The pumpkin spice season started on August 24 for America’s largest coffee chain. But, unlike Starbucks, our team isn’t in a fall mood yet. Here in San Diego, we’ve been having a bit of a heat wave with bright sunny days that leave us walking our dogs in short before work!
It’s hard to feel like it’s fall when it’s warm and the sun is shining. But the kids are back in school, and Walmart has out all the seasonal decorations. The calendar tells us it’s time to embrace fall flavors.
If you have spent time on our blog, you know we love pumpkin spice. We believe it’s become so ubiquitous over the years because it’s so pleasant! But we’re too warm to enjoy hot drinks and baked treats. So, instead, we are sharing some delicious frozen pumpkin options.
Cottage cheese ice cream has been everywhere this year. This version combines cottage cheese, cream cheese and canned pumpkin. Be sure to use pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling. If you use a can of pumpkin pie filling, omit the cinnamon from the recipe and expect to have a pumpkin spice ice cream rather than a pumpkin one. A serving has 90 calories, one gram of carbs and seven grams of fat. Get the recipe.
It’s hard to pick between chocolate and yogurt barks. They’re such different sweets. While they both melt in your mouth and are delightfully creamy, they offer different benefits. Yogurt bark is the perfect version to carry the flavors of pumpkin pie. This recipe is wonderfully simple: mix, spread and freeze the ingredients. It’s a wonderful treat to make on a hot day when you want something sweet without exerting yourself. A serving has 81 calories, nine grams of carbs, 1.5 grams of fiber and 3.5 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
This layered dessert makes use of low-carb tortillas for structure. We have never thought of using wraps to separate layers of cream. But this recipe pulls it off, meaning the “pastry” layers are thin and just there to hold the frozen pumpkin mousse in place. In a way, it reminds us of the Viennetta ice cream cake of the ’80s with chocolate layers instead of cake — the wraps are unexpected but great! A serving has 197 calories, 10.4 grams of carbs, 1.6 grams of fiber and 12.7 grams of fat. Get the recipe.
If you’ve ever had a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, you know it tastes nothing like coffee. If you have it in the form of a Frappuccino, it’s even farther removed from coffee! This wonderful smoothie takes all the flavors we love and doesn’t even bother with the pretense of coffee. Instead, It’s a smoothie form of the drink made with yogurt, milk, pumpkin, banana and a ton of spice. If you’re a fan of the latte but want a cold smoothie on a hot day, this is the drink for you! A serving has 76 calories, 11 grams of carbs, one gram of fiber and one gram of fat. Get the recipe.
With these sweet recipes, we’re ready to kick off pumpkin season and stay cool while doing it!