Hey Loves, I hope you’re enjoying the start of the season and getting excited about all things pumpkin and spice!
How was your weekend? Mine was spent doing some house cleaning (which I find kind of therapeutic sometimes believe it or not), going to a little Fall festival in Sandpoint, and then some shopping for my upcoming plans. I haven’t bought new clothes like this in a very long time so I had way too much fun trying it all on. I can hardly recognize myself because I can’t recall ever enjoying shopping like this. Clearly that’s changed because I must have tried on the entire store.
Something else I never used to like much were smoothies. Well it’s not that I didn’t like them, but I would never have chosen to drink a smoothie over a meal in most cases. I don’t know though, I tried a few smoothie variations over the summer when the weather was super hot and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s one of my current obsessions actually and I can’t get enough!
In honor of the Autumn season I wanted to try a very seasonal one to share with you today so I pulled out the spices and grabbed some pumpkin! This is an extremely simple recipe that takes all of 5 minutes to blend up. I used Greek yogurt in mine but you can easily make it completely dairy free and vegan. Oh, and following a popular trend I decided to try granola as a topping and was very surprised at how delicious it is, you must try it. Happy sipping guys!
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Smoothie (Vegan+GF)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/3 cup plain or vanilla coconut yogurt
- 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder *see note
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice **see note
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or preferred milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 - 2 cups ice cubes
- nut butter
- coconut yogurt or any non-dairy yogurt
Combine the pumpkin, yogurt, spices, milk, and vanilla in a blender and pulse until smooth. Add in the ice and blend until the smoothie is thick and creamy. (Start with about 1 cup of ice and go from there as it thickens until it's your desired consistency)
Pour into a tall glass and top with granola or anything else you'd like!
*I used Vega brand in my smoothie but any type of vanilla protein does well. **If you don't have pumpkin pie spice you can replace it with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon cloves