I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and had a good start to the week today. I’m doing another round of night shifts this week and so far…yeah, not going as well as last week 🙁
One thing that did perk me up though after I rolled out of bed this morning after only 3 hours of sleep (thank you new neighborhood construction) was this bowl full of yum:
The thickest, creamiest, coconuttiest pumpkin smoothie you’ll ever see!
Although the weather in Tennessee has decided to revert back to summer over the past couple of days (hello 70 degree weather!), I’m still finding myself craving the comfort of fall-flavored foods…so I decided this morning would be the perfect time to break out a ridiculously creamy fall-esque smoothie!
Creamy Coconut Pumpkin Smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Keywords: blender raw beverage snack high fiber high protein coconut milk pumpkin puree fall winter
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 frozen banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (coconut or maple would be great too!)
- 1 cup coconut milk (from a carton)
- 6-8 ice cubes
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (for thickening)
- 1/4 teaspoon guar gum (for added creaminess)
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend until creamy, scraping down the sides if necessary.
2. Top with unsweetened shredded coconut and/or nuts of your choice.
I knew I’d be using these pumpkin spice almonds to top my smoothie, so I decided to throw a little almond extract in the mix…such a good idea!
I really cannot even begin to tell you how incredibly thick and satisfying this smoothie was…I swear I thought I was eating pumpkin flavored ice cream!
Check out that pumpkin-lovin’ spoonful!
Seriously guys, you HAVE to try this!!
What flavors do you crave the most during fall?
Anyone else experiencing a heat wave where you live?
whoa, those nuts sound awesome. im gonna have to try my hand at making them myself i think!
I definitely crave pumpkin like no other!! AHhh I need to try those almonds, yum 😀
This looks amazing. I can’t believe we are back in the 70s but at least this will still make it feel like fall!
This looks amazing and I love crunch on a smoothie, PERFECT crunch you added there!
Happy Tuesday! xoxo
Ok, now I want THAT! Dang that looks so good! Atlanta is the same with the weather. Crazy, but I’m guessing when the cold finally hits us it will be FREEZING! I hope you have a better day/night Heather.
Oh I know…living it up while I can! I’m in NO hurry for the freezing winter weather!
This looks so good! I’m thinking I’m going to need to buy some thickening gums though… I can never get my smoothies as thick as this!
Girl, I swear, one of the best investments ever! Both are pretty inexpensive and you only have to use a small amount to get the thickness you want. I could never go back to making smoothies without them!
I love pumpkin smoothies anytime of year. The “gums” are crucial for that thickness. I use cottage cheese and cream cheese in mine and it really is more like ice cream.
And yes the weather here is warm and humid (hello frizzy curly hair) and raining today. It’s supposed to cool off Thursday, so I’m glad for that.
Sorry about the night shift not going as well thus week – just try to think of all the stuff you can get with that extra money 🙂 – especially on your next Trader Joes adventure!
Aww, girl you know me well! I’ve been reminding myself of that ALL week! haha!
Cottage cheese and cream cheese…not there’s a thought! Looks like I’ll be doing some experimenting with my smoothies!
That smoothie looks delicious. I never thought of combining coconut and pumpkin together. It sounds delicious. 🙂
I literally saw those nuts in target every day throughout october and kept resisting the urge to buy them. I’m seriously regretting that right now.
during the fall I’m all about apples and, as of late, applesauce. Especially warmed with cinnamon and nut butter. Le swooooooooonie!
Mmmm, warmed with nut butter? Sounds amazing!
I seriously had to hide the container from myself when I realized that after a week, I’d already eaten half of it! Haha! So addictive!
nice pictures girl! i love my smoothies… this looks gooood. i always crave pumpkin, butternut, and roasted veg in the fall 🙂
You’re brave for taking on more overnights! That smoothie looks so thick and delicious. We’re getting a cold front today, but there’s always a possibility of it snowing one day and being 80* the next, here in CO. Fall smoothies are the perfect blend of a cool treat and a seasonal taste 🙂
Mmmm I adore pumpkin and coconut together!! I bet this is deeeelicious!
Yum, I want this now!
this is fantastic! i had a green smoothie earlier, but i so wish i had this instead!
Yum YUM. This seriously looks like a big bowl of ice cream. I always crave vanilla and cinnamon-y flavors when fall rolls around.
Those almonds were like the best impulse purchase I ever made at Target. (Then again, almost everything I buy there is an impulse by. What is it about target!?)
I used mine to make pumpkin almond butter! It was SO good!!!!
It’s been oddly warm in VA but it’s going to get colder later this week 🙁 Boo!
Oh I know! I can NEVER go in that store for just one thing! haha!
It’s pretty much always warm/hot where I live, so smoothies always go down a treat – looks amazing, thick and yum yum yummmmmmmmmmm
YUM!!! Pumpkin and apple are two of my favorite flavors for the fall. I’m starting to like coconut though, so I’m just dying to try this!
I think this is a good way to ease into the flavor of coconut since the pumpkin flavor is a bit stronger without being overpowering! Definitely give it a whirl and let me know what you think!
STFU… how have I **NOT** seen those pumpkin spice almonds anywhere?! Must scour the store shelves in search of those little guys!
Haha! I found mine at Wal-Mart, but I think I’ve also seen them at Target too!
Mmmm such a good combination! I want to try those almonds omg!