Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I love pumpkin. And I love smoothies, so when I saw my friend Ana’s post Winter Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, I was in heaven.

I even had pumpkin, so I was all set! Right?

Wrong. I went to the store without reading the recipe and when I got back I realized I was without carrot juice and without green cabbage. And as it turned out, I didn’t need the pumpkin – fresh and organic from the local farm – as the recipe called for sweet potatoes.

Have I mentioned that I am on a 31 day sugar detox and can’t have sweet potatoes? And technically, I’m only supposed to have 1/2 cup of carrots at a time!

I also needed some protein, because I hadn’t had any at lunch. What’s a girl to do?

Create her own Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. I hope Ana can forgive me for bastardizing her recipe!

KJ’s Version of Ana Poirier’s Winter Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:

1 cup of pumpkin puree
1 cup water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbs vanilla rice protein powder
1 small wedge of red cabbage
1/2 avocado
Liquid Stevia (I put in 4 -5 drops and it was pretty darned sweet; so proceed with caution).
6 ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until smooth.

I’m not sure what color the original is supposed to be, but this was a beautiful berry color – thanks to the red cabbage, no doubt, which you really could not taste at all!

So, if you’re in the mood for a little pumpkin pie, check this out. It’s surprisingly delicious. Or check out Ana’s. Or better yet, check out both!

I know I certainly be whipping up a batch of these post-Christmas dinner!

Enjoy, and if you try it, let me know what you thought!

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