Tis the week before Thanksgiving break and as a teacher, life is CRAZY. Everyone is ready for a break. I created this smoothie to give you a taste of Thanksgiving break days to come. I hope you enjoy!
½ cup of almond milk
⅓ cup of pumpkin puree
1 frozen banana
⅛ cup of raw pecans
½ tsp of cinnamon
¼ tsp of pumpkin pie spice
4 ice cubes
1 tablespoon of cacao nibs
1 tablespoon of raw hemp seeds
Optional - a dollop of maple syrup (it doesn’t need it, but I know some like it sweet)
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high!
To make ahead - Add the banana, pecans, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ice cubes, cacao nibs, hemp seeds to a bag and freeze the night before. In the morning, add the contents of your smoothie pack along with the almond mile and pumpkin puree to the blender, blend on high and enjoy!
At this time of year, I can’t get enough Pumpkin in my diet! I am always on the lookout for creative ways to incorporate this nutritious and delicious fall staple.
After doing some research on the benefits of pumpkin I was even more hooked than before! According to WebMD, eating pumpkin can slow digestion and help with weight loss, is rich in vision benefiting vitamin A, can help fight off colds and can boost immunity, and can contribute to younger looking skin when applied to your face… pumpkin face masks for the WIN!! Check out the article here!
Today I am going to share my latest pumpkin recipe, Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal! It will fill your home with amazing fall scents and is great for make-ahead breakfasts too!
I also decided to try Trader Joe’s new “Non dairy Oat beverage” with this recipe but you can use almond milk or any milk you prefer. I found that I barely needed to add any sweetener after using the oat milk, so I do recommend trying it. Be creative with your toppings, I was craving warmth on this cold day, so I went for a light drizzle of maple syrup, some freshly roasted pecans and some dried cherries! ENJOY!
Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal (makes 4 servings)
4 cups of oat milk ( or almond milk )
1 cup of steel cut oats
3/4 cup of pumpkin puree
1.5 tsp of pumpkin spice
½ tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla
1 TBSP maple syrup (or to taste)
Optional toppings - Roasted pecans, pepitas, dried cherries.
1. Add the milk to a saucepan and bring to a boil
2. Add the pumpkin puree and lightly whisk to incorporate
3. Add the steel cut oats, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup and whisk to incorporate all of the spices
4. Reduce to a simmer and set the timer for 25-30 minutes or until oats are tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Whisk every few minutes to avoid having the oats stick to the pan.
5. Top with toasted pecans, a dash of cinnamon, a light drizzle of maple syrup and dried cherries!
-To make ahead -
Once oats have cooled, evenly divide them into individual glass containers. Keep toppings in a separate container because you may have to add a splash of milk or water before re-heating in the microwave.
I know it’s strange to post an ice cold smoothie when it’s only 42 degrees outside, but there is something about a good smoothie, and this my friends, is a good smoothie! It’s creamy, naturally sweetened, is packed with protein, greens, and antioxidant abundant blueberries!! The great thing about this smoothie is you can make it ahead! By freezing all of the solid ingredients ahead of time, you can enjoy a satisfying smoothie any day of the week with half the prep time! I hope you enjoy!
Ingredients (makes enough for one smoothie)
½ cup of frozen wild blueberries (I used Trader Joes and I highly recommend them)
1 frozen banana
Handful of fresh or frozen kale or spinach
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of raw hemp seed
1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla yogurt
1 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
½ teaspoon of vanilla (optional)
--- Directions to make ahead ---
Add the wild blueberries, banana, kale, peanut butter, and raw hemp seeds to a freezer safe bag and place in the freezer until you are ready to make the smoothie. If you want to make enough for the entire week, repeat this step five times and place the ingredients inside five freezer safe bags.
When ready to enjoy, add the yogurt, almond milk and vanilla along with the contents of your smoothie pack to a high speed blender and blend until smooth! ENJOY!
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