I never really got back ‘in’ to Pumpkin Spice it after the whole ‘milk-gate’ deal with Starbucks’ PSL. Pumpkin Spice everything popped up and I kind of shrugged at all of it [though, I did buy a pack of the Oreo’s when they first debuted]. That being said, I have always loved pumpkin, and religiously create several pumpkin-themed goodies when the season changes. This year is no different, but when I switched my protein powder over to Soylent 1.8 [more on that in a different post], I was in need of some added flavor and variety to the taste-neutral powder base.
Enter: Pumpkin. Not only is it delicious, but pumpkin is packed with so many vitamins, minerals and fiber! It is also a nice, lower-calorie, low-carb [I see you, Keto peeps!] addition to a smoothie that packs tons of flavor. I decided to freeze pureed pumpkin [canned, and make sure it’s plain pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling!] in a silicon cupcake tray overnight, and use it just like any other frozen fruit. I’m sure it would taste just as good un-frozen too, but I prefer the consistency you get this way. I played around with adding the signature spices along with a few other ingredients, and was rewarded with a new Autumn staple!
Below, I’m going to share my favorite blend with a few modifications. The best part of a smoothie is you can try something a little different every time!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
1.5 scoops Soylent 1.8 powder [or equivalent to your preferred serving of protein/nutritional powder]
4 oz. milk [I use unsweetened almond milk. You could always use water, but I do like the added smoothness]
4 oz. black coffee [If you aren’t feeling coffee, just replace with milk/water/etc. to create 8 oz. of added fluid. The heat of the coffee helps soften the frozen pumpkin a bit which makes blending go more smoothly.]
1 tsp Vanilla [you can skip this step if the powder you’re using is already flavored with vanilla]
2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice [I actually have been using All Spice because that’s all I have at the moment]
Stevia, to taste [or whatever your preferred sweetener choice is!]
Blend together until smooth. Enjoy!
I really want to add some peanut butter in the next batch. Let me know what your favorite pumpkin spice add-ins are!
Until next time! -L