I love the flavor of pumpkin, so this food season is a little slice of heaven for me! In the past, I was the first one in line for the pumpkin scone as soon as it appeared at Starbucks. Now, I find them dry and not worth the calories.
So I have been in search of a pumpkin fix that meets my (ridiculously) high taste standards. Last weekend we went to a restaurant and I tried their pumpkin pancakes. I sent them back, too rubbery. The weekend prior I really cracked up my hubbie. First we ordered a pumpkin roll, which came out so gooey it was disgusting. Then I asked for an order of their pumpkin toast, which I didn't eat because I couldn't taste the pumpkin. Then I asked for a pumpkin muffin, which I picked at because it was too sugary. Hubbie said - "give it up Dear!" He was right. :-)
So this morning I created a pumpkin pancake batter and thoroughly enjoyed some pancakes (with light butter) and real maple syrup. I am completely satisfied and happy! The calories were high for breakfast, but I won't eat lunch and am planning a big salad for dinner. An hour of cardio will happen today too. It all balances out.
One other pumpkin treat I "invented"......take the plain canned pumpkin, add stevia and pumpkin pie spice to taste. Set it in the freezer for an hour, take it out and enjoy a fun version of "pumpkin" ice cream. Of course it is not ice cream, but it is full of flavor, cold and creamy and only 80 calories for a whole cup!
Desire to satisfy my taste buds. Dedication to keep trying to find the right flavor treat. Discipline to carefully enjoy.