The season of pumpkin spice everything is upon us, and I am so excited. Sometimes our favorite coffee joints, restaurants, bakeries and recipes go overboard on adding sugar and not-so-healthy ingredients into their pumpkin concoctions. I am here to give you all of that pumpkin-y, flavorful deliciousness you crave, but in a diet-friendly manner. What more could you ask for?
With the perfect ingredients of pumpkin puree, mixed with the sweetness of banana and maple syrup, combined with the creaminess of Greek yogurt, milk and vanilla, and topped with the decadent flavor of pumpkin pie spice, this Pumpkin Smoothie is sure to leave you in complete pumpkin bliss. The best part about this creamy treat? It can be made in mere minutes, which makes it absolutely perfect for those days when you need a pick-me-up on your way out the door!
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- ½ banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
- ½ cup nonfat milk
- ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract OR maple extract
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
And that’s it! It’s easily adjusted to fit any special dietary needs. For those sensitive to dairy, just replace the milk and yogurt with plant-based milk and yogurt. For those on a sugar free diet, just replace the maple syrup with stevia or any of your favorite sugar free options.