Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

I have a love/hate relationship with fall. I love crunching through fallen leaves on the sidewalk, bundling up in cozy sweaters, and switching from iced lattes to warm cappuccinos. However, in the back of my head, I know the season will be over before I’m ready and winter will be upon us. Oh, how I hate the cold! So while I’m enjoying fall, I feel the impending weight of winter dragging me down.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

To keep my spirits lifted I made a batch of pumpkin spice muffins. This may seem too simple an act to brighten one’s day, but it transforms your home into a cozy abode. The warmth of the oven and sweet scent of spiced pumpkin lingered in our apartment throughout the evening. As I savored one of these cupcakes I allowed myself to forget about winter and fully enjoy the beauty of this season. Follow the recipe below to make these cupcakes at your own home and celebrate fall to the fullest!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/2 C coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • Cream cheese frosting

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Line a muffin tin with liners
  • Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice together in a large bowl
  • In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut oil and eggs
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry until well combined
  • Divide the batter into the muffin tin
  • Bake for 15-20 minute
  • Let the cupcakes cool before frosting

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

I never considered myself an early riser, but I’m a creature of habit. Even though my alarm is turned off on the weekends, I still wake up around the same time as a work-day. This has created a few hours of solitude in the morning as Ian has no trouble sleeping in!

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

I fill this time with bubble baths, diving into a book or spoiling Ian with a warm breakfast. Over the weekend I chose the latter and puttered around the kitchen testing out a new recipe – Pumpkin Spice French Toast! The spices are mild, but the warm flavors still come through with every bite.

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ C. almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 slices of bread

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and spices
  2. Pour into a shallow bowl and dip each slice of bread into the mixture until each side is evenly coated
  3. Place the bread on a heated skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until the bread is golden brown
  4. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown
  5. Drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!