My husband always pokes fun at me and my goofy jokes. Here’s how much I care… I made the title of this blog a silly play on words. So, for those of you that don’t get my corny play on words, “Fall Is A Humm-us” is a play on Fall Is Among Us! LOL

But YES, fall is in the air– even here in Arizona – and I couldn’t be more excited!

There is no season I love more. This anti-heat native Floridian can bring out the leggings and pair them with her favorite Uggs. Just cool enough to enjoy the outdoors all day long, but not so cold that I have to wear a down comforter to walk outside!

Among the beautiful fall colors and the smell of spicy cinnabon candles burning throughout the house, there is literally PUMPKIN everything; and I seriously have become obsessed with all the things this gourd can do.

But if you’re anything like me and have nearo-to-zero time, I only get to Pin my favorite recipes rather than give them a try. Before I know it, Easter is here and I haven’t done a damn thing pumpkin related.

But this year, I committed to immersing myself in all things “fall,” and that means I pumpkinspice_angscoped out some really amazing things to share with you that won’t cost you a lot of time or money – two precious commodities that I like to spend wisely.

I know one thing is for sure, every time I get a wild hair and want to make something spectacular for the season, I will look up a delicious recipe, get out-of-my-mind excited and then see the prep time, cook time, and 25 ingredients and my wild idea goes right out the window along with my ambition.

So because I love you all so much, I went on a little internet adventure and sought to find a recipe that used the fewest ingredients as possible and wouldn’t take me to the time machine cleaners.

Here is one of my favorites that I can’t wait to try with you all. Let me know how yours turns out for your next Holiday Healthy Happy Hour!

This recipe is simple, easy and quick! Total time, including prep is only 10 minutes. It’s also great for those who want to get into the holiday spirit, but don’t have a lot of time, but need a fun option to bring to fall parties.

PUMPKIN HUMMUS
Recipe from Kim’s Cravings

INGREDIENTS
 • ½ cup pumpkin pureepumpkinhummus
• 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 2 garlic cloves
• 2 Tablespoons tahini
• 4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
• ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste as desired
• ½ teaspoon ground cumin, plus more to taste as desired
• ½ teaspoon chili powder
• ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender. Process or blend until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl or pitcher.
2. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil over the top and serve with raw veggies, chips and/or crackers. Also, wonderful as a topping for sweet potatoes, salads and wraps.
3. Great served with pita, pita chips or veggies

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: ¼ cup  •  Calories: 165  •  Fat: 10.4g  •  Saturated fat: 1.4g  •  Carbohydrates: 14.8g  •  Sugar: 2.8g  •  Sodium: 286.6mg  •  Fiber: 4.4g  •  Protein: 4.7g  •  Cholesterol: 0mg

FUN FACTS ABOUT THE KEY RECIPE INGREDIENTS

Pumpkin
• Can boost your mood – rich in tryptophan
• Good post-workout food with 564 milligrams of potassium, more than a banan
• Helps boost immune system for that pesky season change – high in vitamin C

Chickpeas
Cancer fighting – contains selenium which is anti-inflammatory and can help protect against cancer
• High in fiber – helps you feel full and aids in a healthy digestive tract

Cinnamon
Anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties
• If at all possible, make sure it’s Ceylon cinnamon which is considered the truest form of cinnamon which in not the common cinnamon you purchase at the store. (If you can only access conventional cinnamon that will work, too.)
• Can help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels

Garlic
Contains high amounts of manganese, vitamin b6, vitamin C, selenium, and fiber
• Helps fight sickness including the common cold
• Supplementing garlic has been show to have a significant positive impact on blood pressure for those with high blood pressure

Let me know what you think!