Pumpkin by another name is still…

…a vegetable!!! Yes!  Yes it is! It’s a squash.  A real, vegetable. I realized that recently when I saw a Pinterest pin for a pumpkin pie smoothie.  If your child is like mine and absolutely abhors vegetables and you have to sneak them into his food in any way possible, then you’ll understand why this was such a “Eureka!” moment for me.  A pumpkin pie smoothie? Surely you jest! So I started googling “pumpkin pie smoothie” and there are all sorts of recipes out there.

Now, if you’re like me, then you think recipes for smoothies are ridiculous.  Seriously, when is the last time you actually measured anything going into your smoothie? I don’t think I ever have.  I just throw crap in until it reaches a proper level, then make sure there is enough liquid and then turn on the blender.  So this is not a “recipe” for a pumpkin pie smoothie, it’s merely an idea for a smoothie; a combination of ingredients that you can throw together in whatever quantities you prefer.

But let’s talk about pumpkin for a second.  First, for this recipe I use canned pumpkin.  Processing your own pumpkin, for lack of a better word, is a bitch.  And seriously, why oh why would you?  It tastes exactly the same as the stuff you get in the can on the baking aisle.  I splurged and bought the $2.00 can of organic pumpkin instead of the $.98 can of the regular stuff.  I know, big spender! But whether it’s canned or homemade, pumpkin can probably be considered a superfood.  Just 1/2 cup of this stuff contains 380% of your daily value of Vitamin A.  Also, it puts a nice dent in your daily needs for iron and fiber.  I read somewhere that in children who don’t eat vegetables one of the greatest nutritional deficits is Vitamin A.  I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but hey, makes be feel even better about this smoothie.

word.

When you combine the awesomeness of pumpkin with the other ingredients in this smoothie, you’ve pretty much got a nutritional powerhouse.  Pat yourself on the back, mom, and rest easy for the remainder of the day; your kid has officially “eaten well” (and so have you).

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 

adapted from no particular recipe whatsoever on the interwebzes

Ingredients:

  • pumpkin puree
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • frozen bananas
  • pumpkin pie spice

 Yes, I freeze my own bananas.

Least exciting food photo ever.

Combine ingredients to taste in a blender and puree.  I like to make sure there is a LOT of banana in my smoothie, because otherwise it won’t be sweet enough and it get’s a little unfrozen tasting and mealy.  This smoothie is “for two”, since I shared it with Simon, because Mommy needs her vegetables as well! It’s got about 1.5 frozen bananas, 1/2c pumpkin, 1c yogurt, milk to fill and several shakes of pumpkin pie spice.  It nicely filled this big cup and was enjoyed by all.

Oh, hey there big-assed  orange plastic cup.

Aaaaaand if you’re like me, you’ll put two different colored straws in the cup so that there is NO PEACE while drinking said smoothie because SOMEONE wants to alternate colors while drinking. “Weh-woah”…sip…sip…”Bwuuu”….sip…sip…(aaaaand repeat until smoothie is gone).

nom nom nom sluuurp…burp

There are a lot of recipes out there that call for sweetened condensed milk, vanilla yogurt or ice cream, heavy cream, actual spoons full of sugar, and other ingredients that are high in added sugar, AND THIS IS FINE, IF and only if you are cool with the added sugar.  I try to avoid adding sugar to smoothies since we add sugar to other stuff in this house.  I’m sure if I made this smoothie with BlueBell Homemade Vanilla ice cream it would be phenomenal, but it would also make it a dessert, not a smoothie.

 

Oh, and prepare yourself for orange poop (the baby’s not yours, silly). Just letting you know ahead of time…