So Far From Basic

I have to be 100% honest with you guys, I’ve never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. I mean, I’m actually pretty proud of this fact. I don’t really like pumpkin pie, or pie at all for that matter. I love the color of pumpkin. I love the smell of the spices that go into the making of all these Pumpkin flavored things… but, I think I’m failing as a white girl that lives in a super hip part of Chicago. But I’m totally fine with that.

I have however, been reading some really fun recipes that bring this pumpkin trend to the next level. So I bought a can of pumpkin puree. Determined that I was going to incorporate it into EVERYTHING. I was going to make muffins, overnight oats, sauces, smoothies, marinades, cocktails, coffee, stuff it into chicken breast… the list could go on and on of all the things I was planning on making. That can sat in my cupboard for about two weeks–until TODAY!

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Libby and I chilled for a while, then made amazingness together. Check the label. 100% pumpkin puree. You don’t need any of that other stuff.

Sloan’s Pumpkin Smoothie 
(It’s healthy, and tasty, and about as basic and I’ll EVER get.)
Throw in a blender, you won’t regret it, I promise. 

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I used canned, check the label and make sure the ONLY ingredient is ‘pumpkin puree’)
1 tablespoon of brown rice protein powder (here is what I use)
2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter (what I’m currently using)
1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter (again, check the ingredients–peanuts and sea salt should be the ONLY ingredients)
1 tablespoon of agave or sweetener of your choice (sometimes I use honey, agave or even a steevia sweetener in moderation.)
1 cup of UN-sweetened almond milk
3-4 ice cubes (aka, frozen water. Only ingredient!)
As much cinnamon as you damn well please, (because that shit is delicious!)

**Approximately: 250 calories, 19g carbs, 13g fat, 16g protein 6g sugar

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Throw in a blender until silky smooth. You won’t regret it. I swear.

**These calculations are with the exact brands and ingredients I used. Nutritional value will vary on products. Smoothie is Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan.

Got other good pumpkin recipes? Tried this one? Tell me what you think!