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Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day + A giveaway!

I’m not exactly a hard sell when it comes to all things pumpkin, so I was delighted when I heard Allison Day was working on a pumpkin-packed follow-up to her wonderful first cookbook, Whole BowlsPurely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen came out last week and it’s the most gorgeous ode to one versatile and nutritious fruit. There’s sweet and savoury pumpkin breakfasts, desserts and everything in between — think sharp cheddar, pumpkin, and pecan scones; vegan pumpkin, onion, and spinach lasagna with white bean ricotta; gingerbread pumpkin cheesecake with pecan oat crust; classic pumpkin pie (naturally!); and several better-for-you takes on the beloved pumpkin spice latte. Read on to learn a little more about the book, get Allison’s ah-MAZE-ing recipe for morning glory pumpkin muffins and enter for your chance to win a copy of the book. 

Purely Pumpkin morning glory pumpkin muffins full size

Purely Pumpkin morning glory pumpkin muffins in hand

The book opens with a glossary of more than 20 (!) types of heirloom pumpkins, followed by a brief primer on the health benefits of pumpkin flesh (“a true superfood, whether purchased fresh or canned”), pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin spice. The photography (also by Allison; how talented is she?!) is moody and mouth-watering and will make you want to try pumpkin all the ways.

Purely Pumpkin savory herbed pumpkin oatmeal with soft-boiled eggs and pumpkin seed pesto

Purely Pumpkin savory herbed pumpkin oatmeal with soft-boiled eggs and pumpkin seed pesto close up

I loved the combination of flavours and textures in the savory herbed pumpkin oatmeal with soft-boiled eggs and pumpkin seed pesto. “Instead of pine nuts and basil, a verdant swirl of pesto made with arugala and pumpkin seeds awakens the taste buds with a peppery bite,” Allison writes, “contrasting an herby pillow of oats and a meltingly luxurious soft-boiled egg. It’s a cozy, hearty breakfast that will make you a cold weather convert at first spoonful.”

Purely Pumpkin truffles

The sticky toffee pumpkin spice pecan truffles take no time to whizz together and taste as decadent as they sound. And like all of the recipes in the book they’re made with nutritious (and delicious!) whole foods, so you can indulge knowing you’re doing your body good. I keep them in the freezer for a little energy boost here and there in the day.

Purely Pumpkin truffles stacked

My kids found the pumpkin spice a little strong (more truffles for me!), so I’ll halve the amount the next time we make them.

Purely Pumpkin morning glory pumpkin muffins in hand

The morning glory pumpkin muffins are a favourite in our house, and Allison was kind enough to share the recipe. Enjoy a little taste of Purely Pumpkin and scroll down to enter to win a copy!

Morning Glory Pumpkin Muffins

Detour, a fabulous café near my home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has the ultimate morning glory muffin; I can’t stop in there without picking one up, and I usually make sure everyone I bring there tries it, too. My recipe is not a duplicate of this fabulous morning glory muffin, but a pumpkin-filled homage. Moist, tender, not overly sweet, filled with fruit and seeds, and ideal with a cup of strong coffee, they’re the official grab-and-go breakfast or mid-afternoon snack of champions.

Makes 14–16 large muffins

2 cups light spelt flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

2 ripe bananas, mashed

¾ cup pumpkin purée

½ cup evaporated cane sugar or granulated sugar

½ cup neutral-tasting oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 apple, any variety, grated

2/3 cup raw, unsalted green pumpkin seeds

½ cup golden raisins or sultana raisins

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line two standard muffin tins with large muffin papers (you’ll only need 14 to 16 large muffin papers).

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, banana, pumpkin, sugar, oil, and vanilla until mixed. Stir dry mixture into wet mixture until just combined. Fold in apple, seeds, and raisins.

Scoop heaped ¼ cup (about 5 tablespoons) portions into muffin papers. Bake for 22 to 28 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze in a zip-top bag for up to 2 months. (Defrost at room temperature before eating.)

