Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread

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Give me a day with temperatures under 80 and you will find me polishing up my boots, dragging out my scarves, and pulling out the fall recipes!

With fall just around the corner, my mind is on chili and soup, pumpkin and apples. Have you noticed how pumpkin spice products have taken over the nation? Because of “superfans,” Starbucks began offering their pumpkin spice lattes early this year. One fan, in particular, was delighted. That is Wesley’s girlfriend, Ashley. She is as crazy about pumpkin spice as I am about apples.

Just in time for fall, I want to share this fabulous cream cheese spread. Not only is this fantastic Pumpkin Spice Spread yummy on a warm toasted bagel, but it’s also delicious stuffed inside French toast.

I am also including the recipe for homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice. This combination of warm, fragrant spices is great to keep on hand this time of the year. It is simple to make, and any well-stocked spice cabinet will include all of the ingredients.

 

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ c. canned pumpkin puree
  • 2½ tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice blend, or more to taste
  • ¼ c. finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar, spice blend,pecans, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Mix until mixed well and smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. allspice
  • ¾ tsp. tsp. ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl. For convenient storage, pour into a small glass jar.

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Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

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I have not found a way that I will not eat a sweet potato. I enjoy them baked with butter, and a little cinnamon, or in a casserole, or au gratin, or in a pie or cobbler, and now my new favorite way to have them is in a smoothie! Such a delicious way to start the day and get a good dose of nutrients too!

You can bake sweet potatoes ahead of time. Keep the skin on and in an airtight container in the refrigerator. That makes it easy to make this smoothie early in the a.m. When I do not want to make banana bread, I take overripe bananas, peel them and add one banana in a snack-size ziplock bag. I then place the many snack size bags in one big gallon bag for the freezer. It’s so easy to take one out when you need it.

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Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c. sweet potato, cooked, peeled, and mashed
  • ½ frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 c. ice cubes
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. milk
  • ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Splenda, Truvia, honey, or sugar, to taste
  • whipped cream and nutmeg, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine sweet potato, banana, ice cubes, vanilla, milk, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetener. Blend on low until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish, if desired.

 

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