Tuesday, October 2, 2012

pumpkin pie smoothie

When the leaves change color and I bask in that special, dusky light on the way home from an evening run, I get a crazy craving for pumpkin pie. So urgent, I can't even grab a fork, much less defrost a pie crust! That's where this recipe comes in handy. Pumpkin pie through a straw.

Since this recipe is pretty healthy to start, I like to crumble some graham crackers or gingersnaps on top... to balance it out a bit ;)

With love, 
 Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fat free milk (vegans use almond milk)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp cinammon
  • pumpkin pie spice to taste
Cook oats and water in a small pot for about a minute or two, stirring often until it becomes thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let it cool a few minutes.

In a blender add milk, pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice. Add oats and ice. Blend on high until very smooth.


  1. Have I ever told you that you are a genius? YOU ARE A GENIUS. I actually read the title of your post and was like "nah, don't need that," but after reading, I am YES PLEASE!!

    1. Haha thank you so much Erika! I am at home sick from school today :( and your comment really made me smile :)

    2. Aww yay! I hope you feel better soon!!

    3. Thanks I think I should be back at school tomorrow :) I spent another sick day at home today -- I made some apple donuts!

    4. Haha that sounds like a great sick day!

      Okay so I made this pumpkin smoothie the other day, and I was not a big fan at first sip, though my roommate and friend loved it--said it tasted like rice pudding. But I LOVED the refrigerated portion I ate/drank the next night...it tasted like a pumpkin pie slushy (my fridge is wonky and partially freezes things in certain parts)!

      Question: normally when I make oats, I think the recipe directs that you use like 1/2 cup oats to 1 cup of water. Do you usually make oats with that ratio of oats/water or did you use an especially low ratio for this recipe? I was lazy and tried microwaving my oats instead, and they were still rather watery by the end. I guess it must just depend on the thickness of the smoothie that you want?

    5. I always make my oats the same way that you do, however, for this recipe, I like to make them a bit thicker so I usually use equal parts water and oats.

      I always think smoothies taste better out of the fridge. For some reason, my blender generates a lot of heat, and there is nothing refreshing about a warm smoothie! YUCK!

    6. Totally agreed about warm smoothies. Okay not sure if I missed something in the recipe, but wouldn't equal parts oats/water be 1/2 cup oats to 1/2 cup water (instead of 2 cups)? Just want to make sure I/future makers get maximum perfection out of this smoothie :)

    7. Yes! You are so right! I will fix that in the recipe!

  2. My roommate who just moved out bought me a smoothie book for the blender she left in my possession--lucky for me, because I can't wait to try this! It'd be cute for an autumn party to pair it with apple crisp and pecan pie smoothie.

    1. Yay! Tell me if you try it (apple pie smoothie is next on my smoothie agenda!)

  3. I was just looking up a recipe to use up my left over container of pumpkin puree and I just remembered this recipe. This is being made tonight!