I know I know…..you’re probably sick of Pumpkin anything at this point since the overload at Thanksgiving weekend! But I can’t get enough of it! Pumpkins are everywhere, and soon I’ll be carving mine and roasting the seeds for a delicious snack. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these simple and delicious pumpkin pie cupcakes that are gluten free! As for the icing, I have to admit it was a cheat on my part. I’ve been wanting to try the Healthy Top almond and cashew whipping cream and thought it would be the perfect addition to my cupcakes….and they were! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Ingredients
2 cups quinoa flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon (I add extra cinnamon because I LOVE IT!)
2 eggs
1 cup organic pumpkin puree
3/4 cup sucanat
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 tbsp olive oil

Directions
Preheat oven to 375. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together quinoa flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pie spice and cinnamon. In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add the pumpkin, sugar, buttermilk, applesauce and oil. Whisk until smooth. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and gently stir until blended. Use a large spoon to divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan. If frosting, be sure cupcakes have completely cooled so the icing doesn’t melt!

Healthy Top Icing
View the link below to see how to whip the Healthy Top! It takes no time at all! I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract before whipping to give it some extra flavour. http://www.mimiccreme.com/whipping.html

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Last week I posted a GREEN pumpkin pie smoothie! The green hue was due to the protein powder that I use which contained spirulina and chlorella! Sooooo…..I felt the need to redo my smoothie and post a more “appropriate” looking Pumpkin Pie smoothie! 😉 Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 cup Organic canned pumpkin puree
2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. manuka honey
3-4 ice cubes

Directions
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Happy Meatless Monday!

Health & Abundance,
Samantha 🙂

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