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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie {Redhead Recipes}

31 Jul

(Review by Denise)

I am having a hard time locating the source for this recipe. The website on the pin is, but nothing comes up. After doing a Google search, there is in fact a blog called Redhead Recipes–but I cannot find Pumpkin Pie Smoothie on her site. However just in case, here is a link to Redhead Recipes.

The pin included the recipe underneath.  So for lack of a real web link, here it is:

Blend together 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup pumpkin puree, 1/3 cup Greek plain yogurt, 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk or vanilla soy milk, few shakes of pumpkin pie spice, & 4-5 ice cubes.

I improvised based on what we had on hand. We have vanilla yogurt, but only regular ol’ (non-vanilla) cow’s milk. I also added a smidgen of vanilla extract and some women’s protein powder.

Verdict? Delicious! It really tasted like pumpkin pie, but with the slight tang of yogurt you’d expect in a smoothie. My son really liked it, too, and he is picky about smoothies.


Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie {Chiquita Bananas}

5 Apr

(Review by Denise)

This should be called a milkshake. It is almost as good as getting a peanut butter shake at Lenny’s. In fact, it is better! This drink is guilt-free. (Peanut butter brings me no guilt.) With 18 grams of protein per serving (depending on your yogurt), I call it lunch. In fact, I’m drinking one right now for lunch. The slight tang from the yogurt is perfect, not overpowering. I use natural peanut butter with no sugar. I imagine it would taste different if you used Jiffy or something. Check out the recipe from Chiquita Bananas right here.

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie {Gimme Some Oven}

13 Mar

Click image to take you to its source: Gimme Some Oven.

(Review by Denise)

Breakfast for dinner was my favorite as a kid.  The other night I made Gimme Some Oven‘s Pineapple Ginger Smoothies to go along with gingerbread waffles. (Waffle review to come later this week.) The preschooler and I, in particular, love fresh pineapple. (And this one turned out perfectly ripe and sweet!) Check out the smoothie recipe here.

I don’t think I’ve ever followed a recipe for a smoothie before. I usually just keep frozen fruit on hand and mix and match without measuring. But this turned out to be a beautiful smoothie, in both color and consistency–not too thick or too runny. It also occurred to me that it would be an excellent recipe when you’re feeling sick. Ginger is so good for you, and pineapple feels soothing on a sore throat.

Verdict? Fail. Taste is everything and only my man could finish drinking it. The fresh ginger gave it too sharp a flavor for the rest of us. And even though he finished his, he said he didn’t like it. He thought it needed more pineapple. I think it needed less ginger. Either way, it didn’t fly for us. If you love that spicy ginger bite, though, give it a try and share what you think!