It’s fall, so everyone is obsessed with pumpkin pie spice. I know I am! I can’t pass a coffee place without wanting (and buying!) one of those super-sweet pumpkin spice lattes.
I love the flavor, but hate the cost and the calories, so I decided to start replacing my fancy coffee addiction with a healthier, more filling Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Smoothie.
And you know what? It’s every bit as satisfying, if not more so, because it keeps me full thanks to the fiber from the pumpkin and the protein from the milk.
I even created the perfect accompaniment to the smoothie. Check out both recipes below!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (plain pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)
3/4 cup unsweetened low-fat or fat-free almond milk, coconut milk, or dairy milk
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp. honey
1/3 cup ice
1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold.
Twice the Spice is Nice! Add Granola to Your Morning Meal
I couldn’t stop with just a smoothie. This easy, super-healthy Pumpkin Spice Pecan Granola is nutritious because it has no refined sugar or oil.
It comes out very crunchy and full of flavor – the perfect snack for a fall day.
Pumpkin Spice Pecan Granola
Makes about 2 cups of granola
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tbsp. honey
1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pumpkin spice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1. In a large bowl, stir together oats, pumpkin, applesauce, honey, pecans, salt, and pumpkin spice.
2. Bake at 300 F for approximately 30 minutes, stopping halfway through to mix the granola around.
3. Cool, stir in cranberries, and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.