Am I the only weirdo who craves pumpkin pie all year round? I mean, there’s the obvious “pumpkin spice everything” period where everyone’s sprinkling pumpkin pie spice on their lattes, mixing it in with their cupcakes, and adding it to their oatmeal. But after Thanksgiving, poor pumpkin and it’s trusty sidekick pumpkin pie spice get no love. Except from people who have such an affinity for pumpkin, they name their blogs after it. Not to mention any names or anything.
Funny story about pumpkin pie (well, it’s funny now. Not so much in the moment): when I was pregnant with my second, I developed gestational diabetes, which is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and results in mama-to-be watching carb counts like a hawk. Which sucks unbelievably when you are pregnant around the holidays and everyone is eating cookies and candy, and for goodness sake…the PIE. The pumpkin pie! How in the world do you have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie?! It’s like summer without baseball, Easter without Peeps, Winesday Wednesday without wine (It’s a thing, people. You should try it). They just go hand in hand. But that Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie was off limits to me. “That’s okay. I’ll just nibble on these no carb celery sticks. No biggie.” I had hoped the hubs would be like, “If you can’t have it, I won’t either. Strength in numbers.” Oh no. Instead, he sat down right next to me with the biggest, most glorious looking piece of pumpkin pie, topped with a ridiculous amount of whipped cream, gobbled it down and said, “Sorry, babe”. The response he got from me was nothing short of the world’s scariest “You’re dead to me” eyes, because denying a pregnant woman pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving is just plain wrong.
Fast forward a few years to a husband who will never live down the Pumpkin Pie Incident of 2013. Now he’s learned that when I say, “I want to grow ALLLLL the pumpkins”, he should say, “Yes, dear, how many rows would you like” and get to work rototilling. This past year we grew several varieties of pumpkins, but one in particular won over my pumpkin loving heart: Winter Luxury. These rather small pumpkins produce the most amazing puree: brightly colored, not too watery, all around perfect puree. Now, I thought to myself, I can have pumpkin pie ANY time I want.
((CHECK BACK IN THE FALL FOR THE “HOW TO PUREE AND STORE” PUMPKIN POST))
There’s this minor thing though: seriously, who makes a pumpkin pie just because they want some for a snack? Enter the pumpkin pie smoothie!! I played around with the ingredients I normally use for smoothies until I got this one just how I like it. Like a pumpkin pie you can drink. And a LOT fewer calories, mind you. I use my frozen pumpkin puree for this, but you can use canned if you’re dying for to try it and pumpkins aren’t in season. If you’re reading this and it’s fall and pumpkins are ready, ask your local farmers which ones they grow for pies. Not all pumpkins are created equal, you know. Another ingredient that’s a must is PURE maple syrup. Sorry, but you can’t call it maple syrup if it didn’t drip out of a maple tree at one point. You just can’t. And while you’re add it, buy maple syrup locally. Yes, it’s more expensive, but a little bit goes a long way and oh MY does it taste so much better than the watered down stuff you get at the store. And as long as I’m talking “musts”, you seriously have to try the smoothie straws in the pic. Best. Purchase. Ever. If you have kids who mangle all your straws by chewing on them, try these! Even if they gnaw on it, you can actually cut that part off. In fact, if you don’t like the bend in the straw, you can cut that off too. Say WHAT?
Alright, I’ve held you in suspense long enough. Thanks for indulging me in my ode to pumpkin pie. Let’s get to that yummy goodness!
- one frozen banana
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 T. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 T. ground flaxseed
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or regular milk, if you prefer)
- 1 T. pumpkin pie spice (more or less, depending on taste preference)
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional but it add flavor and protein)
- ice cubes
Put all the ingredients in blender. Blend to desired consistently. Enjoy the wonderful goodness of pumpkin pie……whenever you want.
Please post a comment if you love this recipe!