Excerpted from Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen by Allison Day. Copyright © 2016. Photography by © Allison Day. Used with permission of Skyhorse Publishing.



To enter to win a copy of Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Seasonal Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen, tell me how you like to enjoy pumpkin in the comments below. (This entry is mandatory.)

For an additional entry, follow try small things on Facebook and share this post, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below.

You may also tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet).

Pumpkin all the ways! Win Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day from @trysmallthings http://wp.me/p4xBed-2UO CAN 9/30 #PurelyPumpkin

The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on September 30, 2016. The potential winner must respond to prize notification within 48 hours, including the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.

Update October 1, 2016: Congratulations Dianne G! 

Thomas Allen & Son sent me a copy of Purely Pumpkin in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Francine
    1. try small things

      Thanks Francine! 🙂

  2. Francine

    My all-time favourite way is pumpkin pie!

  3. Tava

    Stuffed sugar pumpkins are so good you’ll never look at a carved pumpkin the same way again!

    1. try small things

      I’ve never had a stuffed pumpkin before. What do you stuff it with?

  4. Nancy T

    Pumpkin Pie is my absolute favourite pie! But I love a yummy pumpkin spice latte at home too!

  5. jan

  6. ellejames8

    I have a cheesecake recipe with Pumpkin in it that is divine!

    1. try small things

      I’ve never made a pumpkin cheesecake but I’d love to! 🙂

  7. Joy Mills (@Jemrah1)

  8. aheartyjourney

    I love everything about this post. My favorite thing to do with pumpkin is put it in my oatmeal!

    1. try small things

      Oh I’m so glad! You’d LOVE this book! 🙂

  9. Carey Hurst

    There is just not one way I enjoy pumpkin . I love from the seeds to all the flesh. From Cheescakes to savoury soups I just love pumpkin . I love to use fresh pumpkin where I have prepared and roasted it myself .

    1. try small things

      Ah yes, pumpkin cheesecake!! I could eat a whole one myself! 🙂

  10. billiondollarprincesss

    I love it in a latte and in pie.

  11. Creative Cat

    Pumpkin pie with whipped cream and muffins/bread. Love punpkin!

    1. try small things

      I’m with you, CC! Have you found a good gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe?

  12. Janet M

    janet m ‏@asherares now

    Pumpkin all the ways! Win Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day from @trysmallthings http://wp.me/p4xBed-2UO CAN 9/30 #PurelyPumpkin

  13. Victoria Ess

  14. Janet M

    I shared on facebook- Janet Meisner.

  15. Janet M

    I love pumpkin muffins and pie.

    1. try small things

      I hope you’ll try these pumpkin muffins, Janet. I’ve only got one of them left in the house (they don’t last long around here) and it’s taking everything in me not to inhale it as I write. Trying to save it for the kids after school, but I feel my resolve weakening. 🙂

  16. Victoria Ess

    I love pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie!

    1. try small things

      So good!! All the pumpkin!!

  17. loucheryl

    I love all things pumpkin. Soups, muffins and lattes are my favourite ways to enjoy pumpkin. 🙂

    1. try small things

      I am crazy about Allison’s morning glory pumpkin muffin recipe. I hope you’ll like it too! 🙂

  18. loucheryl
  19. janicour

    So many delicious recipes. I love Pumpkin soups. Liked and shared on facebook. .https://www.facebook.com/janice.cournoyer/posts/10157421451840357 and tweeted!! https://twitter.com/janicour/status/775481081269145600

  20. Julie-Lynne McCann (@ForeverAngel26)

  21. Julie-Lynne McCann (@ForeverAngel26)

    We love pumpkin spice latte’s and pumpkin cookies!!!

