pumpkin smoothie

$1.27 each

You do know that everything made between October 1st and 31st has to be pumpkin flavored, right?

Good, now that we’ve cleared that up…

I’ve been loving smoothies lately. They fill me up, kill my sweet tooth, and I can sneak in things like flax or spinach without my taste buds even noticing.

Well, the other day my taste buds actually *did* detect the ground flax seed in my fruit smoothie, but it almost tasted like graham crackers… which reminded me of graham cracker crusts… which reminded me of pies… which made me think of pumpkin pie. You following? Anyway, the ground flax really adds a pie element to the smoothie, so I wouldn’t suggest skipping it.

My local grocery store was out of that wonderful $1/can generic pumpkin puree, so the cost of this smoothie reflects pumpkin prices that are more like what the rest of you are seeing ($1.69 per 15 oz. can). You can get about four smoothies out of each can. Just transfer the left over puree to a resealable container and it will stay good in your fridge all week and be ready when you need it for more smoothies!

Oh yeah, one more thing. The banana has to be frozen. Frozen bananas are what give smoothies their wonderful ice cream/milk shake like texture. I usually peel and freeze 3 or 4 bananas at a time (each broken in half). Then, I use 1/2 to a whole banana per smoothie. The bananas will brown slowly in the freezer, so try to use them within a week or two.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Recipe makes a larger serving than what is pictured here.

pumpkin smoothie
 
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Total Cost: $1.27 each
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree $0.42
  • 1 medium banana (frozen) $0.22
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed $0.03
  • 1 Tbsp honey $0.12
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice $0.05
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon $0.02
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk $0.41
Instructions
  1. Add everything to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop to stir once or twice. If the smoothie is too thick, add a touch more soy milk or even a little water.

 

pumpkin smoothie

Step By Step Photos

ingredients in blenderPut all of the ingredients in the blender. That’s pumpkin puree, a frozen banana, honey, ground flax seed, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and soy milk. I like to pour in the soy milk last, it just makes everything easier.

pumpkin pureeSave the rest of the pumpkin puree in a resealable container. It will stay good in the fridge for about a week… and trust me, you *will* want to make another one.

soy milkPour the soy milk in last. I used vanilla flavored soy milk. If you have plain, you’ll want to add a little vanilla extract.

ready to blendNow it’s ready to blend. I bought this little single serve blender a few years ago and it’s been working nicely for me ever since. For about $15 (mine was $13), it’s worth not having to haul out the huge blender every time I want to make one serving. Plus, the blender part doubles as a cup.

blended pumpkin smoothieBlend it up good until it’s completely smooth. Then drink it immediately!

pumpkin smoothieIt’s thick, delicious, and so pumpkiny! October is the best month of the year. Hands down.

41 Comments

  1. Shayna says:

    Where does one get pumpkin pie spice? iv’e looked at bulk stores and grocery stores.. can’t find it anywhere!

  2. skye says:

    Loves it!

  3. Nicole says:

    I wanted to make this for dessert tonight but I am completely out of milk! If I substitute water will it be too thin??

    • Yeah, I think you really need the milk to make it nice and creamy. But hey, maybe I’m wrong! You never really know until you try…

  4. Ginny says:

    I love this, but I’m wondering what I could replace the flax seeds with. The last time I drank a smoothie containing flax seeds..we’ll just leave it at I don’t think my GI track is a fan. :\

  5. Anonymous says:

    This was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  6. Today I made this with an addition of about 1/2 c. of cottage cheese. Holy moly, was that a great idea! It made it unbelievably creamy and filling, and the cottage cheese adds extra protein to keep you full longer. It almost tasted like a pumpkin cheesecake!

  7. LeAmbre – I bet it would be good with sweet potato! After all, people make sweet potato pies just like they make pumpkin pies and they’re delicious!

  8. I am totally going to try this.. But i want to try Sweet Potatoe! Think that would be as tasty?

  9. Becky – It’s this one from Hamilton Beach… I’ve had it for about 3-4 years and love it! Very inexpensive but effective.

  10. So, what kind of blender is this? I am now intrigued…

  11. drinking one of these now…amazing!

  12. I’m obsessed with this. I’ve made it like 5 times this week, and I’ll be making more since I roasted an entire pumpkin and yielded 14 cups of puree. For $4.99. =]

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