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I love the beautiful rich colors of fall.  There’s nothing prettier than an orange stack of pumpkins among the beautiful varied colors of falling leaves.  Last weekend we visited St. Augustine and during our visit we just happened to ride by a church that was selling pumpkins.  The lawn was covered in pumpkins in all the shapes and sizes and colors that you can imagine.

Not those kinds of pumpkins!  Though I do love seeing a bag of these yummy Brach’s Mellowcream Pumpkins.  I usually eat enough to make me not want anymore until the next fall crop!

This is the pumpkins I was talking about…

So what could I make with pumpkin that didn’t involve a pie…hummmm…  I wonder how a pumpkin smoothie would taste?

I thought to myself  ‘let’s give it a whirl and if it’s yukky then I don’t have to ever tell anyone that I tried to make a pumpkin smoothie and it was an epic fail.’

Here’s what went into the trusty old Vitamix:

1 Banana Peeled

2/3 cup Greek Yogurt – unsweetened, unflavored

1 Cup ice

1/2 Cup Soy Milk

1 Tablespoons Protein Powder

1/2 Can Pumpkin

2 Tablespoons Honey (from local bees)

2 Tablespoons Unsulphured Molasses

Dash Nutmeg

Dash Allspice

Dash Cloves

Big Dash Cinnamon

Splash of Vanilla Flavouring

I whirled all the ingredients around in the Vitamix until the ice was well blended.

I have to admit when I poured this mix into my glass it was a pale orange – almost tan color.  But the taste more than makes up for the appearance.  This smoothie is like pumpkin pie in a glass.  WOW!  It is really yummy.  I let the hubby taste it and he declared it to be delicious and then I proceeded to drink it all myself!


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I love a good smoothie.  Smoothies are so quick and convenient.  OK, yes, I admit it.  I work from home about half the time.  But when I am home I sometimes work harder than I do when I am traveling the country (and a couple of other countries as well).  I don’t want to take the time to stand in the kitchen and cook myself something for breakfast or lunch so my ‘go to solution’ is a smoothie.

I have made smoothies for my friends, my children, and my spouse and people are always saying ‘wow, its so good, what did you put in there?’  I run down a list of ingredients including the phrases ‘whatever fruit you have on hand’ and ‘whatever liquid you would like’ and my audience starts to get that glazed look in their eyes.  So here’s one of my best all time favourite smoothie recipes and I will add some alternate ingredient ideas as well.

The first thing you need is a Vita Mix or a really good blender.  My vita mix is over 30 years old and it still sees daily use.  The only thing showing wear is some cracks in the rubber gasket inside the plastic lid where the lid sits on the metal container.  I’ve seen these gaskets for sale on the internet but I haven’t remembered to order one…  If you don’t have a Vita Mix or a blender that can handle the ice cubes you might want to substitute crushed ice in the recipe.

Peach Smoothie – list of ingredients –

1 Banana starting to get brown spots – nice and ripe

2/3 cup Greek Yogurt – unsweetened, unflavored

1 Splenda packet or other sweetener

1 Large ripe peach – my peach was really big

1 Cup ice

1/2 Cup liquid – I used soy milk this time

1 – 2 Tablespoons protein powder – optional (my daughter the nurse says I don’t get enough protein)

Cinnamon or other spice – optional

Put it all in the blender or Vita Mix.  I put in the banana (peeled of course), slice the peach and put in next – catching all the wonderful juice, then add the ice, yogurt and the rest of the ingredients and then I sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.  Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and ENJOY!!

My base for a Smoothie recipe  Always includes the following

1 Banana

2/3 Cup Greek Yogurt (you use any yogurt you like, flavored, sweetened, regular, Greek… I like Greek because it’s thick)

1 -2 Tablespoons protein powder

1 Cup ice

I use a peach, strawberries, blueberries, an Apple (cored and stem removed), plums, spinach, beets, whatever you have on hand.  My smoothie depends on what fruit is in season so when I go to the market I get the freshest cheapest fruits available.

I add whatever juice or liquid seems to ‘go with’ my fruit of choice.  I have frequently used carrot juice in a smoothie with strawberries and blueberries, I use cranberry juice, soy milk, etc.

For my spice I also use what would complement my fruit.  I like cinnamon and vanilla for apples or peaches and with strawberries or blueberries I may not add any spices.

My daughter uses peanut butter in her smoothies but to me the peanut butter taste overpowers everything else.

Use your imagination, experiment and let me know when you create something delicious so I can try it too!

Drink UP!  A smoothie like this one keeps me full for hours!

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