Pumpkin Power Recipes

Pumpkins aren’t just for pie and jack-o-lanterns anymore. If you’re guilty of going pumpkin crazy every Halloween, then you’re stuck wondering what the heck to do with them afterward, we have a solution for you. Learn how to use your leftover gourds for some GOURDeous treats!
 

PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE 

Ingredients:
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (can use peach yogurt for a sweeter smoothie!)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons honey
2/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh – fresh recipe below)
1 cup ice 

Directions:
For pumpkin puree:
Take 1 pie pumpkin, cut open and scrape out the seeds. Cut into slices, and put in a bowl of water and microwave for 20 minutes. Then scoop pumpkin meat out of shell and place to the side to let it cool.

For smoothie:
Add ingredients to blender in the order listed, and blend until smooth. If smoothie is too thick, add milk; if too thin add more ice. Taste and add more spice as needed.
 

PUMPKIN FACIAL 

Ingredients:
2 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh – alternative fresh recipe below)
5 tablespoons plain yogurt
4 tablespoons honey
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup ground almonds 

Directions:
For the pumpkin puree:
Take 1-2 small pumpkins, cut into pieces and scrape out the seeds. (You can cheat this with canned pumpkin.) Bake each, cut side down, in a covered oven container for at least 45 minutes at 350. Scoop out the pumpkin meat and let cool, then mash into a paste.

For the facial:
Combine pumpkin puree with other ingredients. Make sure skin is clean and slightly damp, then place mixture on skin for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off!
 

PUMPKIN CANDLE 

Items needed:
Pumpkins (can use mini pumpkins, gourds, whatever you want!)
Sharp knife
Spoon
Paper towels
Wax chips
Candle wicks
Candle scent
Scissors 

Directions:
Carve the top off the pumpkin of your choice, and place to the side. Scrape out the pumpkin guts and seeds, and wipe clean. Then in a double boiler, heat the wax fully over low heat. Mix in your scent of choice. Then, hot glue the candle wick into the pumpkin. You can use a spoon or straw to make a small indent in the bottom of the pumpkin so the wick sits easily. Carefully pour the hot wax into the pumpkin, until almost full. Give it 24 hours to fully set and harden, which can be sped up in the fridge! Save the top of the pumpkin as a cute lid for your pumpkin when it’s not lit.

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