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It’s October, so you know what that means:
[whole foods] WHITE GIRL: excus me do u hav pumpkin
EMPLOYEE: (hands her a pumpkin) here
WHITE GIRL: no no no. PUMPKIN. its a type of spice
— jomny sun (@jonnysun) September 9, 2014
I’m not going to lie, I am one of the people who dubiously-natural “pumpkin spice” flavors were made for. I have to avoid caffeine like some kind of plague made of broken glass and battery acid, though, and I’m supposed to avoid eating too much vitamin A, so options for gorging myself on gourd-based deliciousness are limited. Which kind of sucks, really, since I’m also supposed to be eating to put on more weight. Helas.
Fortunately, I have concocted a recipe for a pretty good pumpkin spice smoothie. The ingredients, like most smoothies, are very forgiving– anything you might be allergic to can easily be subbed out for something else. They are as follows:
- One container or just shy of 3/4 of a cup of yogurt. I use Chobani pumpkin spice yogurt when I can get my hands on it, which is about 5.3 oz a single-serving container, but plain or vanilla works just as well.
- Unsweetened coconut milk. Any type of milk will work here, just add enough to yield the consistency you desire. Just remember that it’s far easier to have to go back and add more than the other way around.
- Coconut water. I use Coco Libre. This is mostly in the smoothie for the potassium. If you don’t require extra potassium in your diet, feel free to leave it out. As with the coconut milk, add as much or as little as you like to obtain the desired consistency.
- 2 T of canned pumpkin. Pumpkin also has a decent amount of potassium, but is loaded with vitamin A.
- 1/4 of an avocado. Another abundant source of potassium and healthful fats, it’ll help give the smoothie a thicker, creamier consistency.
- 1 T of hempseed powder. I love hempseed powder. It has potassium, protein, and polyunsaturated fats– all things my diet needs more of. It can give smoothies a bit of a gritty texture, however, so I generally don’t add more than a tablespoon or so at a time.
- A pinch of ginger. In addition to adding flavor, ginger is good for settling stomachs.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, or prepared pumpkin spice blend to taste.
- A pinch or two of stevia, some agave nectar, or some honey to sweeten. Definitely optional. I find that a single tiny scoop of Now FOODS stevia makes it just right for me, but the smoothie is perfectly drinkable without any additional sweetness.
Add the ingredients to a blender, mix, and drink. All of the amounts are flexible, so feel free to experiment and come up with whatever yields the best results for you.