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Super Easy, Extra Tasty, Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Super Easy, Extra Tasty, Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

It's that time of year again! Apple picking, hayrides, leggings, corn mazes, comfy scarves, and of course, pumpkin flavored everything! 

I really believe that fall in the Northeast is one of nature's most excellent gifts. I hate to see summer go, but I sure do love to see the brilliant leaves changing color, as if the trees are all ablaze with the last warmth of the parting season. The way the leaves twist and swirl around in the air before they fall to the ground really creates a sense of wonder and enchantment that is hard to come by at any other time of year.  

I look forward to sharing lots of photos of the beauteous foliage with you as the season goes on. I rarely get through fall without at least one glorious leaf-peeping trip, so there will certainly be much to share. 

Until then, I have a little something that you might enjoy! As we all probably know by now, I really, really like smoothies. They're such a great pick-me-up at any time of day. In the summer, berries and tropical flavors are what it's all about. But in the fall it's those warm, spicy flavors that come out to play. 

Without further ado, I present to you:

Pumpkin Spice Smoothies

Featured in this recipe are warm cinnamon, bold nutmeg, and of course, some ever-flavorful pumpkin! When I had Josh taste test this recipe he said, with a grin, that "This is basically like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie", and it really is! Except without all of the added sugar and calories! Can you say SLAM-DUNK?! Anyway, moving on...The ingredients are quite simple. I just used what I had on hand, and I think it turned out absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS. 


-One Can Pure Pumpkin Puree

-2 to 2 1/2 Frozen Bananas 

-One Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

-One Teaspoon Maple Syrup (Optional)

- One Quarter Teaspoon Nutmeg

-Half Teaspoon Cinnamon

-Soy Whipped Cream, for Garnish



1. Add all ingredients (except whipped cream) to mixer, blend until smooth.

2. Pour into two large, chilled glasses.

3. Garnish with soy whipped cream.


Tip: Frozen bananas are something that I would recommend keeping in your freezer on a regular basis. If you ever find yourself in need of a quick smoothie or "ice cream", frozen bananas just can't be beat. They add a rich creamy texture to just about any cold treat. Just make sure to peel them before tossing them in a zip-lock baggy!

I hope you like these pumpkin spice smoothies as much as I did. Leave a comment and let me know what you think! 


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