Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Recently I made a pumpkin spice latte and it got me thinking about other drinks that I could make using this Fall flavor. The girls love smoothies, so it seemed like an obvious choice.

I combined some pumpkin purée with traditional pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon to form the base of the smoothie. Maple syrup and brown sugar provide the sweetness, and oatmeal helps to thicken the drink and provide texture. No bananas here.

If you're looking for a healthy alternative to gorging on slices of pumpkin pie, this smoothie fits the bill.  It has the same flavor but with fewer calories and more nutrition. If that's not your goal, you could always throw in a scoop of ice cream and make a milkshake...

Ingredients

Yields: 4 servings

1 (1.23 ounce) package maple and brown sugar oatmeal
1-1/2 cups vanilla soy milk, as needed (depending on how thick your like your smoothie)
3 cups ice cubes
2 teaspoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon extract
1/8 teaspoon anise extract
1 pinch nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
5 tablespoons pumpkin purée, as needed
1 ounce whey protein powder (optional)
5 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste


Directions

Combine the maple and brown sugar oatmeal and 1/2 cup of vanilla soy milk in a small bowl. Place in the microwave for 2 minutes.

Combine the oatmeal, pumpkin purée, whey protein powder (if used), ice cubes, maple syrup and all the spices in a blender. Blend all the ingredients for about 2 minutes.  While the mixture is blending, add the remaining vanilla soy milk. The consistency of the smoothie should be smooth and creamy.

You'll get about a yield of 3-3/4 cups. Pour into 4 glasses.

Finish with a cocktail drink umbrella for decoration if you like.

Enjoy!


Tips

You can find whey protein powder in health food stores like GNC, or many supermarkets like Whole Foods. I like using protein powder as a supplement for my husband, who's a vegetarian! Just make sure the protein source is clearly labeled.  You should get either whey or soy protein.  If the source is unclear, it is very likely that the protein is derived from remnant animal parts.

I use the Vitamix  blender. It's rather expensive but so worth it. I got it as a wedding gift, and it's really powerful. It crushes ice into sno-cones almost instantaneously. It's perfect for smoothies. Just make sure there is some amount of liquid so that the motor does not burn. Vitamix also carries an additional container just for dry ingredients.

I only mixed 4 spices that are Fall flavors. You can add any other typical Thanksgiving flavors that you like, such as allspice, mace or finely-powdered clove.

I use McCormick cinnamon and anise extracts. If you don't have any, you can use star anise seeds. Dry roast them and grind them finely in a mortar and pestle and do the same with cinnamon sticks.

I used a fine Microplane (spice grater) to grate the nutmeg.

For a vegan version, you can also use almond, potato or rice milk.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on October 26, 2009.


Comments

Discussion:
[-] Pumpkin smoothie - Guest-SimoneJunglefrog
What a beautiful and healthy looking smoothie!I keep wanting to do something with the pumpkin I have left although I have no idea how long it will keep... Probably not much longer!

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[ Posted at 2:12 AM on 10/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie - Guest-3hungrytummies
not a big fan of smoothie but this looks seriously delicious!!!!

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[ Posted at 5:19 AM on 10/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] or a shot of rum? - Guest-JoanNova
Or a shot of rum for a Thanksgiving cocktail for the adults...?

Joan Nova Website Link
[ Posted at 7:55 AM on 10/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] YUM - Guest-AngeliaMcGowan
This looks so good, I have a pumpkin in my kitchen I have been debating on all day of what to do with it. This looks like a great recipe!

Angie Website Link
[ Posted at 4:17 PM on 10/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] Yum! - Guest-AmandaFormaro
Oh Jackie that looks wonderful! I just posted about an apple cider milkshake, you should try it! :)

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[ Posted at 4:55 PM on 10/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] Woa - Guest-Kasey
Pumpkin smoothie?? I am so inspired by my can of pumpkin puree at home.What a fantastic, seasonal start to a morning. I'm definitely going to have to try this!

Kasey Website Link
[ Posted at 5:09 PM on 10/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] Julia @ Mélanger - Guest-JuliaMlanger
During the holidays, I think it's a great idea to have alternatives that are just that little better for you. This looks (and sounds) delicious, Jackie!
[ Posted at 9:07 PM on 10/27/09 | Reply ]
[-] Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie - Guest-beyond
great autumnal flavors... this looks really good! i will try this after my cleansing fast is over.

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[ Posted at 1:32 PM on 10/29/09 | Reply ]
[-] Whey Protein Powder! - Guest-cindy851
Thanks for that recipe! I was always wondering how I could drink protein powder other than in just milk or water. It gets quite boring drinking it in the same way all the time! Now, I got myself a healthy and quick breakfast recipe! Merci beaucoup! :)
Just one question: How do I get pumpkin puree ? :S

cindy Website Link
[ Posted at 3:33 AM on 4/1/11 | Reply ]

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