We all know that cooking and eating at home is way cheaper than going out to eat, but for the longest time I struggled with eating out. (Sometimes I still do.)
Part of the reason I struggled with this part of my budget more in the fall than any other time of year is because I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin.
I love pumpkin lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin doughnuts, and more. In past years I’ve gone out to eat to get those special pumpkin treats, which is not a very frugal way to satisfy your pumpkin craving.
This year I finally starting using all the pumpkin recipes I pinned on Pinterest and I’ve found at least a few keepers.
Here are five delicious recipes to help you get your pumpkin fix at home.
White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Created by Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction, these cookies have become a fall staple in my house the last two years. I started baking them last fall and made probably 10 batches between September and the end of November. I used them for everything, including when I needed to take treats to work or to a potluck. They are delicious!
This one is a bit of my own creation. I took several pumpkin pancake recipes and tweaked them to make my own thing. My favorite thing about this recipe is that it’s kind of a cheater’s recipe. It starts off with a pantry staple – baking mix or pancake mix – and ends up feeling homemade because of the extra ingredients added to the mix.
These pumpkin pancakes turned out light and fluffy. They are also pretty sweet so they don’t really need butter and syrup. I actually use them as a grab and go breakfast whenever I’m in a hurry in the mornings.
Here’s all you need:
2 eggs, 1 c. milk, 1/2 c. cooked pumpkin, 1 3/4 c. Bisquick baking mix, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1/4 tsp vanilla. Mix all together and cook on griddle until browned.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins (Starbucks Copy Cat)
These things are amazing! I made them this weekend and while they didn’t turn out a symmetrical and pretty as Starbucks’ muffins, they taste just the same. They don’t take too many ingredients and were fairly simple to make.
Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
My best friend in college taught me this recipe and I’m not really sure where it originated from. If you are craving chocolate, you can make chocolate muffins a lot healthier by using only 2 ingredients: a chocolate cake mix and a can of pure pumpkin. Mix these two ingredients together, spoon into muffin tins and bake.
There’s just a hint of pumpkin taste through the chocolate and it’s a lot healthier (and more moist) than using vegetable oil.
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte
For those of you trying to be more healthy, here’s a recipe for a homemade, healthy pumpkin spice latte. I lived off this thing last fall when I was trying to avoid eating sugar. It’s tasty, healthy, and a lot more budget friendly than getting a pumpkin latte at any coffee shop.
Do you love pumpkin focused foods? What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? What are some other hacks you use to save money on foods you like but don’t want to buy?
Photo courtesy of: wokandapix