Friday, September 28, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I know many people like their smoothies for breakfast but, in the mornings, I'm a quick bowl of high fiber cereal kind of person. The afternoons, though, are my ideal time for this treat because it gives me natural energy and keeps me full till dinner. Oh, and it's completely delicious...and skinny as well!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Do you keep peeled bananas in your freezer? If you don't then go do that right now because they're great for thickening shakes and smoothies. I'm assuming you've fallen in love with Greek yogurt and have a supply in the fridge. My preference is for Fage Total 0 and they're not even paying me to say so (but I'd be happy to accept a bunch of money or even just some samples if they happen to be reading this!) Have you cleaned your local store out of canned pumpkin puree? Um, seriously, you need to go do that because there's lots more pumpkin deliciousness coming soon and you're going to want to make some of it.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
And if you need any more convincing, keep in mind that a 1/2 cup of the orange stuff is only 40 calories but provides 5 grams of fiber and 300% of your daily vitamin A needs. I'm thinking of adding it to my morning cereal! So now you're all set to make these lip smacking good smoothies. Oh, if you don't have pumpkin pie spice, just add more cinnamon and it'll be fine. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1/2 Cup Green style yogurt (I used fat free)
1/2 Cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 Cup milk (I used fat free)
1 Banana, frozen
1 Tablespoon simple syrup or other sweetener
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Dash of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until completely smooth. Garnish with an additional sprinkling of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick, if desired.

28 comments:

  1. I need to stock up on pumpkin puree, the looks delicious.

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  2. OK so. For some reason-this smoothie sounds reeeeeally good right now. And of course I have frozen bananas in my freezer-pshhh :)

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  3. I adore this! What a fabulous idea to celebrate Autumn =D

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  4. Oooooooh....this is perfect! I've been having a smoothie a day and looking for new ideas!

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  5. I DO keep bananas in the freezer, mostly because they are cheap, I can't use them all before it's too late, and Mr. Picky-eater loves them. I can't believe 1/2 a cup is only 40 calories. I really must try this soon!

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  6. Anita, I'm with you on breakfast, especially during the week. I've got some Pumpkin puree left over in the fridge so I'll have to make this. Pinned!

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  7. This recipe is one that I will be trying. I love pumpkin anything and this sounds good. I usually have left over pumpkin puree in the freezer, along with my frozen bananas :). Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

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  8. i have some leftover pumpkin that needs a home, can't wait to make this!

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  9. This sounds so good!! Will have to try this one bc I'm a smoothie kind of gal. My fave Greek yogurt is Fage 0% fat as well. Have a great weekend Anita!

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  10. Add rum and you have a smoothie cocktail.

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  11. Would this taste okay without the banana? I'm one of those weirdos who doesn't like bananas (I know, I know!).

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    1. Hi Rachel,

      In this particular smoothie, I don't taste the banana. It's there to add body and some sweetness. If you want to leave it out you will have a slightly thinner smoothie although the pumpkin does add body. You might try adding a couple of ice cubes to the blender and you may need a touch more simple syrup or other sweetener but it should still be fine. Let me know how it goes.

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  12. Now I can comment and let you know that I've been drooling over this since I saw it yesterday. Did you hear that? That's my stomach growling...

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  13. I love all things pumpkin and this looks great :-)

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  14. Dear Anita, I am new to your beautiful and delicious blog. Your posts are really nice.
    This smoothie is delicious.
    I hope you will give my blog a visit and we can be blogging foodie friends. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  15. This sounds really good! I am a fan of pumpkin and will have to give this a try!

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  16. I love Greek yogurt smoothies. I am definitely going to have to try this (right after I go freeze some bananas)! Yum.

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  17. OOhhh!! I think I know a 13 year old girl who would adore this!!!

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  18. Hi Anita. Pumpkin is in the air. I just made and posted a batch of pumpkin biscuits. This smoothie looks like it would go perfectly with a biscuit or two. Thank you for sharing your creativity with me! I've been baking all day, and I'm eager for sleep, but I'll now be dreaming sweet and delicious dreams thanks to you! I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

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  19. This looks delicious! I keep seeing these on Pinterest and I keep wondering if they are good. What a nice treat that is actually healthy!

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  21. Umm... your recipe looks dang good yourself! I am going to try yogurt in my smoothies next! :)

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  22. This looks really delicious! I'm still on the fence about Greek yogurt (it tends to be too bitter for me), but I think the pumpkin would mask the bitterness. I'm definitely going to give this a try!

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  23. OK ... I ran this through my MasterCook program for the calorie count. If I assume 4 servings, I get 72 calories. Still pretty low, but not 40. How did you calculate your calories??

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    1. Hi Joan, if you take a look at the paragraph in question you'll see that I am referencing the amount of calories in a half cup of unsweetened pumpkin puree, not the actual smoothie.

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  24. Looks good and I love smoothies - always looking for new ideas - thanks for sharing!

    Vitamix

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