Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pumpkin Crunch Smoothie


Busy, busy, busy...that's how I feel all the time these days. I'm trying to enjoy the wedding planning process, but some days I look at that wedding to-do list and I feel overwhelmed. This weekend is feeling pretty packed full of more to-dos. I have to keep reminding myself to slow down and enjoy the moments.
Anyways, I obviously love cooking, but when my fiance said he would grill tonight I admit I was very happy. Not having to spend time cooking dinner gave me more time to catch up on the aforementioned todos. I enjoyed two grilled veggie burgers, a sweet potato, and a grilled bell pepper plus one non-alcoholic beer for dinner. Very satisfying since we haven't grilled all winter! Even better not having to cook any of it!
However, I was having major munchies before dinner so I whipped up this pumpkin smoothie. I also wanted it to be crunchy because I was craving some texture so I added cereal for that. It really hit the spot!

Ingredients (Serves 1-2)

  1. 1 cup of pumpkin
  2. 1 cup of non-dairy milk such as soy, almond, coconut
  3. 1 tsp of vanilla
  4. 5 ice cubes
  5. 1/4 -1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1 stevia packet
  7. 1/2 frozen banana
  8. 1/4 cup of crunchy cereal such as kashi go lean crunch or flax plus by nature's path (optional)

Method

Combine all ingredients in a blender (minus cereal) and process until smooth. Add additional milk if smoothie is too thick. Top with cereal then mix cereal in smoothie and eat with a long spoon!

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