I love to eat seasonally. Now that it is Fall, I find I truly do incorporate the amazing seasonal produce our area has to offer. Berries and peaches are now officially off the shelves at our local market, and pumpkin, purple cabbage, brussel sprouts, apples, and pomegranates are everywhere.
Pumpkin is used frequently in Tunisian cuisine, but not the same way that us Americans do it. I see they generally add it to couscous, like a savory squash, and we tend to use the spice blend (which doesn’t exist in North Africa) in our lattes, or puree it for our baked goods (I am a big fan of this brand). I may actually be pumpkin’s biggest fan, and enjoy it in all of it’s forms and how versitile it is. I love to bake the seeds, roast them up, turn them into soup, I even make a pumpkin probiotic face mask. And don’t get me started on how excited I am to turn the gorgeous pumpkins here into incredible decorations for our home. 🙂
I’ve been enjoying a pumpkin, tumeric, chia seed smoothie every morning. Although I don’t add sweetness, even my one year old son goes crazy over it. Since our households seems to love pumpkin so much, I decided to do something different and make a popsicle out of it. I had a few gluten free pumpkin spiced graham crackers left from last week, but not enough for an actual crust, so I used them for some extra texture and flavor in our popsicle.
I always do my baking and treat making at night when the kids are in bed. I made these popsicles late, put them in the freezer, and was grateful that I did, because I woke up with a sore throat. Last week, my entire family had the same illness, and I thought I was the immunity queen who didn’t catch it. But….it just snuck up on me a little late. These popsicles saved me and my throat! Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A, which known to be anti-inflammatory thanks to it’s capability to enhance immune function. Just one popsicle has more than 100% of the daily recommended amount of Vit A! And popsicles are so soothing all year round. If you have extra pumpkin puree, make a batch and enjoy the taste and added health benefits!
If you want to add these amazing pumpkin spiced graham cracker crumbs on your pops, see recipe below