I love fall…or, as I like to say, what passes for fall here in Texas! And, we all know what fall means – pumpkin spice ev-ree-thing. If you love all the pumpkin spice things, you’ll want to try this pumpkin banana smoothie. It makes a great quick breakfast or after school snack and with 2020 being so darn weird we all need a little bit of easy right now and I promise this one is.
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Honestly, I’m kind of “meh” on pumpkin spice. It’s a taste that I associate with fall and the onset of the holiday season but I don’t get super excited to see all the pumpkin spice things pop up each fall. My kids and my husband are another story…they are big time fans of all the pumpkin-y things.
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You know what I am a fan of, though, is smoothies. Smoothies for breakfast are fast and nutritious and easy. In the mornings, I really need easy. See also breakfast things that no one will whine about.
I love these mason jars with the attached straws from the Pioneer Woman. And, pretty much everything kitchen-y by the Pioneer Woman.
Smoothies are easy to change up so that no one gets bored or in a rut. To give a nod to the season and alllll the pumpkin spice things, I’ve created this yummy pumpkin banana smoothie. It has the same taste as a decadent pumpkin spice treat but none of the bad stuff. It’s also vegan and paleo compliant, so whatever your eating plan, you can enjoy this treat without guilt.
I’m using the Hamilton Beach Sound Shield 950 Quiet Blender to make our smoothies these days. I need at least one thing that’s quiet in my house of noise, right? You wouldn’t expect it to be a blender, would you?
Our morning routine has just gone through a massive shift. I’ve gone from my husband bringing my coffee in bed at 7:15 (which I thought was hella early) to me getting up at 6:00 to get my kids ready for school while my husband is still asleep. Getting to sleep later is the ONE thing I do miss about remote schooling.
The Hamilton Beach Sound Shield 950 Quiet Blender is great for the days when I want to make a smoothie without announcing to my entire house that I AM MAKING A SMOOTHIE IN MY BLENDER. If I don’t want to wake my husband up or if I want to enjoy my own smoothie in peace before I have to focus on my kids, this blender is perfecto.
This also works for when you want to have some blender cocktails after your kids are in bed. Not that I would know anything about that. Kidding! Of course I know all about THAT.
Try this pumpkin banana smoothie out for yourself and let me know how you like it. Even if you’re one of those pumpkin spice haters, you can probably get on board with this one. It’s really good.
And, one of the most funnest things about having a smoothie for breakfast? The straws! Just ask my kids!
I also recommend these sustainable straws that can be re-used:
Fall Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
This yummy pumpkin banana smoothie has all the flavors of a decadent pumpkin spice treat without the guilt.
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup coconut milk (I use the unsweetened vanilla but any variety of coconut milk will do. You can also substitute almond milk!)
- 1 large banana (For best results, pre-slice and pre-freeze your banana the night before)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup ice
There's not much that's complicated about making a smoothie!
Add the ice and bananas first, then add the other ingredients. I find it usually works best to add the liquid last.
Blend until smooth. Because it is, after all, a smoothie! Enjoy!