Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie4
I am in Australia at the moment where we do not celebrate Thanksgiving. But that does not mean that I am not thinking of my friends and family in the United States, getting ready for the holidays, and a wonderful family dinner. I have always maintained that the best thing about the holidays is not a few days off work, it is time spent in the warm embrace of family, and maintaining an attitude of gratitude for everything that is beautiful about life.
And what is a good celebration without fabulous food? The home cooked meal that is lovingly prepared, and promises you a day of culinary bliss as it seductively wafts out of the oven all morning, Oh, the thoughts were just about enough to put me on a plane into tryptophan land.
But what really kept me awake last night, was my longings for that exceptional pumpkin pie that still haunts me from last thanksgiving, It was baked by a professional baker friend and it was truly sublime. I have been giving thanks for that pie every day for the last year! I must admit that my attitude of gratitude failed me for just a second when I thought of missing out this year. Seeing as I didn’t have the pumpkin pie recipe, and don’t really have the baking talent to replicate it on even a remote level, I decided to head to more realistic pastures, and, once again, turned to my trusty blender (my Vitamix) for inspiration.
I suddenly recalled a heavenly little vegan pumpkin pie smoothie that I made with some dorm room mates my first year at UCLA. We didn’t have an oven. But we had my blender. A craving for all things pumpkin turned into a midnight trip to the grocery store during finals week, and the results were nothing short of blendsational. This vegan pumpkin pie smoothie does every creamy bite of a self-respecting pumpkin pie justice; and hits the spot for those of us not fortunate to be sampling the real thing this year.
For those of you who are not aware, pumpkin pie is not something found very readily in Australia as we don’t typically make or eat it. Remember, we roast and steam our pumpkin and eat it with meat! Sweet pumpkin? What is that? Putting pumpkin in a pie? YUK! That would be the response of the average Australian. Yes I know. The Aussies are missing out to say the least! But back to being thankful and celebrating the virtues of this pumpkin pie smoothie.
This pumpkin pie smoothie really does taste like a creamy pumpkin pie in a glass. Each 8 ounce glass offers 100% of the daily intake of beta carotene. But more importantly, it is just downright delicious! I have, of course, modified the original cream dreamer and sugar fixer recipe. I have chosen to exploit the creamy buttery properties of raw cashew milk and used coconut sugar just to heighten the natural sweetness of the pumpkin. You might want to add more sweetener. But I thought it was perfect, and I remained thankful all day long and forgot about what I didn’t have! This pumpkin pie smoothie is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free and soy free. If you need to make this smoothie nut free use soy milk or rice milk and it tastes delicious as well. Either way, if you are looking for delicious vegan smoothies this recipe is a winner.
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- 1 cup canned or freshly mashed pumpkin
- 1 cup home made raw cashew milk or macadamia milk (use soy or rice milk to make it nut free)
- 1 fresh or frozen ripe banana
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar or more to taste
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Throw all the ingredients into the blender (I use a Vitamix) and puree until smooth and creamy. YUM!
- Serves 2.
Piggy Cooking Tips
the best way to clean your blender
After blending up something sticky, gooey or smelly, just place a few drops of soap in the carriage with some warm water and blend on high until all of the congealed food slips away from the blades and sides. Then repeat this process. Then rinse with water and presto! Clean carriage.
If you have smells or stains repeat this process with some bicarbonate of soda or lemon juice and water.
Check out the video on A No Hassle Way To Clean Your Blender that I did as part of the Chow Tips Series.