Sep 9, 2016

Super Orange Pumpkin Juice | (It’s The Great Pumpkin Juice, Charlie Brown!)

Before telling you all about this Super Orange Pumpkin Juice we gotta go to that good ol’ disclaimer:

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Y’all, FINALLY! I know it’s still September and hot outside, but Labor Day is over, and you can’t make fun of me anymore. Fall is here! Not officially, but according to the laws of society and retail* it is fall. That means I’m about to go full basic, and pumpkin all the things.

*I made that up. Those laws obviously aren’t real.

I’m not going to lie and say “around this time I start thinking about Halloween.”. I’ve been thinking about Halloween since late July, and I started decorating for the holiday in late August.

I’m 30, I do what I want.

A recent mini Halloween haul!

I’ve been hard at work on my Halloween planning and FAL, and it’s been a blast. If you don’t know, FAL stands for Fall Aspirations List, and it’s something I talk about in my eBook, House Vegan: Fall FoMo No More. If you love fall but are easily overwhelmed by your autumn aspirations, my book teaches you how to focus in and achieve every single thing you want out of the season. This isn’t a fall-edition craft-store magazine, you guys. It gives real life tips on having the greatest fall ever based on your own individual desires. The FAL is the backbone of the process, and it’s crazy fun to make. I just started mine this week, and it’s already huge!

One item that is always present on my FAL is watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It is by far my favorite Halloween movie.

I’ve always been this way, okay??

Maybe it’s because it reminds me of Halloween at my grandmas. After all, my tendency to go all out is directly out of her playbook. 

Maybe it’s because it gave me something to look forward to during those dark years when I hated Halloween. Shocking to believe, but there was a time.

Maybe it’s because so much of what I love about fall is present in the film. Those deep reds, purples, and oranges. Halloween parties and pumpkin love. Iconic Vince Guaraldi played under that cold Charlie Brown existentialism. Or maybe I just love those things because of the film’s influence.  

All I know is that it isn’t fall or Halloween without It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

When brainstorming vegan recipes for this fall, I wanted so badly to do something related to The Great Pumpkin, but I’ve already done so much with pumpkin in previous years. I mean just look at this list:

My mind kept going back to pumpkin juice, but I was like “No, Hannah. Everyone is going to think of Harry Potter, and you’ll seem like a doof.”.  And then I remembered that I’m 30, and I do what I want. 

This  Super Orange Pumpkin Juice gets its name not from being super (though it is), but from the fact that it is so orange in color. With the pureed pumpkin, orange juice, and carrot juice, it’s like, how much more orange could this be? The answer is none. None more orange. 

Along with influencing the color, the orange and carrot juices really shine in this drink by making it a really lovely juice blend as opposed to something cloyingly pumpkin pie-ish. You could easily serve this alongside breakfast for a fall-inspired change from regular old orange juice.

Note that the recipe includes an option to add vanilla syrup. Without the syrup the juice is a little earthy, and totally delicious. However, if you want it to be a little more luxurious then include the syrup. It gives the pumpkin juice just a little more oomph without adding too much sweetness. For flavoring drinks, I really like Torani’s Vanilla Syrup. It has a great vanilla flavor, comes in three varieties (vanilla, vanilla bean, and signature), and is vegan. Not all of Torani’s syrups are vegan (the hazelnut, macadamia nut, and pumpkin pie syrups all contain dairy for instance), but you’re safe with the vanilla.*

P.S. Because I’m just so freakin excited about fall, here are some amazing looking pumpkin recipes from other bloggers to help get you on my borderline insane level of frenzy. These are all going on my FAL!

Super Orange Pumpkin Juice
  • 1 1/4 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3/4 cup carrot juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup vanilla syrup (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups unflavored sparkling water
1. In a large saucepan whisk together the pureed pumpkin, orange juice, carrot juice, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg until the mixture is completely combined.

2. Add the cinnamon stick to the pumpkin juice, and bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Allow the juice to simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Remove the juice from the heat, and allow it to cool completely – about 20 minutes. Once the juice is cool, remove and discard the cinnamon stick. 

4. Transfer the juice to an airtight jar or pitcher, and stir in the vanilla syrup if using. Add the sparkling water, and stir the mixture until it’s completely incorporated. 

5. Store your pumpkin juice in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve cold. 

Note: You may choose to top the juice off individually with more sparkling water. It depends on how thick you like your juice.

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*This post was in no way sponsored by Torani Syrups. I just happen to like them!

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