We’ve been talking a lot lately about getting your creative juices flowing. Now we’re taking it literally with this creative juice recipe from Kathy Hester of HealthySlowCooking.com. Made with fresh fall ingredients and completely vegetarian/vegan, this Halloween recipe is perfect to get you going in the morning, sip in the office, or make a big batch for a Halloween party.
Kathy says: “There’s more to pumpkin juice than just breaking into a haunted pumpkin patch, fending off the zombies, and juicing a pumpkin. My version simmers spices, fresh ginger and vanilla bean—with apple juice to infuse it. Then it’s blended with soaked dried apricots, pumpkin purée, and a little nutmeg. It’s sweetened only with dried apricots.”
- 10 dried apricots
- 1½ cups water
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 7 whole allspice berries
- 2 (2-inch) pieces of thinly sliced ginger
- ½ vanilla bean, split (or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract)
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Soak the apricots in the water for at least 4 hours or overnight in the fridge. Add the apple juice, cinnamon stick, allspice, ginger and vanilla bean to a saucepan. Bring almost to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and let it cool a bit.
Add the apricots and the soaking water to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the pumpkin purée and nutmeg and blend again. Strain the apple juice mixture into the blender to make sure only the liquid comes through. Blend until smooth.
Put a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and strain the pulp so that only the thick juice drips into the pitcher. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg before serving.
For the past ten years, I’ve thrown a multi-course vegan Gothic Halloween dinner party. I wrote The Ghoulish Gourmet so you can invite all your friends over and have a spooky soiree.
You get 25 unique Halloween recipes that all ages will love. There are a couple of cocktail recipes thrown in for the grown-ups, but even they can be made without the alcohol. Most recipes have options to be made gluten-free, soy-free, and/or nut-free.
The Ghoulish Gourmet is written and created by Kathy Hester, author of The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Great Vegan Bean Book, The Easy Vegan and more. All the recipes were thoroughly tested with Kathy’s testing team.