Pumpkin Poppers

 

 

This week I decided to try to go more natural.  Slow, baby steps.  I’m using up what I have and replacing those items with natural products.  I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but I was worried about the expense and not being able to go to just one store (you know Walmart).  My husband does the shopping and now I’m trying to convince him to go to different places.

Lately I’ve been developing new allergies.  I’ve always had quite a few.  I took Zyrtec for 3 years for them.  Then I starting reading up on long term antihistamine use.  One thing I kept reading was the belief that long term antihistamine use will suppress your immune system, causing you to get sick more often.  The Zyrtec also made me tired all the time and give me the munchies.  Three months ago we went on vacation and I forgot to take it with me.  So I quit, cold turkey.  I did absolutely fine.  One day of a little bit of dizziness and that was it.  I can’t even say that my allergies are  worse.

Oh yeah, back to the new allergies.  I don’t think these were allergies that the Zyrtec was treating.  They could have been, I don’t know.  I’ve never done any allergy testing and I’m not planning on to.  But, the shampoo I had been using for years gave me a rash on my scalp and down my back.  Sure they could have changed the formula.  So I tried a new one.  I’m currently on my 4th different brand.  Two weeks in, no verdict yet.  I had to change eye shadow and eyeliner brands.  And the worse new allergy is to my wedding ring!  Another thing I’ve had for years!  It leaves a blistery rash on my finger.  I’m itching just thinking about this!

I know, I’m sounding like a crazy hypochondriac!  But I believe that the continual exposure to chemicals, preservatives, hormones, etc. is causing all these problems.  And the more I research it, the more I believe it.  So now I’m weaning my family off of them.  I’m just way too cheap (frugal) just to throw everything out.  So little by little I am replacing everything with natural alternatives.

This week I quit soda (OMG!) and artificial sweeteners.  No weaning on those.  I decided that they were bad enough to just quit.

But what does this have to do with Pumpkin Poppers?  I came across this recipe on Pinterest and changed it up a bit.  This is a more natural version…

 

 

Pumpkin Poppers

recipe adapted from Domestically Speaking

3-1/2 to 4 dozen poppers

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1 cup flour (I’m still working on this one)

3/4 cup oat bran

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/3 cup butter

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup low-fat milk

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For Coating:

1/2 cup natural sweetener (like stevia)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

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 Preheat cake pop maker.

Combine all dry ingredients and whisk until combined.

In another bowl, combine all wet ingredients and whisk until combined.

Pour dry ingredients into the wet and mix until it’s just combined.

Cook in cake pop maker per manufacturer instructions.  I left mine in a little bit longer after the light went off.

While they are cooking, mix sweetener and cinnamon in a bowl.

Immediately after the poppers are done, roll them around in the coating bowl.  If you wait until they cool, the topping won’t stick.

The original recipe cooks them in mini muffin tins at 350 degrees in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

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Nutritional Facts:

1 serving – 6 poppers

 Calories 240.8
  Total Fat 9.2 g
  Saturated Fat 5.2 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 2.7 g
  Cholesterol 44.4 mg
  Sodium 290.3 mg
  Potassium 304.0 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 36.5 g
  Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
  Sugars 16.2 g
  Protein 4.6 g