Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Today is International Coffee Day, but in most people’s worlds, that is every day.

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I only started drinking coffee about a year ago, but I now do not know how I ever survived without it! The drink that hooked me….

The infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte

I haven’t had one at all this year because a) they’re stupid expensive and b) they’re filled with not such good for you things. But, I won’t lie to you and say that I haven’t craved one. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it the entire Fall without ordering one, so I came up with a solution to that problem.

I searched around on Pinterest (seriously, how did I waste my time before that existed?) and came about TONS of recipes. Some had too many ingredients others weren’t quite what I was looking for. So, I found a few components I liked of a couple of recipes and created this one!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup by Brooke: Not On a Diet

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 TB canned pumpkin
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer, stirring to prevent burning. Continue to simmer until sugar is dissolved and pumpkin is combined. Remove from heat, let cool before transferring to a container. Keep in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

This Pumpkin Spice Syrup is perfect for coffee and even tea! I add a tablespoon with a splash of almond milk and enjoy a cup or two (or five) in the morning. The syrup does settle a bit, so you will need to give it a stir before adding it to your cup.

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

I am not a chocolate person. I know, I’m crazy! When plagued with the choice of a candy bar, I usually opt for the one with no chocolate, or one that has minimal chocolate (Twix is my main choice). If there is one that has white chocolate though, 10 out of 10 times, I’ll pick that.

Now I don’t want to get into the argument that white chocolate technically isn’t a chocolate, because in the end it is delicious. Which, is obviously the MOST important thing! Personally, I don’t think there is enough white chocolate things in this world. Although, that’s probably a really good thing for me. ;)

Last week I was recipe creating and discovered a bag of white chocolate chips in my baking supplies along with a can of pumpkin. I thought the combo would be great, but didn’t feel like a traditional cookie or bar. Then my donut pan was staring at me and I thought, how great would a pumpkin donut be?

Oh guys, let me tell you….they are pretty great!

In true not on a diet fashion, I wanted to make them a bit healthier. This is where my FlapJacked love entered as well! I’ve talked about FlapJacked here before, but a quick rundown is they are pancake mixes filled with all natural ingredients and packed with protein. The mixes (buttermilk, cinnamon apple, & banana hazelnut) are low in PointsPlus values as well.

Great thing about this mix, it can be used in baking as well! They have a whole slew of recipes over on their website, which is where I found inspiration for these donuts.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts by Brooke: Not On a Diet

White Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

Makes: 6 donuts
 

Ingredients:
1-1/4 cup FlapJacked Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix
1/2 cup unsweetened original almond milk (skim milk would work as well)
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup white chocolate chips, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your donut pan with non-stick spray, set aside. In a bowl, mix your pancake mix, milk, sour cream, and pumpkin together. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, chop the white chocolate chips into small chunks. Fold in the chips into your batter. Evenly distribute the batter in the donut pan. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan before removing. Enjoy!

These donuts are perfect paired with a cup of coffee and some fruit for breakfast. Or even as a snack in the afternoon! Oh and if you’re a fan of chocolate, you could easily swap out the white chocolate chips with milk chocolate ones. That’s just crazy in my world though!

Are you a chocolate or a white chocolate fan?

Disclosure: I’m an ambassador for FlapJacked. They’re awesome and send me free product to talk about them. Of course, I only promote things I truly enjoy. FlapJacked is as great as I say it is, I promise!

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Currently: September

Every once in a while I like a good fluff post. Those types of posts that I enjoy writing because they don’t take much thinking and hopefully ones you all enjoy reading because it gives you a peek into my world. Today is one of those posts, life is crazy hectic lately and fluff is needed! :)

Here is what is going on currently….

Watching… Mr. B play NHL ’15 or Madden ’15. The guy just got a Xbox One a few weeks ago, so he has been video gaming it up in the living room on the big TV. Usually I banish him to his office to play his games. Lol. I don’t mind too much, because sometimes he is nice and let’s me play. ;) I’m also currently watching a lot of Food Network! We’re house/dog sitting at Mr. B’s grandparents’ house for the next 2 weeks and they have cable! Man, I’ve missed my cooking shows.

Reading… I’m actually not reading anything book wise. The last book I read was The Fault In Our Stars, which I was sort of let down about. It has SO much hype and I was expecting OMG AMAZING BEST BOOK EVER stuff and well, it was okay. Currently taking suggestions on what to read next! I am reading knitting patterns. I finished my shawl yesterday, so time for a new project! I’m working on knitting my sister some boot cuffs!

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Listening… Lots of Podcasts on my half-marathon training walks. I just discovered that Chalene Johnson has a podcast and it is great! I’m also listening to songs with great intros to choose one as my entrance to my sister’s wedding reception. I’m thinking the following will be best…

Making… Well besides knitting on some boot cuffs, I’m also working on a game to play at my sister’s bachelorette party this weekend. I’m thinking something truth/dare wise for when we are out on the town. Anyone have any suggestions? I also made some delicious donuts the other day that will be making an appearance on here soon!

Feeling… Overwhelmed! With my sister’s wedding fast approaching, there’s a lot still left to do! Her bachelorette party this weekend is the last big event before the big day, but there are still a few little things to do! Like taking care of these horrific tan lines I’ve got going on! Hoping I can find a good tanning lotion to help! Also feeling overwhelmed with all the things I want to do in life. If I could just make myself write things down and take it one day at a time, it would happen. Must work on that!

Planning… Working on that e-book, this year’s Skinny Snowman challenge, my sister’s bachelorette party, getting my personal training and health coach certification, a camping trip in a couple of weeks, workouts, blog posts, ALL THE THINGS!

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Loving… That Fall is here! So much to love about this time of year! The weather, the leaves, the pumpkin everything, soups, bon-fires, hoodies, boots, my sister getting married….all of it is all sorts of awesome.

What is new with you, currently?

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