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Recent Kitchen Creations: Pumpkin, Pancakes, Donuts and Salads

Hello, foodies!

As busy as I’ve been, I’ve found it very hard to fit in time to bake and cook as much as I’d like. I really miss it!! I am itching with anticipation for the day I have my new place, have gone down in shifts, and have more time to actually come home and cook a cool meal for Dan and I.  That being said, even when I have no time, I always find some way to squeeze in some kitchen creativity. I have been able to make a few things in these past couple weeks and have happily began my forays into pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin. ‘Cause… that’s a priority, it seems. I’m linking up with Laura for a WIAW look into some of my recent eats, paired closely with my latest rendition of Lately: Kitchen Creations!




I have about 193900 pumpkin type bars/cakes/loaves pinned in my pumpkin board, but for something to start with, I finally settled on this easy gem from Ambitious Kitchen. 

My daily breakfast for the past week has been a scrumptious bowl of overnight pumpkin chia oats topped with two pieces of this pumpkin bar crumbled up and lathered with extra peanut butter and milk. I’m definitely still not sick of it. 

1/2 cup oats + 2 Tbsp pumpkin + pumpkin pie spice + stevia + vanilla + 1-2 tsp chia seeds + almond milk to cover. Left to sit overnight or for an hour in the morning. Then topped with two squares of crumbled pumpkin oat bar, peanut butter and additional almond milk. 




When not having my pumpkin oat bowl, I’ve been on a pancake kick. 

I made a batch of Arman’s pumpkin oat pancakes and enjoyed them with a few different combinations. 

Pumpkin pancakes + organic famers market breakfast sausage + blueberries + peaches + pure maple syrup

Pumpkin pancakes + peanut butter + blueberries, bananas, peaches

P.S I’ve reallllllly been enjoying peach season. 

I also threw together a batch of socca – AKA chickpea flour – pancakes. AKA the easiest, most surprising pancakes you will ever make. Not to mention gluten free, vegan, next to no ingredients and nutritious power houses. 

To make, simple combine 1/2 a cup (80 grams) chickpea flour + 1.5 tsp baking powder + 1/4 tsp salt and your sweetener of choice ( 1 tbsp maple syrup, coconut sugar, xylitol or a few drops of stevia). Slowly add in 1/4 + 1 Tbsp water until thick but pourable. Voila!

Chickpea flour pancakes + peanut butter + homemade blueberry jam + nectarine 

Oh yeah craving for PB&J totallleddd



These monster cookies were a super simple, healthy little throw together. I used mini reeces pieces to up the peanut butter factor

Which brings me to the go-to snack I’ve been frequently enjoying. It just so turns out these little nuggets are a perfect companion to my pumpkin spice lattes. A combination that has definitely happened more than once. 

Take-home PSL + pumpkin cookies. An afternoon treat on a day off. 

I really enjoyed making these vegan pumpkin donuts to give out to some friends. Donuts are just so fun to make. I topped them with a super simple icing made of 1 cup almond milk + 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp cocoa powder + 1 Tbsp maple syrup + stevia  – heated and stirred on the stove until real thick. 

I’ve also been devouring popcorn like a mother. Like this time when I downed half a bag on my way home on the streetcar….. #class




I’ve been enjoying getting back to my salad-love-affair and trying to make some interesting combinations again. 

For a friends’ BBQ (the release party for this video which you should all go watch and share) I made a curried orange, feta, lentil, cranberry salad based off this recipe….

Kale + lentils + feta + orange + cranberries + curry orange vinaigrette

As well as a super creative blueberry, chia coleslaw that I discovered here. Chia seeds in coleslaw – who woulda thought!?

Blueberry Chia Coleslaw

I’ve been enjoying the last bits of some nice sunny weather by taking my tupperwares outside

Cold soba noodles + edamame + sundried tomatoes + crispy onions + micro greens + sunflower sprouts

Kale + quinoa + grilled sweet potato + grape tomatoes + gogi berries + adzuki beans + cucumbers + sunflower sprouts + cashews

And when I’m not getting in my salads, I’ve been trying to slurp down a few more green juices. 

Cold-pressed kale/spinach/parsley/romaine/chard/apple/lemon/ginger/cayenne

A pretty good mix all around, I say.

Happy Fall eating to you!

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Tell me,

Have you made any pumpkin recipes yet that you’d like to share?

What’s the most creative salad you’ve ever made?

What’s your favorite afternoon snack?  




