7 Flavors that Pair Perfectly with Pumpkin

Photo by: Kathy Patalsky
Apple Cider and Ginger
Pumpkin is easily made sweet by pairing it with fall apple cider. Ginger compliments pumpkin quite nicely as well. Both flavors are featured in this ... more 
Photo by: Kathy Patalsky
Apple Cider and Ginger
Pumpkin is easily made sweet by pairing it with fall apple cider. Ginger compliments pumpkin quite nicely as well. Both flavors are featured in this frosty pumpkin smoothie.

Make a Pumpkin Pie Cider Smoothie

Ingredients:
-2/3 cup canned pumpkin, unsweetened
-1 cup apple cider (not apple juice)
-1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional spice add-in: cayenne for spiciness)
-1 1/4 cups frozen banana slices
-1/4 cup soy creamer - Sub Options: 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk OR sub with 1/3 cup vanilla soy yogurt for an even healthier smoothie
-1/4 cup ice
Sweetness note: the banana and cider should add enough sweetness, but you can add in a drizzle of maple syrup for extra sweetness
Garnish: crushed gingersnaps, whole gingersnap on top
Topping: vanilla bean coconut whip made from full fat coconut milk, a pinch of crushed vanilla bean and 2 tsp powdered sugar (I use an iSi at-home whipped cream frot less 
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Tue, Oct 30, 2012 10:50 AM EDT
Let me guess, right now you have several cans of pumpkin crowding your pantry. And pumpkin pie can get old pretty fast for an ambitious cook, like you. And while you can easily grasp the flavor simplicity of pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin muffins, starting to pair "pumpkin flavor" with other foods can become quite daunting. What does pumpkin pair well with anyways? Well besides a few obvious pairings like cinnamon, pecans and maple syrup - pumpkin pairs quite brilliantly with flavors like citrus, apple cider and chocolate. Here are 7 flavors that pair well with pumpkin, plus recipe ideas for each! -By Kathy Patalsky




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