Pumpkin Spice Smoothie {Recipe}

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie {Recipe}

So, me being the self-appointed Smoothie Queen and all, you didn’t really think I’d let you get through this season without a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe, did you? And I fully realize that this may well be one of my most controversial posts in the midst of mid-term elections, because literally every one of you is on either #TeamPumpkinSpice or #TeamHatePumpkinSpice. But, there you go.

The inspiration for my recipe came not from Starbuck’s (in)famous Pumpkin Spice latte, but from a recent shopping trip to Trader Joe’s. Apologies beforehand for those of you who aren’t fortunate enough to live within a 100-mile radius of a Trader Joe’s, because it really is all that awesome. And this time of year, TJ’s has pumpkin and pumpkin spice everything, but what really caught my eye was the Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage.

I thought, “I could totally make a smoothie with that,” so I did! Of course I did.

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I didn’t plan it out too much, but to be honest, I already had most of the ingredients on hand because my sister and I have been planning a Halloween baking day. At any rate, all of the ingredients are readily available and can be adjusted to taste. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby and can’t get the Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage, I’d recommend using an unsweetened almond milk and simply increasing the amounts of of the other ingredients.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Ingredients

1 c. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage

1 banana, frozen or fresh

1/4 c. organic pumpkin puree (not sweetened pumpkin pie filling!)

1 T. organic maple syrup

1 t. pumpkin pie spice ( a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice)

1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein powder (I use Juice Plus Complete — get it in my Wellness shop here)

1/2 c. ice cubes (if your banana is not frozen)

Add ingredients to your blender and mix it up!

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I normally don’t put added sugars into my smoothies, but I don’t think a small quantity of a high quality one is gonna hurt anyone. And I’ll let you in on a secret — I had some from my friend Kylee Baumle’s maple tree in Ohio. Yes, she and her husband tap their maple trees for syrup, and I was the lucky recipient when she came to visit this past spring! (BTW, Kylee is a very popular blogger — check out her blog Our Little Acre as well as her post about making the syrup.)

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Happy Pumpkin Spice everything! Except for Pumpkin Spice beer — some things are just not right.

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