8 ingredients. 15 minutes of active time. One awesome Thanksgiving pie to please them all. (Seriously, this one is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo friendly; use seeds in the crust and it’s nut-fee too!)
While I was testing pumpkin recipes a few weeks ago, I ended up with 3 (!) winners. But to share all of them seemed a little overboard, even for the season of everything-pumpkin-spiced. I ended up posting the Pumpkin Pie Chia Porridge with Rosemary Maple Crunch, because it was simple yet special and offered a unique twist on the standard chia bowl recipe found far and wide.
But the Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream! Guh! I couldn’t help but share a photo on Instagram and there was some interest in the recipe. This creamy, spicy concoction is so delicious and simple. Almost too simple. As a matter of fact there wasn’t really any testing per se. I whizzed the ingredients in the blender, took a little taste…and it was perfect! No need for adjustments. Even after the mixture was frozen into a proper ice cream, there wasn’t any tweaking necessary.
As a food blogger, when a recipe comes this easily it almost feels too simple to share. Does anyone else feel this way? “Surely I must make myself batty testing and tweaking before it’s worthy of ‘the blog.’” Or something to that effect.
So I made a simple raw pie crust, poured the ice cream on top and created a super easy Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Pie to make myself feel less guilty, but you know what. It’s really good either way. Make the crust or just make the ice cream it’s up to you!
Lesson learned: have faith in your abilities. A good recipe is a good recipe no matter how easily it came. We are often our own worst critic. I for one am going to learn to give myself a break every now and then. Something I think we all could use a little more of.
An Attitude of Gratitude
In the spirit of giving thanks this week, I’d like to share a bit of what I’m thankful for:
I am thankful to have the luxury to choose, create and eat really awesome nourishing food and a space to share my creations with all of you. I am thankful to have the opportunity to teach others what I learned and what I love. I am thankful to each and every one of you reading this post, for picking up what I’m throwing down.
It’s easy to get so caught up in all the wrong in the world that we forget what’s right about it. I am thankful that there are so many good people out there and I am thankful for friendship and love.
During this holiday season when you start to feel stressed out or maybe even a bit angry or resentful, just remember how blessed you are to be stressed. Gratitude will take you a long way to a healthy, happy life. And it is contagious! Maybe the best gift we can give is to be grateful for what we already have and express that gratitude in everything that we do.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US peeps!