OK, who is excited for fall? While summer is officially my favorite season, there is something about fall that I just can’t resist. The crisp weather is energizing, the colorful leaves are beautiful, and I’ve been in love with pumpkin since before it was cool 😉
When Sprouts asked to send me some of their special pumpkin products, the pumpkin lover in me gave an immediate “yes!”
ALL of the products were flavorful and oh so fall, but there were three that stole my heart.
1. I loved this Pumpkin Pie lip balm.
One of the reasons I love summer is because of hiking season, so I try to get as many fall hikes in as possible! Something I always bring with me while hiking is lip balm because the dry air and sunshine makes my lips soooo dry. Last weekend, I made sure to bring this pumpkin pie lip balm with me and it worked like a charm! No dry or chapped lips after hiking up past 14,000 feet.
2. Pumpkin Spiced Apple Cider
Calling all apple cider fans! This stuff is d-lish! The ingredient list looks pretty great for a sweet drink and it tastes absolutely wonderful.
While this cider tastes great on it’s own, we added it to some fall sangria which really took it over the top!
3. Maple Pumpkin Butter
I saved the best for last on this one. I was shocked at how much I love this maple pumpkin butter! The texture is very similar to apple butter, the flavor is sweet but not over the top, it tastes wonderful mixed in oats, and it’s the BEST on my Pumpkin Cornbread (recipe below!).
OK, now this cornbread…
In addition to loving all things pumping, I’ve also always loved cornbread.
Last weekend, I totally had a hankering for cornbread and thought I would jump on the early fall pumpkin train by mixing some in the batter and let me tell you…best decision ever! The bread is slightly sweet from maple syrup and perfectly moist due to the pumpkin.
What really takes this bread to the next level is the addition of that Maple Pumpkin Butter I mentioned up above 🙂
And because fall officially starts tomorrow, go ahead and do yourself a favor by making this tasty side dish, breakfast, dessert, or treat (however cornbread fits into your life!)
If you have dietary needs, this bread is low FODMAP, gluten free, and dairy free. Feel free to enjoy!