I love Fall! It's that beautiful time of year when the leaves begin to change color and gently fall to the ground, decorating our walkways and paths, the sun still shining through on a cloudy day, with a fresh hint of crisp in the air.
Fresh smells of apple, pear, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg everywhere... Yes, you could say Fall is my favorite season. And you'd be right!
Fall, also known as Pumpkin Spice Season, is one of my favorites because of all the fun and festive recipes. And this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is one of my seasonal favorites!
Rich and creamy, loaded with nutrients and the goodness of pumpkin too, if you love pumpkin you're going to LOVE this smoothie!
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 frozen banana (or fresh and use ice to thicken)
1/2 C pumpkin puree
1/2 - 1 C unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 C ice (if using fresh banana)
Place all ingredients in blender
Pulse on medium high for approximately 2-3 minutes, adding ice as needed to desired thickness (if using a standard blender vs. a ninja or vitamix you may need to stop and temper ingredients with a wooden spoon to ensure even blending)
Did you know you can freeze those overripe bananas to use later? When you start to see your bananas start to go a little too brown simply peel and place them in a large ziplock bag and put them in the freezer to use later! They work great for those “oops I am out of bananas!” moments and the versatility of having them on hand will come in quite handy for other recipes too (a clean eats soft serve anyone?)
If increasing the amount of frozen ingredients (berries and banana for example) then you will also need to increase the amount of almond milk (or add a bit of water) to your mix as this will better help you blend your smoothie to drinkable consistency.
Sip and Enjoy!
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