There are plenty of pumpkin smoothie recipes to be found, most of them taste somewhere between a spoonful of plain pumpkin puree and plain pumpkin puree with twelve cups of sugar mixed in. Can I challenge you to give my version a whirl? With a good sweetness balance and a thick, creamy texture, this is the closest thing I have found to sucking up a slice of pumpkin pie.
Which, I will be the first to admit, is they way I wish to spend the remainder of fall.
- 2 cups almond milk
- 6 dates (medjool), without seeds
- 2 T. maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/4 cup pecan pieces
- 2 handfuls ice
- Blend until smooth
You can find dates in the produce or bulk section of most stores. Don’t buy the dried kind in the raisin aisle, they won’t blend up the same. You need to juicy, brown sugar-like sweetness of the fat guys.
You are also gonna need a super powered blender for this smoothie, like a Ninja, Vitamix or BlendTec. If you don’t have one, try it in your food processor. If you don’t have one of those, go to Target. The pecans and dates will need the power of a major blender to turn into itty bitty chunks (if you have a Ninja) or be pulverized into liquid (Vitamix).
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We are in serious recovery mode over here after a late in the day trip to the Jelly Belly Factory yesterday. The four of us ate so much sugar, that we couldn’t even drive home without stopping for some type of un-sweetened food to balance our bodies out. Chancing having the tired kids melting down was not much of an option, so we stopped at the first available “food” joint, McDonald’s.
After a couple of naps and some snacks for dinner, my parents came over to see the boys. With ice cream and cones in hand. There were more jelly beans, a taste of pumpkin fudge and a long night ahead.
Both boys woke up crying during the night. Dallas couldn’t get back to sleep for an hour. He had crazy demands he was screaming, like, “I want something to eat, then drink, then a story,then a song, with Daddy.” Jy would try to go to the kitchen, but couldn’t make it out of the room without Dallas screaming for him and flopping around like a fish out of water.
We are trying to slowly come out of our fog today. Having a kitchen full of Jelly Bellys and candy corn hasn’t helped us make a clean escape. I’m off to do some Sunday crafting and cooking, which is what people who are done with their online classes and volunteer positions do! Free time is the best thing I have ever discovered. If you don’t have some, you should totally get some, it is fabulous. Like Max.