Yes, I know it’s a bit early for a pumpkin smoothie. Here’s the thing. Remember how in my last post I mentioned Penzeys Spices? I’m really lucky because there are several locations near where I live. I love taking a drive to the spice shop and letting my nose lead me to different corners of the room. I was there over the weekend and one of the many spices that caught my eye was their pumpkin pie spice. I go through a ton of it in the fall and I knew I was running low so I gave theirs a whiff. Wow! So fragrant and much better than whatever brand I bought last year. I immediately grabbed a bottle to purchase.
This morning I looked in the refrigerator. I saw half an avocado and a container of coconut milk that I opened yesterday when I realized I had no milk for my coffee. These ingredients were just begging to be made into a smoothie and, frankly, I was dying to taste my new pumpkin pie spice. Summer, fall, whatever. Why wait? This is a really filling and satisfying smoothie. I won’t pretend it’s low calorie but it’s full of healthy fat and quality ingredients. And I was excited when I finally tasted the pie spice. I love summer but I think I’m ready for fall.
What are you looking forward to this fall? I get excited for apple picking every year. And the usual stuff- the leaves, the crisp air, the wonderful smells…. but mostly, I miss my boots! The fall wardrobe is definitely my favorite. Ah… boots. Yay.
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, or more to taste
- 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- Combine everything in a blender and puree until smooth.
- For a thinner smoothie, add additional almond milk.