It’s true — I’m obsessed with pumpkins. I grow them in my front yard, I roast them, I make soup, desserts, bread, and of course I love a good pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. This year is no different — when fall comes, so comes the Great Pumpkin, and that’s just that.
Let’s get creative this year with the pumpkin concoctions we create on Thanksgiving and beyond. Last year, I shared the Sugar and Spice Smoothie right around this time, and this week at Smoothie Club at Fairmont, I did a similar mix. Everyone loved it, so even though it seems like a repeat, it’s not. This is truly a smoothie recipe to write home about, but I kinda feel like I’m cheating if I just leave you with this one alone — so there’s one more.
Here’s this month’s smoothie:
Pumpkin Pie Freeze
- ½ canned organic plain pumpkin
- ½ banana
- Handful organic walnuts
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 date
- Pinch of stevia
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Coconut water
Today’s big reveal is the Pumpkin Pie Latte. After all, it’s cold outside (and freezing here in the new Systems Support Center!), so why not go for something hot rather than something cold? The spices in the smoothie and the latte are considered “warming” to the body, but there’s nothing like a nice, steaming hot, creamy beverage to cozy up on the couch with on a Sunday morning. That’s what this recipe is all about — getting cozy and warm.
For those of you who don’t know, I also write for a blog of my own called Cultivated Wellbeing, and this recipe is borrowed from an eBook I wrote filled with tons of pumpkin treasures. You can find the book right there at the top of the home page. I’m sharing it today to keep the pumpkin tradition going on Passport to a Healthy Me!
Pumpkin Pie Latte
- 1 tbs plain pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 2 shots espresso + a dash of hot water (OR brew 8oz coffee)
- In an empty coffee mug, mix the first 6 ingredients
- Slowly stir in the warm coffee using either a fork or a handheld milk frother
- Enjoy warm