It’s that time of year! Temperatures are dropping and blustery winds are blowing. I don’t have the same kind of fall and winter in the bay area as I did in Minnesota, but I do get a fall and winter. It’s just different. You wake to 48 degrees and by 3 in the afternoon it can get to 80. But as soon as the sun starts to go down, the temperatures fall as fast as the light goes away. The key to living here seems to be dressing in layers.
Last night we had a huge wind storm. Gusts of over 60 miles an hour reeked havoc all over the bay area. We took the dogs out for a quick walk and believe me, it was terrifying being out there. Branches were blowing down, power was going out and apparently 5 big rigs were blown over on the highway. Now that is some wind!
We choose to take off the chill and get toasty with this Hot Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Nog. Fresh hazelnut milk, fresh pumpkin and a handful of spices go into the blender and are spun up just enough to get warm. A delicious addition to a crackling fire and some nice wool socks.
You are going need a batch of Hazelnut milk for this recipe. It is so tasty! You can find that recipe here: Hazelnut Milk
For this recipe, you will need a “Sugar Pie” pumpkin or any other edible pie pumpkin. Don’t use the ones that you are going to carve for Jack-o-Lanterns. Pumpkin is a great veggie to add to your list. It is packed with vitamin A, beta carotene and fiber. And if you are looking for potassium (which is great for heart health) pumpkins have more potassium than bananas!
It’s easy to get the meat out of a pumpkin. First you will cut off the top with the stem. It is very difficult to cut through the stem so just get rid of that piece.
Quarter the pumpkin and remove the seeds. Then all that is left is to peel the quarters and slice them into approximately 1-inch pieces.
A quick buzz in the blender and you will have a delicious, nutritions warm drink for your fall and winter evenings!
P.S. These are my FAVORITE hot drink glasses. They are insulated so they keep the liquid warm and your hands cool. They are also pretty snazzy to look at! You can find them here: Insulated Latte Cup Set
Hot Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Nog
- 3 cups hazelnut milk (recipe here)
- 3 cups chopped pumpkin
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup*
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and warm. Watch the temp if you want to keep this raw. It can’t go above 115 degrees.
*Maple syrup is not raw but is used in many raw food recipes.