So yes – I had some leftover canned pumpkin hanging out in my fridge. I came across canned pumpkin at the grocery store the other day. Since I don’t see it all that often, it is one of those products I just can’t resist, so I bought several. Probably the only canned vegetable, other than tomatoes, that I buy. There are so many options: pumpkin bread, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin cookies, oh! and pumpkin oatmeal (sounds perfect for a sunday morning). Needless to say I have a thing for pumpkin (and now I realize I’m a bit obsessed. Perhaps I should have called this blog post “An Ode to Pumpkin.”) Who can blame me… not many vegetables have such decadent tendencies.
The problem with most of pumpkin recipes is that they rarely use a whole can of pumpkin. Normally, just a cup or so, and so there are inevitably leftovers. And while it would not be all that hard for me to find ways to use it up given the list above, something new is always fun too.
Regardless, I had an urge to make my Maple Pumpkin Spice Bread (not a vegan recipe, but I’m working on it). It’s one of my kids favourites – almost like a ginger bread (although I don’t think I have ever had real ginger bread before, other than ginger bread cookies. But there is an actual thing called ginger bread. Hmmm… Well, since I haven’t ever tasted it I can only imagine that this pumpkin bread tastes just like real ginger bread – actually probably better because of the pumpkiny sweetness). Nuff said about the bread, on to the smoothie.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 large banana (fresh or frozen, if frozen you will need less ice)
- 3-5 ice cubs
- 2 Tbsp Skinny B (or just plain chia seeds will do, perhaps use a bit less if just using chia)
- 3-4 Tbsp rolled oats
- 1-1/2 cups almond milk, depends on how thick you like your smoothies
- 1/2 tsp of each cinnamon or ginger (or more to taste – honestly I don’t measure I just shake over top of my blender before I turn it on)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- liquid sweetener of your choice, up to 1 Tbsp of agave or maple syrup.
Throw everything into a blender and blend away. You will need to blend about 2 whole minutes otherwise the oatmeal does not break down and leaves the smoothie grainy.
I’ve also added a couple of kale leaves on occasion, which turn the smoothie an odd colour, but does not affect the flavour at all… just close your eyes .