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Better than a Pumpkin Pie Latte

pumpkin smoothie recipeWhat’s better than a pumpkin pie latté? A pumpkin pie power smoothie! Why? Because…

1. Though the caffeine of a latté will give you energy initially, many feel the post-caffeinated crash a couple of hours later. This smoothie–with its blood sugar-balancing protein and cinnamon–will sustain your energy much longer.

2. Most pumpkin pie lattés are really a dessert, with up to 12 tsp of sugar (for you Starbucks PSL fans, you might want to limit your indulgences). This smoothie contains vitamin A-rich real pumpkin purée, antioxidant superfood kale, and micronutrient power-packed blackstrap molasses.

*chart from this article

3. Choosing the smoothie over the latté may actually save you money! Flavoured lattés purchased at a café will cost you $4-5–maybe more if you ask for it with soy or almond milk. Make this smoothie at home and you will be able to spend your extra money on your Halloween costume or–should I say it?!–save up for Christmas spending.

Recipe

 

Pumpkin Pie Power Smoothie
Serves 1
Modified from several recipes, this is my own version of a healthy pumpkin pie smoothie, perfect for the Halloween and Thanksgiving season, or anytime you so desire.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (I used BPA-free canned Farmer's Market Foods Organic Pumpkin puree)
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. 1 large kale leaf (optional, but I like to add kale to most of my smoothies)
  4. 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (to taste)
  5. dash of cinnamon (though cinnamon is one of the spices in pumpkin pie spice, I like my shake extra cinnamon-y)
  6. 6-8 ounces water or leftover chai tea
  7. 4 ice cubes (optional; depends on if you like the shake to be thicker)
  8. 1 tsp blackstrap molasses (you might find this is sweet enough without the molasses)
Instructions
  1. Blend
  2. Enjoy!
  3. So simple
Notes
  1. You could use a milk alternative like almond or coconut milk instead of water, if you like.
  2. If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, all spice, and cloves. Here's a recipe I found: http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-pie-spice-recipe/
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