A few weeks ago, we received a large box packed full of pumpkin products from our fabulous partners at Sprouts. Our eleven year old enjoyed unpacking the box immensely . . . three kinds pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spiced apple cider (sipping some now, in fact), pumpkin pasta sauce (??!), pumpkin seed tortilla chips, maple pumpkin butter . . . it just kept going! Now, I must confess that spring holds my heart. (Shhhh! Don’t tell Torrey!) However, Fall comes as a close second. After the heat of summer, falling leaves and cooling temperatures appeal to this runner’s heart. And, as much as I love pumpkins for decorating, pie is about as far as I usually take it with the pumpkin obsession. Sprouts may have changed that.
We’re a household with three children, so I’ll let you guess where we started with trying out these new tasties. If you guessed cookies, you probably have three children too. Of the three (cranberry pumpkin crisps, pumpkin iced cookies, and pumpkin snaps), the pumpkin snaps were everyone’s favorite hands down. (I went out to Sprouts this week and found out these are available in apple too! Tempting . . . ) Now, that’s not to say that the other cookies weren’t enjoyed. They totally were.
But the pumpkin snaps reign supreme in our household. The flavors just work.
When mama gets an evening to herself (which is rare!), I’m all about having a small treat with a glass of wine. So I decided to try out those pumpkin seed tortilla chips. They make a decent base for a toasty nacho melt, y’all. I like that the seeds add a little bit of extra crunch nuttiness (and protein!) to the chips. Overall, not a huge departure from what one might expect from a tortilla chip — just enough of an extra oomph to shake things up.
Because he is three, our son was too obstinate to believe that the organic pumpkin flax granola could possibly replace his bowl of cheerios. Let it be known, however, that between him and his sister, I consumed less than half of this bowl myself:
Pleasantly nutty and sweet, the granola holds up well to milk. This breakfast cereal packs protein and fiber and tempts even the most hesitant of toddler appetites — especially if mom dares eat it in front of them!
My plans for the pumpkin pasta sauce still remain a mystery. However, that maple pumpkin butter is destined for some biscuits this weekend. My husband makes a mean biscuit, and this half marathon training makes a hungry mama. That combination creates the perfect weekend brunch opportunity!
So, if your pumpkin obsession has you scouting the grocery shelves for ways to feed your habit, get yourself over to Sprouts. Pumpkin season is in full swing, and you don’t want to miss it!