    1. try small things

      Now you’ve got me craving pumpkin cookies! Thanks for reading, Julie-Lynne. 🙂

  22. Kay Burke

    Those pecan truffles for
    Sure, love chocolate or anything presuming to taste of:)

  23. Amber barrett

    I would love this. I’ve just started to want to try baking and cooking of a bunch of different stuff. Me and my kids are tired of the same old stuff I make. I love pumpkin but never know what I can make besides pumpkin pie or pumpkin muffins. I would love to have this. Good luck to all. Thanks for the awesome chance to win this gem. I tweeted but can’t figure out how to show u on this cell.

  24. bundtlust

    I love pumpkin in every way, shape, and form, especially pumpkin challah and baked goods!

  25. Jennifer C.
    1. try small things

      PumpkinGirl — ha ha! The book is perfect for you!! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Jennifer.

  26. Jennifer C.

    I follow on Facebook. I, also, shared the giveaway! My FB name is: Jenny Chomiak

    1. Jennifer Morse
  27. Jennifer Morse
  28. Jennifer Morse

    Shared on Facebook!

  29. Jennifer C.

    Every fall I love to make Pumpkin Scones! They are delicious!

  30. Jennifer Morse

    I make delicious pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and pumpkin breakfast cookies! I love all things pumpkin…except for the pie! It’s a texture thing 😉

    1. try small things

      More pie for me then! 🙂 Love to try your pumpkin breakfast cookies, Jennifer! 🙂

      1. Jennifer Morse

        Here’s the recipe I use! They are so great. I make them often and when my mom had knee replacement surgery earlier this year I made a big batch for her – they were an easy and filling breakfast for her to grab. Enjoy!

  31. Tiffany w

  32. Tiffany w

    I need to try those muffins!! They look wonderful! I love anything and everything pumpkin, especially lattes. I’m a sucker for stirring in pumpkin butter into my coffee this time of year too! Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. try small things

      Mmm, pumpkin butter. Have you ever made it?

  33. Christine Holliday
  34. Christine Holliday
  35. Kim K
  36. Christine Holliday

    I love this time of year, mainly because I love all things pumpkin! I believe it is my favourite in the whole wide world!

    1. try small things

      Me too, Christine! #foundmytribe

  37. Kim K

    I usually incorporate pumpkin into my baking, like cakes and muffins.

  38. Phyllis Anderson

    Looks yummy, sticky toffee pumpkin spice pecan truffles sound and look right up my alley…. and pumpkin hummus – would love to give that a try… and oh! those yummy muffins. Hope that little hand model likes them too.

    1. try small things

      They love them! I just made another batch this afternoon for quick breakfasts and school lunches. 🙂

  39. jan

  40. jan

    FB follow and shared. Jan L.

    1. try small things

      Thanks Jan! ❤️

  41. jan

    I love roasted pumpkin especially if there is some left over to make a pie

  42. siegalpaula

    I love it so many ways but I especially love roasting the seeds

    1. try small things

      Me too! So good. 🙂

  43. Maha

    I love Pumpkin Hummus!! Best dip ever 🙂

    1. try small things

      Oh, you really *did* hop over from IG! Thank you, Maha! There’s a recipe for roasted garlic pumpkin hummus in the book. Must try! 🙂

  44. Joy Mills (@Jemrah1)

  45. Joy Mills (@Jemrah1)

    gah, i am really wanting this book – love, love, love pumpkin – especially pie and scones and muffins!!

    1. try small things

      You’d love it, Joy! So many ways with pumpkin! 🙂

  46. Natalie

    My favourite way to enjoy pumpkin is a baked pumpkin chocolate chip doughnut coated in cinnamon sugar. They’re so good and feel so much like fall.

    1. try small things

      Okay now I have a *huge* pumpkin doughnut craving! Might have to make some this week! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Natalie.

  47. Nicole
  48. Nicole

    Pumpkin and apple soup is a fall favourite in our house. The muffins sound delicious so will have to try them as well.

    1. try small things

      Oh that sounds delicious! And I just made another batch of the pumpkin muffins this afternoon. Great for lunches! (no nuts)

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