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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Frozen Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

This is the first super healthy recipe I've posted in a long long time.

I know this isn't why you're here.  You're here for the butter, the sugar, and the chocolate.

(Or maybe this is why you're here, and in that case I'm sorry for ignoring your needs for so long.  Thanks for sticking it out and waiting.)

I'm not really into health food as a whole.  I'm in more of the camp "eat what I like in moderation and try my best to stay active".  That's what works for me.  But in no way am I against health food.

That's why when this smoothie came along, I swooned.  This healthy treat tastes anything but.  And therefore it's a healthy food option I can really get on board with.  This is a healthy food I can stand behind proudly.

One that tastes like a decadent treat instead.  Hey, I'm just being me.

Frozen pumpkin puree is mixed with nonfat vanilla greek yogurt, nonfat milk, some cinnamon, and a smidgen of pure vanilla extract in a blender.

Since the pumpkin is already frozen when you start there's no need for ice in this smoothie, which is great way to get even more flavor out of it.  If you want to be really healthy you can stop right there and have a low sugar, fat free treat.


But let's be honest, we all knew I wasn't going to stop right there.  

Did you honesty think I was going to stop right there?

Do you know me?

In my smoothie I added approx 2-3 tablespoons of sugar and sprinkled some graham cracker cookie and a little cinnamon on top.  

Totally optional, but also totally charming.  Basically it sealed the deal for me.

That's the nice thing about this smoothie.  It's completely customizable.  Like a thicker milkshake?  Add less milk or use a higher fat content version (1%, 2%, whole).  In the thinner smoothie fan club (me!) bump up the milk or use plain vanilla yogurt instead of greek.

Play around and see what works best for you.   

100% your call.

Whichever way you try it though, definitely do.  This kept me filled for quite a long time and I didn't feel deprived or like I had given something up by choosing it for breakfast, in fact I really really loved it.  And I think you will too.  

Some days you just need to make a smoothie for one.  Make that day today.  You earned it.  

Here's to hoping I stumble upon more healthy recipes I love just as much as this!

I'll be back with the butter and sugar again soon. ;)


Frozen Pumpkin Pie Smoothies 

Servings: 1
(Please note, the ingredient quantities on here are only approximations.  Each time I make this I taste as I go to make this smoothie just right for me, I highly suggest you do the same.)

-5 oz (around 1/2 cup) pumpkin puree that has been frozen for at least 24 hrs*
- 1 (5.3 oz) container nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/4-1/3 cup nonfat milk
- dash of cinnamon
-tiny tiny dash vanilla extract
- 2-3 Tbsp sugar
- crushed graham cracker for decoration

Take pumpkin out of freezer and break into small pieces (I did mine ping-pong ball size and it was perfect).  Put in blender with yogurt, cinnamon, and a very VERY small dash of pure vanilla extract. (Trust me here less is more with vanilla extract - it's strong stuff. Go easy on it.  You can always add more, you can't take it out.)  Pulse together until somewhat combined.  Start adding milk and continue until desired consistency has been reached.  (Same mantra - start small you can always add more, you can't take it out.)  Add in sugar if desired 1 Tbsp at a time, blending briefly, tasting after each addition until desired sweetness has been reached. (Same mantra - you'll thank me!)  Blend briefly again to make sure everything is smooth and pour into a glass of your choosing.  Top with some crushed graham crackers if desired for garnish.  Enjoy!

* This recipe works best if the pumpkin is super super cold and frozen very well.  The best way I have found to freeze pumpkin puree is to pre-measure it and then portion it in plastic air-tight ziplock bags, that way when I need it I can take it out of the freezer ready and don't have to worry if it's the right portion or not.

Recipe adapted from: The Pioneer Woman Cooks

1 comment:

  1. You need to snag a McVities sponsorship. Like George Washington Carver's 100 uses for peanuts...you could do 100 uses for biscuits.