My apologies for yet another pumpkin recipe in four weeks time. I’m utterly obsessed this time of year with all things Fall. I’m guessing it’s because I’m from Miami and I used to idealize changing seasons. A crisp 65 degrees was the closest we ever got to Fall. Citizens adorned themselves with sweaters, wearing them awkwardly as if in costume. “Harold, what the Hell is itching my neck?” “That’s wool Edith, real wool.”
I tend to gain about 2-3 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. This year, I presume, will be no different. It’s the time of year I am actually happy I have a few larger sizes in my closet to accommodate my expanding waistline. “Yoga pants, dust yourself off girls, you’re about to be showcased.”
If you would rather be healthy and disciplined than subscribe to wearing active wear, then this recipe is for you. Sweet, delectable and satisfying, yet lower in calories, this smoothie won’t leave you feeling deprived.
You might not think pumpkin puree would taste great in a smoothie, but it’s absolutely divine. I was skeptical myself, but add a banana, some spices, maple syrup and juice and – voila – a star is born. This beverage is a tad reminiscent of a creamsicle – yet the pumpkin pie essence is at the forefront of flavor.
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 small banana
- ½ cup of frozen mango chunks
- 1 lemon juiced, seeds removed
- ¾ cup apple juice
- 1 tsp of pumpkin spice
- 1 Tbsp of real maple syrup
- Place your liquids into your blender first, then add all other ingredients. Blend until smooth.