoothies in the mornings!! I have oatmeal in the fridge that I just can’t make myself eat in the mornings, I want the pumpkin protein! πŸ™‚

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