So, this weather. Not sure what to say about it. It's cold, then it's 90 degrees, then it's SUPER RAINY. It's sort of all over the place right now. But, crazy weather aside, I am pretty ready for fall and all of the deliciousness that goes along with it. This recipe is the perfect summer to fall transition drink, especially if you're all like "Hot lattes? I'm still drinking iced coffee!" (like Papa right now). The kids will love it, you will love it, and it will ease you right into the glorious boot sock, jeans and snuggly scarf weather wonderland that is autumn in upstate NY. Embrace the pumpkin Mamatogians. Don't forget the apple though, fall's other fruit! Find some great spots to pick apples this weekend with the Mamatoga Fall Fun Guide, and mark those calendars for opening day at Ellms Family Farm on September 21st to get your pumpkins! Now get ready for some fall smoothie amazingness. TRADITIONAL PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
- 1 15 ounce can of Pumpkin Pie Filling
- 3 cups milk (more if needed) You can also use almond or flax milk
- 1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt (or more for added creaminess)
- a few pinches of cinnamon
- cinnamon stick for ganish
- whipped cream for topping, you can also add some crumbled up cinnamon graham crackers (or nutmeg if that is more up your alley)
Ahead of preparing the smoothies, make sure to freeze the pumpkin pie filling. Put it in a freezer safe container and pop it in the freezer for a few hours or until it is frozen solid. To make the smoothie, add the milk and yogurt to a blender. Drop in the frozen pumpkin pie filling and blend until the frozen filling is completely blended. Add more milk or yogurt as needed to get it the consistency you'd like. Top with your choice of toppings and enjoy! This recipe makes around 6-8 servings. If you'd like to make individual smoothies, you can pour the pumpkin filling into an ice cube tray and pop out little pumpkin cubes to use in a single smoothie.
HEALTHY PUMPKIN SPICE SMOOTHIE
Another option is to make your own pumpkin puree to use in the smoothie, check out directions for that here. It has less sugar and calories than the canned pumpkin pie filling. You can also use canned plain pumpkin vs making your own puree with this recipe. Want to make it a "green" smoothie? Add in some fresh spinach for a nutritional boost! This recipe makes two servings.
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana
- 3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup crushed ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, making sure the ice is completely crushed. Enjoy!
Looking for some other great smoothie ideas? Look no further! Click here for my top smoothie tips! The best part about making smoothies is that you get to tweak them according to your own taste. If you are trying out green smoothies for the first time, ease into it by just adding a little bit of the green stuff at a time, any extra green boost is good! xoxo