Five Minute Black Bean Hummus

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For being such a huge hummus believer, it’s a real shocker how long it’s taken me to post one of my hummus recipes. My most common hummus consumption method is using it as a salad dressing replacer, which is genius by the way because it really complements all the veggies on my plate and adds an extra kick of flavor to any kind of protein I may choose to throw into the mix.

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Vegan Superfood Peppermint Hot Cacao


Whelp, ’tis the season to be FREEZING my butt off because I’m still not used to cold weather! (Says the Hawai‘i girl living in SoCal…) Haha I know, I know- I have no reason to complain about cold weather what-so-ever because I really don’t know what it’s like to live in a frigid winter wonderland. But still! I don’t think I could ever get used to the cold no matter how small a change it may be; I’m just a sunshine girl to the bone. The good news is this drop in temperature has got me in the warm-beverage drinking spirit more than usual. I have been clutching my hot lemon water-filled thermos this week like there’s no tomorrow scurrying to class, but tonight I was in need of something a little more sweet and spirited.

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Pumpkin Protein Balls


Like I mentioned yesterday in my Pumpkin Spice Sunflower Seed Waffles post, this Pumpkin Week idea of mine was a little more of a commitment than I had originally anticipated. But, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Blogging is a huge passion of mine and I love being able to share my thoughts and recipes with others interesting in bettering or expanding their knowledge on health and cooking wholesome, good-for-you foods. I hope you’ve enjoyed this past week of pumpkin overload as much as I have enjoyed sharing my various recipes with you. I also hope that I’ve changed some of your possible previous perspectives that pumpkin is only good for lattes and pies. This ingredient really is a force to be reckoned with, both in heath and cost, and I encourage you to further entice your imagination and try using it in everything. I’ve made pumpkin pasta, flatbread, pancakes and nana ice cream soft serve (just to name a few others) and would suggest you take advantage of this fall season staple by creating other recipes of your own!

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Latte


Ahhhh, the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. I know what you might be thinking, “Not another white girl blogging about #psl’s.” Hey, whether we like to admit it or not this drink is a trademark of the fall season, and don’t lie- it’s still really damn good. The spiciness of the cinnamon and nutmeg mixed with the subtly sweet flavor of pumpkin can get anyone excited, and then you mix it with coffee? How does anything stand a chance against that?

However, I have to start off by acknowledging the scary reality of a typical, “unhealthy-fied” Pumpkin Spice Latte. Most people don’t consider a morning cup of coffee like this to be a healthy diet foe, but it can be one of the worst for you if you’re not reading the fine print. For example, here are the nutrition facts for a tall 12 oz. Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

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5 Minute Pumpkin Poppy Seed Mug Muffin


And next up on Pumpkin Week is this simple and scrumptious Pumpkin Poppy Seed Mug Muffin! As I shared in my Kale & Pumpkin Power Smoothie post, pumpkin’s filled with so many health benefits that prove this ingredient definitely gives you a bag for your buck. Canned pumpkin chimes in at a whopping $1.99, 15 oz. can, giving you enough mash to expand your imagination and create multiple recipes. Which is exactly what I did here!

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Kale & Pumpkin Power Smoothie


Welcome welcome welcome to Pumpkin Week on Blonde, Bright and Broke! Starting today, I will be posting a pumpkin-themed recipe every day for the rest of this week to welcome in October and all that is pumpkin spice with warm, open arms. You can blame my obsession on the annual Trader Joe’s pumpkin takeover that happens each fall; I can seriously buy five jars of the TJ Pumpkin Butter in one grocery visit and not feel guilty about it. Aaaaand I also want to get a head start on pumpkin recipes before they go more viral on Pinterest than they already are. You can’t fight some trends, you have to just roll with it!

I love autumn fruits and veggies, but pumpkin hands-down takes the cake on being my favorite. Pumpkin has such a unique flavor and texture, naturally carries a bright, beautiful color (caused by carotenoids), is filled with yummy yummy seeds and is one of the most versatile ingredients to cook with. Plus it’s always fun to do the whole cliche “go to the pumpkin patch” gig with your friends! (Don’t lie, I know you want to admit to that) In fact, here’s a lovely picture of my friend Sarah and I at our really cute La Verne pumpkin patch.

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The Quirky Combination- Kale Mango Lime Protien Smoothie

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Monday is my absolute favorite day of the week. I could write a whole post as to why happy Mondays are the hidden secret to ultimate happiness and success, but I’ll save that for later. I know that’s not the easiest pill to swallow after an amazing weekend, which I hope all of you had. However, my number one favorite thing about Mondays is that hardly ANYONE else seems to like them. It makes me sad when I see people walking around with those “I hate Mondays” shirts because it’s basically like you’re setting yourself up for a crappy week that just began. Carpe diem people! Seize the day before it’s gone!

… Ok, I’m finished with my mini rant. Anyways, what better way to ring in this new week than with a freshly blended smoothie filled with super foods and seeds? Kale, as most already know (I say this because there’s a huge kale bandwagon frenzy currently sweeping the nation), is a powerhouse of an ingredient and does wonders for your digestive system, brain, energy levels, bones, skin and the list goes on. To read more about the amazing benefits of kale, check out this article. Kale is not only good for you but is also one of the most versatile superfoods out there. Use it to make salads, chips, stir-fries, soups, as a condiment and, of course, in smoothies! A word of caution- I promise kale smoothies won’t taste like a veggie garden only if you pair the right ingredients together.

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