Banana Pumpkin Smoothie

It's not often that I make special treats for breakfast, but this weekend I was inspired. Will had Friday-Monday off of work, and we wanted to get out and experience a true New England fall. We had some errands to run on Friday (which unfortunately lead to an entire afternoon wasted at the car dealership because one of our tires had a puncture), so on Friday morning I woke up a little early to make breakfast. Both of us love smoothies, and I was looking for something relatively light and healthy to serve alongside the muffins I prepared. This smoothie was AMAZING! Seriously, it tasted like Halloween in a glass. The spices were perfect, the yogurt/banana/pumpkin/orange juice ratio was just right, and I'm very glad I made a double batch, because Will ended up going back for seconds. It was really very simple to prepare, as most smoothies are, so don't worry about throwing this together on a weekday before you run out the door for work.
Source: Cooking Light, April 2005


  • 1  cup  low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4  cup  canned pumpkin, chilled
  • 1/2  cup  ice cubes
  • 1/3  cup  fresh orange juice
  • 1  tablespoon  brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 1  ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • Dash of ground cinnamon (optional)

1. Combine yogurt and next 8 ingredients (through banana) in a blender, and process until smooth.

2. Garnish with dash of ground cinnamon, if desired. Serve immediately.


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