Spiced Pumpkin Shake

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I am so excited for this month’s Recipe Redux theme, “Orange your glad it’s fall?”

Yes. Yes I am.

I get so excited with the change of the seasons, enjoying new flavors that I haven’t had for almost a year. Pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, and more. What do all of these wonderful vegetables have in common? They are loaded with the orange-pigmented¬†antioxidant, beta carotene.¬†Pumpkin is also loaded with vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folate.

The problem with most pumpkin-flavored items is that they tend to be loaded with fat and excess sugar. Pumpkin-pie, frapps, cheesecake, all take innocent pumpkin and turn it into junk food.

These pumpkin shakes still deliver on the benefits of pumpkin, without all the added frills. Perfect for breakfast, as a snack, dessert, its the perfect way to celebrate Fall.

Spiced Pumpkin Shake

1/2 cup pumpkin
1/2 frozen banana
2.5 tbsp. sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender, puree into smooth. Makes 1 large serving, 2 small shakes.

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  • http://eatingtheweek.com Kat @ Eating The Week

    This definitely sounds like a tasty, healthier way to have pumpkin pie for breakfast (which I will totally do on the day after Thanksgiving!)

  • http://loveandzest.com Kristina @ Love & Zest

    MMMM- I’ve always wanted to try a pumpkin shake.. can I come over?

  • http://thefoodery.wordpress.com Jennifer@The Foodery

    Awesome shake, gorgeous presentation!

  • http://www.teaspoonofspice.com Serena

    Every year i try to get the proportions of ingredients right for a pumpkin shake. This loo

  • http://www.foodconfidence.com Danielle Omar – Food Confidence RD

    This would be a great sub for pumpkin pie!

  • http://bittersweetblog.com Hannah

    Pumpkins are one of the best parts of fall! I’m so happy you posted this since I have an open can of pumpkin puree in the fridge, and few good ideas for it. This sounds simple and satisfying- Perfect!

  • http://www.foodpleasureandhealth.com Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health

    i have been trying to incorporate pumpkin puree in my smoothies with some rolled oats in the morning and it makes a great breakfast option. love your presentation!

  • http://dontwhitesugarcoatit.com Elizabeth

    mmmmm! pumpkin pie smoothies are my favorite!!

  • Katy @ Healthy Aperture

    Anytime I can drink my food and make it sound this delicious and pumpkiny….I’m all in! Fall flavors are the best! I wonder if I can freeze this to enjoy for a few months!


  • http://MealMakeoverMoms(intern) Annette

    Just had this for breakfast (I added some ice to the blender to make it thicker) and it’s SO delicious! I’ll definitely be eating a lot of pumpkin this year!

  • http://ashleysomnoms.blogspot.com/ Ashley @ The Fresh Beet

    YUM! I’ve never had a pumpkin smoothie – Thanks for the inspiration. They look delish :)

  • DK

    Yum! I bet adding ice to it would make it creamier, thanks for the suggestion Annette. Thanks for all your comments, glad you like it!