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Friday, January 10, 2014

Pumpkin Power Smoothie {12 Weeks of Winter Squash}

Pumpkin Power Smoothie |
So, it seems that 2014 is not about to slow down and give me any time to catch my breath. It's been less than a week and I already need to pick up my pace. So, while I said (okay, implied) that I was done copping out and using pumpkin in my 12 Weeks of Winter Squash posts...I'm doing it one last time.

But fortunately, this is a POWER smoothie. So, you know, now I have the energy to power through a few tasks that need doing. Case in point: I actually already have my dish for next week done. And there isn't a can of pumpkin anywhere in sight.

Of course, there are only two...TWO!...weeks left of our 12 week journey. But hey, every week counts. I'm hoping that I get my bootie in gear and bust into that Blue Hubbard that I mentioned weeks (months?) ago for our final week.

Oh, and yeah - I'm taking suggestions. I'm trying to figure out something to make with Blue Hubbard that is NOT soup or pie. Do you have a favorite way to make it?

Until then, power on!

Pumpkin Power Smoothies
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Pumpkin Power Smoothie |
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: blender beverage breakfast soy-free vegetarian American

Ingredients (2 smoothies)
  • 1-1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 frozen banana, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup (or honey, maple syrup, agave nectar)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Put everything into the jar of a blender and puree until smooth. Adjust sweetness to taste.

Garnish with a little extra chia, ground flax, oats, and/or toasted coconut, if you like.

Better late than never, right? See you back here in a few days...when I'm actually going to post my week 11 post ON TIME!

I'm happy to be co-hosting 12 Weeks of Winter Squash with my friend Joanne of Eats Well with Others, again this year. We'd love it if you'd cook/bake along with us over the next 12 (less than) 3 weeks. We will be sharing a new winter squash dish every Monday, but you can feel free to link up a squash dish that you've made anytime during the week, as the linky tool will be open through the end of the day on Sunday. Or, if you're a blogger, and would like to post along with us on Mondays, just let one of us know so that we can add you to the group!