Creamy Pumpkin Smoothie

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Another day, another smoothie. I can’t help myself. I’ve made this pumpkin smoothie several times and it’s delicious. Creamy, healthy, filling, and well, pumpkin-y.

The other day my husband politely inquired if all baked goods from here until spring would be pumpkin flavored. Not entirely fair since I made this AMAZING apple cinnamon oatmeal bread the other day (I subbed Cup 4 Cup flour for the gluten kind), but understandable since pumpkin is my favorite, not his. Luckily the kids are on my side.

You can make this smoothie in a high powered blender or a Cuisinart. I adapted this from a Whole Foods recipe, but mostly this came straight out of my pumpkin flavored brain.

Creamy Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cold water or milk
  • 1/2 heaping cup yogurt (full fat will make a thicker shake, fyi)
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree (more puree = thicker + more pumpkin flavor)
  • 1 ripe banana (frozen or not)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, or a dash of nutmeg
  • a glug of maple syrup or honey, if you like things sweeter (I’ve enjoyed it both ways)
  • a handful of ice IF you have a high powered blender (please don’t put ice in your Cuisinart, at least it never worked for me)
Some of the players.

Some of the players.

Directions:

Dump everything in, and whirl away! Taste test and adjust seasonings/sweetenings until you’re satisfied, and then enjoy. Whipped topping optional. Can you imagine it, though? YUM.

IMG_4318 (1)* Update on the popularity of Smoothies in my home, the green kind in particular…

Green Smoothie POPS!

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I froze some extra smoothie I made from a delightful blending of kale (yes, I said kale! for a children’s ice pop!), yogurt, pineapple, banana, and honey. Recipe coming soon.

Below is one satisfied customer. Bunky ate TWO for breakfast the other day and then asked for more after school.

I call this, "smoothie face."

I call this, “smoothie face.”

What are your favorite kinds of smoothies? I’m always on the look out for MORE.

 

Tropical Smoothie + Yogurt Pops

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I’m really into multi-tasking. Actually, I’m not, but when it works, it really works. Like this recipe for an awesome smoothie AND a batch of yogurt pops. This time I have measurements and everything. I know, crazy.

Yogurt pops and enough left over for my smoothie.

Random bit of info, but did you know that 1 cup of Fage Total greek yogurt has 23 grams of protein? I love knowing stuff like that. Makes me feel even better about letting Bunky eat a yogurt pop for breakfast every day. And then another after school for a snack!

And the smoothie is for ME, by the way.

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Got to take care of myself, as you know. Nourish the mom. Full disclosure I do share sips with Little Guy, but his attention span is pretty short, fortunately.

Tropical Smoothie + Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of mixed tropical fruit (minus the papaya because of my picky kid)
Check out this bag of mixed tropical fruit. Makes this smoothie easy peasy.

Check out this bag of tropical fruit. Makes this smoothie easy peasy.

  • 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries thawed
  • 1 banana
  • a splash or two of milk (dairy or dairy free, your choice)
  • honey to taste

I sure took a lot of pictures.

Directions:

You’re making the yogurt pops first.

1. Toss all ingredients into your food processor or blender. (Make sure the fruit isn’t frozen solid. If it’s hard as a rock, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds, give or take.) Whirl it all up. Add honey to taste.

This will make 2 cups of a rather thick smoothie/pop base. If you add more milk, it will easily make 6 pops. Mine made only 4 because it was super thick. (Next time I’d add more milk so I could get 6. My kid eats them every morning for breakfast, and sometimes my husband sneaks them, so I have to keep up with demand.)

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*Ingredient add-ins for part 2, The Smoothie:

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax, if desired

2. At this point, you should have about 1/2 cup of smoothie/pop base left. To make the smoothie part, add 1/4 cup of orange juice. Whirl and pour into a glass. Mine made about 12 ounces according to my Ball jar. Add flax if you want to kick it up a healthy notch. Note that this will add a slightly gritty texture. It’s still good, just saying.

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You may be wondering how I took so many pictures. I sure was. Until I saw this one and remembered it was a weekend. Check out these two hanging out in a box. My Bunky, her nose in a book. Be still my heart.

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I’m happy to have shared this post at the Gluten-Free Friday’s link up party hosted by Vegetarian Mamma. Click the link to find more great GF recipes!

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It’s also posted on One Creative Weekend, hosted by One Creative Mommyand Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. * Please note, that the recipes on these link-ups will NOT all be gluten free, so be sure to read carefully.

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