WIAW + Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

I love cooking up a bunch of stuff on Sunday so I can be lazy all week and pack my lunch without having to think.  Blissful mindlessness.

This week I made pumpkin chilli, pumpkin cornbread muffins, greek quiches, and pumpkin mac and cheeze.  I went a little pumpkin overboard this week, but not really since I am OBSESSED with pumpkin and really don’t get tired of its healthy deliciousness.  Breakfast was a couple quiches and some fruit, lunch was chilli + a muffin + an apple, and dinner was something quick I threw together at home.  The prep on Sunday really proves to be worth it when you come home from work or class too drained to make dinner let alone think about packing breakfast and lunch for the next day.


Mini greek quiches with strawberries on the sides + coffee with soymilk and honey.


Pumpkin chilli with a pumpkin cornbread muffin + an apple.


Plain greek yogurt with strawberries and granola.


Sweet potato pesto and cheddar pizza on a chickpea flour crust. Deeeeevine.  Recipe on Thursday!

Then I snacked on, or ate a fourth of, this attempt at a pumpkin bread pudding/french toast bake.  It wasn’t quite sweet enough when I took it out of the oven so I tucked a chocolate chip or two or eleven here and there and shoved multiple forkfuls into my mouth.

Aaaaaaand it’s 10:30pm and the tummy’s growling so I will probably eat hummus with some vehicle within the hour.

Or maybe pumpkin spice hot cocoa.

Since you probably have an awkward amount of pumpkin left in a Tupperware in your fridge due to all the pumpkin recipes I’m forcing upon you, I present you with a delicious little seasonal drink in an effort to get rid of that last tablespoon.  I actually drank this Sunday night, made it again Monday morning and then added it to a cup of coffee to make a pumpkin latte.

It was a really, really good idea.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

-serves one


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • ½ tbsp chocolate chips
  • ½ – 1 tsp pure maple syrup (or sugar)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of salt


  1. Pour milk into a microwavable mug and heat for about 90 seconds.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir very well to combine.
  3. Sip and enjoy.

I wonder if my skin will start to turn slightly orange.  I really wouldn’t mind that one bit.