Having a hard time finding your favorite pumpkin beverage at the coffee shops? Try something cooler, made right at home in your very own blender. Sweet, spicy and satisfying, this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is made with the healthiest of ingredients: organic pumpkin, creamy almond milk, rich almond butter and pure vanilla. For an extra-thick, shake-like consistency, freeze pumpkin purée before you mix it in!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
½ (15 oz.) can or ½ cup mashed pumpkin*
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbsp. almond butter
¼ cup mashed carrots or sweet potato*
1-½ tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon (or more, to taste)
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ cup crushed ice cubes
Optional: 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.
* For thicker, shake-like consistency, freeze pumpkin and mashed carrots/sweet potatoes before blending.
Nutritional information, without the optional protein powder:
178 calories, 15 carbs, 10 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, 90 grams of sodium and 5 grams of sugar
With added protein:
288 calories, 15 carbs, 12 grams of fat, 25 grams of protein, 93 grams of sodium and 5 grams of sugar
“Mo’s Healthy Morsels” is written by Maura (“Mo”) Knowles, a certified health coach, recipe developer and owner of Mac-n-Mo’s, a vegan baked goods company created by Knowles to help her dad eat better (and still enjoy food!) after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2010. Knowles’ recipes for snacks, treats and other fun and healthy dishes appear every week here on the Vitacost blog, or visit Mo on Facebook or www.macnmos.com for more “morselicious” ideas and tips.