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Spiced Pumpkin Cider Smoothie

Pumpkin, pumpkin, everywhere. Pumpkin as far as the eye can see.

Pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bread. Pumpkin latte, pumpkin hot cocoa, and definitely a fair share of pumpkin smoothies and shakes.

I’m seeing tons of pumpkin on Tastespotting and FoodGawker. Talking to my Tweeps about it on Twitter. I bought a pumpkin at the Farmer’s Market this weekend and I’ve been stocking up on canned pumpkin for weeks because of some kind of supposed pumpkin shortage.

That’s a lot of pumpkin. I’m going to be looking for ways to consume it all. Good thing I like pumpkin ‘cos I’ll be eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

So, beginning today, I’m going start and end the day on a pumpkin note. Pumpkin smoothies for breakfast and probably pumpkin hot cocoa while I’m tapping away at the computer during my evening commune with cyberspace. Maybe I’ll munch on a salted pumpkin cajeta chocolate after dinner.

Oh, and have you noticed there’s a lot of noise about apples, applesauce, and apple cider, too?

Spiced Pumpkin Cider Smoothie

1/2 cup milk (I used coconut but soy, hemp, rice or your favorite alternative will work)

1/2 cup apple cider

1 cup 100% pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 frozen banana

4 or 5 ice cubes

1 tablespoon maple syrup or brown sugar (more or less to your liking)


Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend away until everything is smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Makes one large single serving.

I think next time I’ll try adding a teaspoon of flax meal and a tablespoon of protein powder.


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Reader Comments (7)

i make pumpkin smoothies a lot but i've never thought to include apple cider! thanks for the idea!

Nora - you're welcome! I think that's the fun thing about recipes - smoothies in particular - you can just experiment away and who knows what you'll wind up loving. Hope it works for you. Nancy

Oct 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNora

Wow, truly original and sounds fantastic. Can't wait to give it a try.

Kalinda - thanks. And, it's super easy. Enjoy, Nancy

Oct 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKalinda

A cider smoothie? With pumpkin? Yum! This looks amazing =D.

Lauren - TY! I wonder if it would taste good warm? Will have to try that. Sort of like Hot Spiced Pumpkin Cider. Hmmm. Nancy

Oct 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love pumpkin and I am going to make this with So Delicious coconut milk! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Jolie - ooo, that sounds like a great idea. I haven't tried their coconut milk yet. I bet it would be good with So Delicious vanilla ice cream for a shake instead of a smoothie! Nancy

Oct 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJolie

I bet this would be great with coconut milk! What a creative recipe. I am paralyzed by all the fabulous-looking recipes out there right now for pumpkin and apples. Everything sounds so good!! Have you tried pumpkin in savory applications like pasta or soup? I like squash in soup, but pumpkin is so unmistakably pumpkin; I'm a bit nervous to try anything like that.

Jenn - I haven't tried pumpkin in a savory recipe yet. I'm a pumpkin novice! Never had pumpkin soup but it might be fun to try it. Nancy

Oct 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJenn/CinnamonQuill

This sounds excellent! I could almost make it with things I have right now. I'll definitely keep it in mind.

Oct 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranna

I made this into a green smoothie. I doubled the recipe, added in an extra cup of cider, and 2 cups of Kale. MMMMM...delish.

Oct 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessi
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