Meatless Monday - Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Monday, October 14, 2013

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Welcome to Meatless Monday! It's the one day of the week we ask you to go without meat. See how you feel for just one day without meat. Or even without any animal products. It's not that hard - I promise! Especially with the recipes my husband comes up with. But today is one that's all me!

Well, not technically. My sweet friend Tammy posted a recipe for a pumpkin pie smoothie, and I thought it sounded incredible. As you may or may not know, I make a smoothie almost every day, sometimes twice a day. It's almost always a green smoothie with lots of bananas, so the idea of adding pumpkin and spice to it intrigued me. So here's what I did.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie



Ingredients:
  • 3 bananas, medium
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, fresh or canned
  • 1/2 cup almond milk^
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice*
  • 8 ice cubes
Directions:

  1. Add the bananas, pumpkin, and almond milk to the blender. Blend until mixed well and smooth.
  2. Add the pumpkin pie spice and ice cubes. Blend until mixed well and smooth.
  3. Enjoy!
^ - If you don't half almond milk, water will work. I used coconut water and it was still delicious.
* - If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, use this mixture:
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Serves: 2 "normal" people. I drank both glasses. Hehe!

Feel free to add some protein powder (I use hemp) or some leafy greens to make this a green smoothie. It's customizable and totally up to you. On a side note, I think this would be delicious with sweet potato too. My fellow book blogger friend and smoothie drinker, Asheley, recommended sweet potato to me a while back, so I need to try it. Yum!

Next Monday I'll share a pumpkin oatmeal bar recipe my husband threw together for me. It's SO good! Then maybe I'll quit with the pumpkin for a while. But we love pumpkin! :o)

Eat (or drink) your fruits and veggies, kids.


3 comments:

melissa said...

Yum! How u deal with all the sugar in bananas ?

Michelle Kampmeier said...

Melissa,

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by your question, but fruit sugar is so good for your body. I focus on fruit for calories, so I consume a lot of it. My body feels great when I do though, so I guess I don't "deal" with the sugar. There's no weight gain, bloat, or illness caused by fruit sugar if that's what you mean. :o)

melissa said...

U answered my question it was if u gained weight due to the sugar in all the bananas I should of phrased better..my bad. Thanks for the response it was helpful

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