I mostly make smoothies in the spring and summer, but after making this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, I may be making more of them in the autumn! The recipe is from Redwood Hill Farm®, an award-winning, Humane Certified, Grade A goat dairy farm and creamery. They make goat milk, artisan goat milk cheese, yogurt, and kefir, and you’ll find their products at Whole Foods Markets, natural food stores and specialty grocers nationwide. I received some coupons for free product from them recently, and had a chance to try their kefir and yogurt. I liked both items very much. The yogurt is thick and creamy and the kefir is a delicious creamy drink, similar in taste to yogurt but with a thinner consistency.
There are some recipes on the Redwood Hill Farm site, so I decided to try their Pumpkin Pie in the Sky Smoothie (I omitted the pumpkin seeds from their recipe because I didn’t have any on hand). I thought it was really good! It’s not a real thick smoothie, but it tastes great, flavored with pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple cider. The recipe calls for plain kefir, which I used, but you could substitute plain yogurt, and that would make it a little thicker. I’ve also included other ideas in the recipe on how to thicken it up if you want. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to try it out:
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE slightly adapted from Redwood Hill Farm®
Makes 1 (10-ounce) smoothie, 365 calories
- 1/2 cup Redwood Hill Farm® Plain Kefir (or substitute plain yogurt for a thicker smoothie)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider (I used cider)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling); (if you’d like a thicker smoothie, use 1/3 cup puree)
- 1/2 medium fresh or frozen banana or 2 pitted dates (I used 1/2 frozen banana; for a thicker smoothie, you could try using a whole frozen banana)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I omitted these)
- 2 Tablespoons sweetener of choice (I used pure maple syrup; honey would be good, too)
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I used 1 teaspoon)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup ice cubes (or use a little more, like 3/4 cup, for a thicker smoothie)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. I sprinkled some additional cinnamon on top. You could also add a couple of tablespoons of cinnamon granola mixed with some candied ginger.
Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors, and it works great in this smoothie! Do you have a favorite fall smoothie recipe of your own?