Well I am just diving RIGHT on into Fall now, aren’t I? Too soon? Nah.. impossible.
Being that this is my favorite time of the year, the sooner we begin dashing pumpkin pie spices, crockpoting chili recipes, and binge-watching football games.. the longer it’ll last, right? I’m hell bent to make this be the best Fall season yet and fully embrace all of my favorite festive things. I don’t even care how #basic that sounds. Let me introduce you to my first Fall recipe of the season!
This smoothie takes the subtle creamy taste of pumpkin and kicks it up a notch with the sweetness of apples and the spices of the season. And by spices, I mean THE best combination of sweet spices, fondly known as Pumpkin Pie Spice. I wish I would have invented Pumpkin Pie Spice. It’s pure genius and so simple!
Did you know that pumpkin is technically a fruit? Did I just blow your mind? (Confession: I actually had to Google that to double check.) I remember learning as a kid that when in doubt, if it has seeds, it’s a fruit. There’s your fact of the day, you’re welcome!
Canned pumpkin has a lot of great benefits for you, including:
- High in fiber, but still relatively low in calories, making you feel fuller longer
- Contains beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body which is great for your skin, bones, vision and potentially preventing coronary heart disease
- Contains vitamin K which is rumored to prevent cancer
- Lastly, it brings deep joy and nostalgia from wonderful Thanksgiving memories :)My first can of pumpkin has been opened for the season! I might have heard a chorus of angels singing and felt a crisp fall breeze whip through my hair..
Only 7 ingredients go into this smoothie! The best thing is that most of these things I have on hand already.. no weird ingredients where you’re left with a crap ton of things you’ll never use. Bonus if you have banana’s in the freezer for this smoothie as that’ll make it even creamier.
Although I felt the proportions I used were just right for the perfect smoothie consistency, you could adjust these if you were looking for different macro’s (more about my macro journey here). Reducing some of the banana, apple sauce, or pumpkin would reduce your carbs while reducing your protein powder or greek yogurt would reduce your protein. My recipe is already low fat, however, if you wanted to have higher fat content, you could have a greek yogurt with fat or add nut butter.
I used Quest Vanilla Milkshake protein powder for this recipe (not sponsored, I just love their products), but any Vanilla flavor should do.
You really can’t add too much pumpkin pie spice, can you? Sidenote: You can also add a dash of this stuff to your morning cup of joe which is splendid. I wonder if there’s anything you could add it to that WOULDN’T taste good? Hmm.. that’s a challenge I’m willing to take on.
Add your milk last to get those ingredients moving around and blend until well mixed. Pour into a glass to be served immediately – ideally sitting out on a porch with a sweater and some Acoustic Coffeeshop vibes.
I am counting the days until Friday this week because it will make one week from my surgery and hopefully I am able to get back to my regularly scheduled eating/exercising! I am missing my Crossfit in the mornings BAD.
2 oz banana
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (Quest Vanilla Milkshake)
116 g plain 0% greek yogurt
1 snack size organic apple sauce with cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Put all ingredients into a blender and pour the almond milk in last. Blend ingredients until mixed well, pour and serve!
Tip: If you use a frozen banana it’ll be even creamier!
Macros: 37g P 50g C 2gF