  1. Cindy | 4th Oct 17

    You know, Cora, there’s something about your food that always looks so freaking delicious, and so dang appealing. I can’t 100% pinpoint exactly why, but I just want to eat every single meal that you prepared – even if it’s as simple as overnight oats with a shattered oat bar on top. Do you heat up your overnight oats?
    I’m also super jealous of you for having peaches. Those look so sweet and juicy. How is peach season not over yet?
    What is the texture like, for those socca pancakes? They are looking amazing – especially with that blueberry sauce and melted PB.
    And… those donuts! I think you just inspired me to buy a donut pan. It’s been on the back of my mind for a long time, but I’ve always thought of them as fussy. Thank you for sharing the recipe that you used.
    And of course, those salads. In love, as usual.

    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      Aha aw Cindy – well I don’t know what I do – but I’m so happy to hear it makes my food look tantalizing! Food photography and colors are just so beautiful aren’t they?

      Socca pancakes are SO fluffy! You’d never guess it!! Also, get a donut pan. I know baking wise they taste/feel not much different than a muffin or brownie or what not, but the shape itself just makes them SO FUN TO MAKE!

  2. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 4th Oct 17

    All the pumpkin, all the time. That bowl of pumpkin oats with the pumpkin bars on top? Looks soooooo good. Ambitious Kitchen has the best bar recipes. The pancakes too. And the doughnuts. Just everything. I got a doughnut pan for my birthday way back in March and I HAVE YET TO USE IT. How???
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    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      Ahhhh use it! Making donuts is SO FUN!

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 4th Oct 17

    Salads, cookies, pancakes, coffee…so many goodies! I need to try these chickpea flour pancakes. I’ve made muffins with chickpea flour before but I haven’t tried it any other way. I love seeing all these creations out of your kitchen. If Dan is getting to eat any of these, he is a lucky guy!
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    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      Those chickpea flour pancakes are insanely easy. They’ll be your new ‘go-to’ in no time. Seriously I can’t believe how fluffy and light they come out.

  4. Marina @ Happy Healing | 4th Oct 17

    Wow… I’m drooling. Seriously all of this food looks incredible and so fall-ish! I need those pumpkin overnight oats in my life!

    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      If I could have pumpkin in everything I eat right now…. I would. I <3 fall.

  5. Alyssa | 4th Oct 17

    pumpkin season is my favorite!! just picked up some pumpkin cheerios last week. your breakfast game is on point tho. that recipe from ambitious kitchen looks amazing. maybe i’ll do some baking this week. 🙂
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    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      Pumpkin cheerios!?! Gah you guys have WAY better product options than us. I’d be all over those. If I could eat pumpkin in everything I eat right now…. I would. I <3 fall.

  6. danielle | 4th Oct 17

    I’ve got 2 cans of pumpkin in my pantry that must be used. My old favorite way to use pumpkin in throwing a can in my curry and mixing it up with tomato paste and canned coconut milk plus spices to make the smoothest, richest, lushest, curry sauce ever. I’m craving it now! i’d like to make some pumpkin pancakes as well, and some pumpkin brownies… I guess I’ll need more pumpkin! Socca looks sooocca good! I can’t wait to try that. I’ve got a lot of chickpea flour and would love to make something easy.
    My favorite salads are just roasting or sauteeing some stuff and throwing it on top of raw greens. I love mixing hot and cold. Breaking all sorts of food rules since 1979, thank you very much 🙂

    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      That sounds SO GOOD. That may even be a way to get Dan eating pumpkin. Sneakily. Heh heh heh…..

      Socca good. Lol. You make me laugh.

  7. Patric@looneyforfood.com | 4th Oct 17

    I my golly, I used to eat socca like every day, I have forgotten about it but now I must revisit it.
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    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      Yes! Its so crazy easy. I don’t want to ever forget about it again.

  8. Evangeline | 4th Oct 17

    I’ll be drooling for the next few hours, thanks very much. Everything looks fantastic. OHMYGOSH that oat bowl looks heavenly. Need to create it sooon.
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    • Cora | 6th Oct 17

      Everyone loves a good drool <3

  9. Ellie Pell | 4th Oct 17

    Yum to the pancakes and pumpkin! I’ve been getting more into oatmeal as the temperatures drop, and also any sandwich on sourdough bread. Today I made a panini with this CHEDDAR CHIVE SOURDOUGH that I completely adored! Oh man Cora you’d love it!!
    I have a recipe for chickpea flour pancakes but my question is: can I make them waffles instead?! =P
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    • Cora | 7th Oct 17

      Oh dear lord. I mean you had me right at sourdough. But CHEDDAR sourdough!? Bring me to where you find these things pleasseee.

