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Fall is in the air! I would say it is my favorite time of year, but I think I can find an excuse to make pretty much anytime of year awesome! However, this time of year seems to draw the family to the kitchen more often. From the turning of the leaves, to trips to the pumpkin patch, and now to plan for another Thanksgiving Feast! The holidays and cold weather make filling the house with scents of apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, and cranberries, is all to satisfying. All the goodness and love Thanksgiving brings, makes the holiday feast that much more special. Having the patience to wait for the feast is a bit challenging. So I decided to create a way to cheat a little…introducing the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more to taste)
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 frozen banana (fresh works too, but the smoothie won’t be as thick)
1/2 cup ice cubes
Ground cinnamon for topping, if desired
Add all of the ingredients to your blender, puree on medium speed until it is smooth. Serve in a glass, and dust the smoothie with more cinnamon if desired.
Here is a delicious superfood breakfast recipe to make sure you get a boost of the essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that our bodies need. I found myself falling in love with steel cut oatmeal this week. Well that love actually started after the previous blog on the different types of oatmeal. I had never wandered outside the world of flattened oatmeal. You just cannot do a segment without really trying the foods right? Sounded like a delicious chore to me! I did just that, and now every morning I start my day with steel cut oatmeal. To keep it interesting, and to make sure I cram as many healthy benefits into the meal, I made myself a superfood version. My version provides antioxidants, an anti-inflammatory boost and plenty of fiber. So many endless possibilities with steel cut oatmeal.
Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oatmeal Topped with Walnuts and Apples
1 C steel cut oatmeal, cooked according to package directions
1/4 pumpkin puree
1 T honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 C chopped walnuts
1/4 C chopped apples
Cook the steel cut oatmeal according to package directions. Add pumpkin, honey, cinnamon and stir. Top with the walnuts and apples. ENJOY!!