Vegan Pumpkin Spicecream

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Who says it has to legitimately be fall to start using all things pumpkin? Probably the same guy who says you can’t wear white after labour day – fuddy duddies. I find that the rush of needing to clean out my pantry has made me a little more creative of late. My husband, Jeff, loves pumpkin pie. And ice cream. And cinnamon.

So, when I had a shelf full of my pre-mixed spices and a cupboard full of canned goodies I came up with this vegan delight.

This is a two-part recipe that requires you to pre-make your own condensed “milk”. I didn’t measure out my own recipe so please use this one here that I found online. Let me know if you like it and if not, I’ll whip up mine and post it here for you.

VEGAN CONDENSED MILK – Part 1

You’ll make the recipe above and chill before setting out to finish the rest so please don’t forget and stress yourself out…..you just might eat all the ice cream before any one else has the opportunity.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 full recipe of vegan condensed milk
  • 1 large or two small cans of un-spiced pumpkin puree OR your own lightly baked pumpkin processed with a little water.
  • 3/4 cup Vegemoo / Nut mylk
  • 1 tbsp of my pre-mixed Pumpkin Spice
  • 3 frozen bananas

Method: 

Place all ingredients in high powered blender (Blend-Tec or Vitamin) mix until smooth. Place in freezer for 4-5 hours to serve as ice cream or serve immediately as pudding/topping.

I dressed with vegan, gluten free ginger cookies – also Jeff’s favourite.

Makes 4 servings

Kids {sugar free} trail mix 

This recipe comes from a recent unit I taught at Earl Grey School in Calgary, on Sugar. We put together a 7 minute NO COOKING REQUIRED recipe that’s loved by kids and is quite delicious.

The ingredients are simple to find, contain their own sugars and do not need any sweetness added whatsoever. The kids went nutso for this recipe as well as the teacher and the teachers assistant. I think it was a hit.

Try this for yourself and get out on the trails with your family!

Supplies

 Large bowl and mixing spoons

 Scoop or spoons for serving

 Small serving bowls, cups or plastic snack bags

Ingredients

 2 cups soy nuts or dried chickpeas

 2 cups plain air popped popcorn

 4 cups healthy boxed cereal – Kashi brand cereals are great in this recipe

 2 cups dried fruit like apricots, pineapple, or apples (look for brands with NO added sugar).

 1 cup of dried cranberries or blueberries (buy in bulk with no sugar added)

 1⁄2 cup of dried apples

 1 cup of granola – Bob’s Red Mill Crunchy Coconut is the healthiest other than homemade

 1⁄2 cup yogurt or carob chips

 Optional- 1 cup of nuts like almonds, walnuts or unsalted roasted shelled sunflower

seeds (Beware of nut allergies! If present, do not include.)

 Note: Many different ingredients may be added, as long as there is a good mix of whole

grains, dried fruit, and nuts if no allergies are present.

Directions

1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Scoop about 1/2 cup into small bowls, cups, or plastic snack bags and serve.

Drawing the short straw on information, healthy food choices and scientific fact.

I haven’t written for some time as I wanted to find something really important to speak to you all about. I scoured my brain, my health magazine subscriptions and the internet and came up with a topic for tonight. There is a business side to the food we put in our bellies, and everyone of us deserves to educate ourselves about it. I know I have written about aspartame before but it’s not the only cancer causing chemical out there, MSG is also very guilty of this, please read on for some shocking facts not all of you may know.

Excitotoxins – like MSG and Aspartame are evil cancer causing chemicals, I have chosen today to focus on MSG as I have yet to do that with my blogging, I’m sure you will all find this quite interesting and possibly life changing.

MSG ( monosodium glutimate) by definition is: Monosodium glutamate, also known as sodium glutamate and MSG, is a sodium salt of the non-essential amino acid glutamic acid.- It is used for flavouring as well as stimulate appetite and rid certain levels of natural suppressant. There is also formaldahyde found in MSG, a chemical that binds to your DNA and breaks it apart, it causes cancer to metastasis (grow) rapidly and knowing that formaldahyde is used for enbalming bodies doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. Mind the pun.

How did this get past the American FDA you ask? The usual incestuous way of course! Enter Donald Rumsfeld…Donald Rumsfeld was the one who pushed a lot of this through, when he was in the chairmanship of the G.D. Searle company, NutraSweet division. He got it approved through the regulatory process, but once it was approved, the government didn’t want to admit that they had made a mistake. They just continued to cover it up, like the fluoride thing and the milk industry.

Flouride in milk will be another topic I’ll speak on – but not today.

MSG also plays on your glutimate receptors, by overdosing you on glutimate. This causes “the runs”, irritable bowel, reflux and in some extreme cases cardiac arrest! Sudden cardiac death is caused by two things, Most commonly arrhythmia and coronary artery spasm. Both of which can be produced by glutamate.

No one is going to speak out about this, newspaper columnists and health writers are edited by their superiors, products containing MSG advertise in health magazines for godssake! What coroner would diagnose “death by MSG”? A good one, that’s who.

I could go on forever but my intention is not to fear monger or preach, I only hope to help some people make better decisions about their health by staying in formed. Do yourself a favour and Check your food labels now. How common are these dangerous ingredients? Check the ingredients labels of the food in your pantry right now. Look for yeast extract, aspartame or monosodium glutamate. Also check for any ingredient that’s hydrolyzed or autolyzed. If you spot any of these, you have excitotoxins in your food!

You’ll find these excitotoxins in:

Diet soda
“Sugar-free” drinks and sweets
Canned soups
Frozen pizza
Vegetarian foods, including veggie burgers
Snack chips
Diabetic foods
Salad dressing
Breakfast sausage
Beef jerky and chicken strips
Frozen foods, even “natural” ones
Instant dinner mixes
Baby food
Ranch-flavored dips and sauces
Gravy mixes and dip mixes
Bullion cubes and flavor packets

… and hundreds of other grocery products and restaurant foods.

I am no Doctor, but this guy is, if you are up for the read I suggest it – I have based this entry on his articles and interviews with Natural News…but this is his controversial book if you wish to read further. Take care of your one and only body, inside and out.