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Two Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes to Get Pumped About

Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, so dip away! (Photo courtesy Mediterranean Snacks)

What is it about pumpkin flavors that make people go gaga? So much so, a recent Starbucks pumpkin spice shortage was recently reported, causing Twitter hysteria nationwide (don't worry, it was a false alarm). We're right there with you though, and while we love pumpkin too, the best kind of pumpkin is the one that doesn't pack on the calories! To get your fix, try these two seasonal recipes below from Mediterranean Snacks and Eight O'Clock Coffee:

Savory Sweet Pumpkin Dip

Serves 6

Ingredients

15 ounces pureed pumpkin
1 large apple, diced small
1 medium onion, diced small
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chicken broth

Directions

1. Melt butter in a saucepan. Cook onion over medium-high heat, until translucent.
2. Add apple to pan and cook until just softened. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add pumpkin and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring to avoid burning. Add half the chicken broth and cook 2-3 minutes. If the dip is very thick, add the remaining chicken broth and cook a few more minutes. Serve warm with Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Chips.

Nutrition info per serving (1.3 ounces): 30 calories, 2.1g total fat, 5mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 2.6g carbs, 0.6g dietary fiber, 0.5g protein

Read more for a low-cost and low-cal way to make your own pumpkin spice brew.

This recipe makes this treat a not-so-guilty indulgence. (Photo courtesy Eight O'Clock Coffee)

Eight O'Clock Gr8 Pumpkin Coffee

Serves 3

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
6 tablespoons Eight O'Clock Coffee Original Ground (enough for 1 full pot)
Milk
Sugar

Directions:

1. Combine pumpkin pie spice and coffee grounds in coffee filter, brew. Add milk and sugar to taste.

Nutrition info per serving (1 cup): 26 calories, 0.9g total fat, 0mg cholesterol 4mg sodium, 5.2.g carbs, 1.1g dietary fiber, 0.4g protein

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