Recipe-of-the-Week: 10/10/2012: Pumpkin Smoothie

FALL in love with this delicious Pumpkin Smoothie….thank you Pioneer Woman for this Autumn delight!!!

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Leesten. And heer me. You must make these tonight, tomorrow, and next week. As simple and throw-together as they are, I promise they’ll be one of the most delectable things you’ve ever put in your mouth.

They’re pumpkin smoothies. And they’ll rock your world.

I had my doubts myself before I ever made a pumpkin smoothie for the first time. I imagined a watery, semi-creamy concoction that would likely taste like three-week old pumpkin pie juice. (Huh? Gross.) Instead, it turned out to be one of the creamiest, most delicious treats I’d ever tasted—almost like a pumpkin milkshake, but not nearly as sinful.

Using pumpkin pie filling, frozen solid before blending, gives the smoothie a lovely built-in sweetness and flavor, and the vanilla yogurt takes the flavor over the top. If you’d like to have a little more control over the sugar in your smoothie, though, you can sub pumpkin puree (make your own; it’s a cinch!) and plain yogurt, then add in whatever sweetener (sugar, honey, agave nectar, orange juice, etc) you’d like.

But boy, oh boy. Try it this way first.

You’ve gotta trust me on this one.

Ingredients

The Cast of Characters: Pumpkin pie filling, vanilla flavored yogurt, whole milk, cinnamon, and cinnamon graham crackers. (You can see here that I’ve already frozen the pumpkin pie filling in a container. That’s the first step!)

Start by throwing the graham crackers into a plastic bag, then crush them by banging them with something. In my case, the cinnamon was the closest thing to me. Then add milk to a blender. Then add the vanilla yogurt. Grab the frozen pumpkin pie filling…And drop it in. Then add a few dashes of cinnamon. Turn on the blender and blend it until the frozen pie filling is totally broken up.

 

They’re nice and cold now, so serve it up immediately. I love these little dang stemless wine glasses. I use ‘em for everything. Sprinkle quite a few graham cracker crumbs on the top of each glass.

Fresh Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 Ounce) Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • 3 cups Whole Milk (more If Needed)
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt (up To 1 Cup)
  • A Few Dashes Of Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Graham Crackers, Crushed

Preparation Instructions

Well ahead of time, place pumpkin pie filling into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for a few hours or until frozen solid.

To make the smoothie, add milk, and yogurt to a blender. Drop in the frozen pumpkin pie filling and blend until the frozen filling is completely pulverized. Add more milk or yogurt as needed to get it the consistency you’d like.

Pour into individual glasses and sprinkle the tops with graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately!

*Note: Make a lower-calorie smoothie by using unsweetened/unflavored pumpkin puree, nonfat plain yogurt, and the sweetener of your choice.

*Can also sprinkle with cinnamon and/or nutmeg instead of graham cracker crumbs.