Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie



Do you ever blare Neil Diamond in your kitchen?  I mean... really blare it?

While dancing?

And tripping over you cat?

And spilling pumpkin smoothie on yourself?

No?  Really?  Come on, how else does a twenty-something spend her Monday nights?



If you made my Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub over the weekend I have a feeling that you might be needing more pumpkin in your life.  And, if you licked a good deal of the body scrub off your face (*guilty*), you also just might be craving something a bit more substantial.  I've been enjoying this smoothie for breakfast lately and love the addition of oats, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds for a little extra fiber and protein.  It's a great grab-and-go breakfast or the perfect afternoon treat to power your kitchen dance party.  


Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Makes 2 servings

1 cup pumpkin puree
1.5 cups almond milk
2 bananas
1 cup ice cubes
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds and/or hemp seeds (optional)
1/4 cup regular rolled oats (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.  Drink up!

27 comments:

  1. I agree! and yummy smoothie :)

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  2. this might sound silly, but do you use raw pumpkin or pumkin puree?

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  3. @ Judith

    That's not a silly question at all! I'm glad you asked! :) I used pumpkin puree from a fresh, cooked pumpkin, but canned pumpkin puree also works. I'll clarify that in the recipe above too. Thanks!

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    1. Use raw because canned foods have bug reminents in them.

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  4. This looks and sounds so delicious. If I didn't have to roast a pumpkin for more puree, I'd be in the kitchen making it right now.

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  5. ah good to know :-) In fact, I could hardly imagine that a smoothie with raw pumpkin would be delicious, but you never know and I'm always open to try new things ;-) now I better get some pumpkin cooked, I'm sooo looking forward to trying this smoothie! thanks for the recipe!!!

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    2. I usually just shred my pumpkin in a food processor, then soak in hot water for awhile, before using in recipes. But, I've actually made smoothies and soups with just plain old raw chunks of pumpkin, and they've turned out great. It really depends what you're pairing it up with. I make a raw pumpkin smoohtie with a few chunks of raw pumpkin, 1 medium carrot, pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc), the water and meat from one thai coconut and 1 Medjool date (or stevia for lower sugar), and a pinch of sea salt. It's indulgently good! Sweet potato or yam works well, too. :-)

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  6. I made a pumpkin spice latte this week that was divine but I feel like I might like this even more!!

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  8. This totally tasted like pumpkin pie. Freaky. Yummy. But freaky.

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  9. When you say oats, what kind of oats do you mean? Raw steel cut oats? We don't eat the instant stuff so all I have is that really hard type of oats

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  10. @ Anonymous
    Great question! I used the "regular" oats from the bulk bin - not the instant or the steel cut ones. If you don't have any handy you can definitely leave 'em out. :)

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  11. I used frozen bananas and it was great!

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  12. I'll be making this this evening as a light dinner for a mini Dia de los Muertos celebration--me, the fiance and the dogs and cats (who may or may not elect to taste the smoothies!!). I will substitute raw cashews for the oats and using frozen bananas, most likely--but this looks like a bang-up recipe! Looking forward to it.

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  13. It wouldn't matter if I used rice milk, right? Or regular milk for that matter?

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  14. @ Katie
    Any milk works just fine! ;)

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  15. Woo, I just made it with rice milk and it's super yummy. :D

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  16. What a great recipe for the fall season! Pumpkin is so rich in nutrients including beta carotene and Vitamin A. This would be a nice change of pace from my regular vanilla protein shake :) Thank you!

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  17. So good! I think I might be addicted. The second time I made it, I needed a chocolate fix, so I tossed in a small handful of chocolate chips before blending... fantastic!

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  18. @RC
    Ohh! I love the addition of chocolate! :)

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  19. Sonnet, this sounds so delicious. I love pumpkin! I would like permission to pin this on my pinterest board, giving you credit of course.

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    1. Hi Jody, thanks for asking. Of course you can pin this on your board! Isn't Pinterest a great way to keep track of recipes? It's so addictive! :)

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  20. Yes, I know it is July.... but this Virginia girl has had enough of the 100+ degree temps! So this morning I cranked the AC, threw on a cozy pair of sweats and made this pumpkin smoothie. Absolutely fabulous! Pumpkin pie in a glass and without all the refined sugars. Thank you for the brief preview of fall to help me get through another sweltering day.

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    1. That's awesome! Hope it helped you stay cool!

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  21. Just made it!! It's delicious!!

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