Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

photo(13)         Yes, ANOTHER smoothie idea.  And in celebrating the first day of October….a pumpkin pie smoothie!

Having spent some time at a farm picking apples on Sunday, a fresh pumpkin was awaiting the steamer.  Then yesterday a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Smoothie was handed to me.  In reading it I thought “welllll, I just needed to change some things”.

I am going to give you the original, then my version.  Try either one and enjoy the taste of fall.  Your body will benefit from the nutrition in this super food.

ORIGINAL

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling. With either recipe, please, try to leave the can on the shelf and steam a pumpkin.)
1    cup milk or dairy substitute (eg almond milk)
1/2 banana (keep some peeled, halved bananas in the freezer to chill smoothies)
2     ice cubes
Honey to taste (1 tsp, add slowly – you always add more)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Blend all ingredients and top with whipped cream at your discretion.

MY VERSION

1/2   cup fresh pumpkin puree
250  ml water
1 1/2 scoops NUTRIMEAL FREE1 1/2 scoops VANILLA NUTRIMEAL
4 ice cubes
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Mix all in blender.  Enjoy.

Changes to my change:

*add more water as this was rather thick
*increase cinnamon and nutmeg to 1/2 tsp for more flavor

Finally, now that you have the pumpkin steamed and ready for another recipe, measure out 1/2 cup servings and wrap in plastic to be frozen and easily ready to go why not try Spicy Pumpkin Hummus!

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