Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

One of my favorites treats to enjoy in the fall is a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Creamy vanilla soft serve blended with pumpkin and pie spices, pie crust, and a whole lot of whipped cream! I set out to re-create a healthier version at home... one that still tastes like pumpkin pie, but could be eaten more regularly. (Maybe even for breakfast??!)   IMG_5220   Pumpkin Pie Smoothies blend together pumpkin pie filling, Greek yogurt, milk, and cinnamon into a creamy concoction that is perfect for the fall. I will admit, it does taste 'healthy', but it is also really good. (Though my hubby did say, "I think this would be really good with vanilla ice cream instead of yogurt!" Haha.) It's full of protein from the yogurt and fiber from the pumpkin. The key to the creaminess of these smoothies is the frozen pumpkin pie cubes. By using frozen pumpkin pie filling (instead of ice), you still have the consistency of a frozen smoothie without the ice to water it down. To make the pumpkin pie cubes, simply place about 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie filling into an ice cube tray and freeze until firm. A large can will make about 30 cubes, and once they are frozen, you can store them in a zipper bag in your freezer.   IMG_5209   IMG_5210   To make your smoothie, just combine 3 pumpkin pie cubes with 2/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt in a blender. Add a little cinnamon if you want a little extra spice. IMG_5212 Then, let it whirl away! IMG_5214 To serve, top with crushed cinnamon graham crackers. (Or maybe some whipped cream.) Yum! IMG_5218 ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

Servings/Yield: 1 smoothie
  • ~⅓ cup pumpkin pie filling, frozen into cubes (3 cubes)
  • cup milk
  • cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • dash cinnamon
  • crushed cinnamon graham crackers, for serving
Method To prepare the pumpkin pie cubes, place pumpkin pie filling into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. A 29-oz can will make about pumpkin pie cubes. For the smoothie, add the milk, yogurt, and frozen pumpkin pie cubes into a blender. Blend until the frozen pie filling is completely pulverized. Add more milk or yogurt as needed, until it is your desired consistency. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Serve immediately. Source: adapted from The Pioneer Woman 

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