      And yes… I’m sure you can make them into your beloved waffles, haha :). On that note I can’t wait to get a new waffle maker. Its top of my list for when I move.

  10. chasetheredgrape | 4th Oct 17

    Ok I need to get me some chickpea flour… I love how simple and easy those pancakes are!!
    My favourite salad combo is roasted butternut squash, beet and feta. Oooooh the combo, earthy, sweet and salty…. Perfection!

    • Cora | 7th Oct 17

      I hope you can find it in your neck of the woods! The pancakes are seriously the easiest, and still SO fluffy and light like any other regular pancake.

      Ooooo I love that combo, too! Perfect for fall. AND I have feta in my fridge. Thank you…

  11. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 5th Oct 17

    Oo. Those chickpea pancakes sound quite yummy right now. I don’t know how I’d do with the chickpea flour–but I’m tempted to give it a try!
    Love that you’re getting into the pumpkins and the peaches. Do they not seem to bother you? Or just not worrying about the FODMAP thing anymore? Either way, I’m super-glad you get to enjoy peaches.
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    • Cora | 7th Oct 17

      Ugh. Okay. It probably would have been smart to have made some comment on those things in this post..

      So my stomach has been a lot better, dare I say almost “normal?” for the last few weeks (knock on all the wood for me, ya?). Going off fodmaps really did seem to “fix” many things in the immediate short term. I’ve continued to stay off many of the large items, out of fear mostly, but have now started to be almost completely lax with eating “whatever.” I started eating peaches last week —> fine (yay!). I had my FIRST apple in a couple of months two nights ago. I think it was fine? That being said yesterday I had my first return of severe tightness and lower stomach bloating. Soooo that was not a welcomed return. I don’t know if its because of something I’ve started eating again, or what. The hardest thing is that it doesn’t seem to be an immediate repercussion of something I eat. Maybe it takes longer for the affects to happen?

      All that to say, I haven’t been thinking of fodmaps in these last couple weeks. If this tightness etc. continues to come back then I’ll have to take a look at things again. For now I’m just really luxuriating in feeling freedom again. Hence peaches!!

  12. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 5th Oct 17

    I’m so glad you linked up again. I always love your eats – they’re so creative and crave-worthy!

    I’ve been making a bunch of pumpkin stuff I need to share soon. That pumpkin breakfast bowl you made looks amazing!!!
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    • Cora | 7th Oct 17

      Yes please share!!!

  13. Emily Swanson | 5th Oct 17

    How does all of your food look sooo stunning/beautiful all the time? I’m always craving all of it after I read. And I’m totally sooo excited to get back to the US and get on the pumpkin train. It really is not something that they get as excited about in Europe. The way you topped those pumpkin chia overnight oats looks just absolutely scrumptious.
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    • Cora | 7th Oct 17

      Yay when you return you can make ALL the pumpkin! It will feel even better then this year 🙂

  14. Casey the College Celiac | 5th Oct 17

    Girl, I could LIVE off of those tupperware meals – those look FABULOUS! And you should really be a professional recipe reviewer. Your roundups and photos always make me drool!
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    • Cora | 7th Oct 17

      Ah shucks well that’s a compliment and a half…. thank you! I wouldn’t mind making a few bucks exercising my taste buds and getting in the kitchen more 🙂

      How are you DOING Casey?! I’ve been so busy. I need to catch up on your happenings!

  15. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 6th Oct 17

    Thank god I brought snacks to this post. Everything looks amazing, especially those salads. Mmmm.
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    • Cora | 7th Oct 17

      Brought snacks. Lol. I love a good blogging-catchup-picnic session.

  16. Kristy from Southern In Law | 8th Oct 17

    How good do your donuts look?! That frosting ?

    I’m kicking myself for not bringing home some cans of pumpkin from Hawaii!
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  17. Kaylee | 8th Oct 17

    Hmmm, I have yet to use chickpea flour for sweet pancakes but since I love the texture and taste of savory socca I might have to give that a go! Oh my, that soba salad looks delish.
    You are definitely full on in pumpkin mode! I have yet to break out my first can of pumpkin for this season. It is hard to feel the fall vibes when it still feels like summer out here.

  18. Mdu Rohtak | 14th Oct 17

    You have just created a bowl of utter happiness. I love the idea of putting DONUTS in the salad!
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