I spent most of today in the kitchen making some delicious treats for an upcoming United Way bake sale at work, but instead of sharing those recipes with you (don’t worry – they’re coming!), I want to get this smoothie recipe in print for everyone to
drool over try.
In just a few hours, many of us will be scrambling around the house, frantically packing lunches (our own and/or for the wee ones) while simultaneously doing our hair and make-up, feeding the family pet (didn’t the roommate/kids swear they’d take care of it?!), and eating breakfast. Humph…I’m exhausted just typing that!
Even if you’re not in that much of a rush in the mornings, having an arsenal of one-handed breakfasts is a huge time-saver. (Does anyone else do the one-handed typing sprint?!) They’re also great to drink while driving. Remember: Smoothie drinking is the only approved driving companion beverage 😉 Well, that and water. And tea. And coffee – but only with a very tight-fitting lid! (Caution! Contents are likely to spill on white shirt/pants!)
1 c non-dairy milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/2 c pumpkin puree (I use canned, but other, roasted squash will work)
1 frozen banana, chucked (peel and chunk before freezing)
1/4 oats OR 2 TBSP flax meal (I use golden) OR 1 scoop protein powder & 1 TBSP chia seeds
1 TBSP cinnamon (use less if you aren’t into the spicy kick)
1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Add everything to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
This produces a very thick smoothie. If you’d prefer it a little thinner, add an addition 1/2 c non-dairy milk, or reduce pumpkin to 1/4 c (but that will also reduce the pumpkin flavor).
I think the banana provides enough sweetener, but if you like you’re in the mood for a little more sweetness, add your favorite sweetener. (I like maple syrup or stevia.)
With all the left-over pumpkin I have in the fridge from my muffin making this afternoon, I know what I’ll be having tomorrow morning. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. And…
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