Pumpkin Pick-Me-Up

Pumpkin season is slowly coming to an end, to be replaced with peppermint, gingerbread and other equally delicious ingredients. If you’re like us, however, you still have a ton of pumpkin puree in your pantry, just begging to be used before autumn is officially over. We created this pumpkin smoothie the morning after Thanksgiving, trying to free us of our food coma. The smoothie is just a touch sweet from natural sweeteners, packed with Vitamin A from the pumpkin, and is very refreshing. You probably already have all the ingredients you need and it makes for a super fast breakfast. The pumpkin pie smoothie is also suitable for both vegan and nonvegan diets, and you can add protein powder to really make this a pumpkin powerhouse!

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Click the Continue Reading button to get the recipe for this delectable drink!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk or milk alternative (soy, almond, coconut)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, agave, or honey if not vegan
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

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Combine ingredients in a blender. I typically throw in the banana first, followed by the ice, pumpkin, milk and spices/sweeteners.

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Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth & drink up!

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