Autumn is one of those seasons that reminds me of comfort, the smell of pumpkin spice, drinking hot chocolates, wearing cosy oversized jumpers and enjoying movie nights curled up on the sofa with a blanket. The build up to Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas is the best time of the year and what a better way to warm yourself up than with some home cooked comfort food.
We’ve put together two healthy autumnal recipes that you can make at home. So, get your apron on it’s time to cook Cutie!
Pumpkin Soup 🎃
If there is one thing that reminds of Autumn, it has to be pumpkins! It just wouldn’t be the same without them. Try this simple yet healthy Pumpkin Soup recipe, ideal for lunch on the go! (Serves 4)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 white onions, finely chopped
1 medium pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
Handful of pumpkin seeds
1 crushed garlic clove
1 tsp of sweet paprika
700ml vegetable or chicken stock
Reduced fat double cream or non-dairy alternative
Salt and pepper to season
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, gently fry the chopped onion and crushed garlic until soft, add 1 tsp of sweet paprika and fry until mixed.
- Add the chopped pumpkin into the pan, and carry on cooking for 10 minutes until it softens.
- Pour 700 ml of the chosen stock into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes until the pumpkin is very soft.
- Pour in the cream or non-dairy alternative, bring back to boil and then puree with a hand blender, blend till chosen consistency.
- Lightly toast the pumpkin seeds on a pan and use as garnish.
Healthy Cinnamon Flapjacks
Every girl needs snacks for those cosy nights in, try out this healthy cinnamon flapjack recipe to hit those sugar cravings.
2 cup rolled oats
2 very ripe bananas
½ cup of melted coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: ¼ cup of raisins, ¼ cup roasted almonds, (you can add any other option here too)
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
- Grease your baking dish with some coconut oil and set aside.
- In a small bowl mash the bananas with the melted coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract.
- In a large bowl mix the rolled oats, cinnamon and your chosen extra’s (raisins, almonds etc).
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together until one consistency.
- Transfer the mix into your baking dish and bake around 30-40 mins until the top is golden brown.
We hope you enjoy Cutie, stay cosy!