In the fall, there’s rarely a time when there isn’t an open can of pumpkin puree hanging out in our fridge. I figure during September, October, and November anything and everything pumpkin is fair game – and let’s face it – we all kind of love it.
Last week I shared our current favorite pancake recipe for Banana Pumpkin Oat Pancakes that you can find here. And as far as I’m concerned, there are still a solid 5 weeks of pumpkin season, so I may not be done yet!
So, this recipe – Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie – it seriously tastes like liquid pumpkin pie! The taste of the kale is undetectable, although if green smoothies are new for your little one(s) and family, spinach is more mild and might be a better place to start. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I put chia and hemp seeds on and in almost everything. Naturally, this smoothie is no exception! If these superfoods are also new to you, putting them into smoothies is a great jumping off point as their texture is completely unnoticeable.
A couple of notes about this smoothie recipe: it tastes best with chilled pumpkin puree, so if you know you are going to make this, put a can in the fridge for a few hours beforehand (nobody likes a warmish smoothie!) Also, the sweetness of this smoothie will depend a lot on how ripe your frozen bananas are. I found that one tablespoon of maple syrup made our smoothie slightly sweet, which is what I prefer. Mr. Mama Makes Food (Daddy Makes Food?! 😉 ) would have liked his to be a little sweeter, so be sure to taste your smoothie after adding one tablespoon of syrup and adjust to your liking.
If you have leftovers, they keep in the fridge for a few hours, although the banana will shorten the “shelf life”. If I make a smoothie for breakfast and have extra, I try to use it up for our afternoon snack. You can also freeze the leftovers into a freezer pop mold (we use this one – the pops are tiny, which makes them perfect for toddlers).
Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie
All the classic pumpkin pie flavor in green smoothie form, with undetectable super food boosts from chia & hemp seeds!
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– 1 1/2 c. milk of choice (we used almond)
– 1 1/2 frozen bananas
– 6 to 8 ice cubes (a big handful)
– 1 c. pumpkin puree, chilled (see note above)
– 1 tbs. pure maple syrup (or to taste)
– 1 tsp. vanila
– 1/2 c. pecans
– 1 tbs. chia seeds
– 1 tbs. hemp seeds
– 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
– pinch sea salt
– 1 packed cup of greens (we used kale, but spinach or chard would work too)
1. Add all ingredients to a high speed or sturdy blender (a Vitamix, Blendtec or similar type of blender works best to get the hemp seeds and kale super smooth).
2. Blend from low to high speed until smooth and creamy.
Happy Food Making, Mamas!
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