Monday, November 24, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

Do you have those moments when you want to step out and try something new.  Something from a different cuisine, a new recipe, a new ingredient; something you've never had before and possibly aren't very comfortable with?  I have those moments quite often, Spencer would say I push the boundaries from time to time.  But about 95% of the time we're both glad I stepped outside my comfort zone.

This was one of those times I really wanted to take that step.  Why, you ask?  Well, for this month's secret recipe club assignment I was give a blog that will take your taste buds all around the world.  Tara's Multicultural Table definitely lives up to the name, it's packed with amazing recipes from all over and they all sound incredible.  From her beautifully fluffy Brusselse WaflesHortobagy Palacsinta (Hungarian stuffed crepes)caramelle (pasta stuffed with sweet potato) and cioccolata calda (Italian hot chocolate with orange whipped cream)...and that's just a glimpse into what she has to offer.  All of her recipes look so good, so be sure to head over there and check them all out!
I jumped from one recipe to the other and then I came across it.  It.  A smoothie, which you all know is one of my favorite things ever.  But not just any smoothie, a pumpkin cheesecake smoothie!  What, are you kidding me?  When I read the title, it's like the clouds opened up and the sun was shining down on me!
My search was over and I knew I had to make this smoothie, and now.  So, unfortunately I didn't step out of my little comfort zone and try something new.  But, I did however, discover a new and current favorite breakfast smoothie!

Folks, this smoothie is incredible.  It's thick, rich, creamy, full of pumpkin pie flavor and topped with a sprinkle of graham crackers.  In the words for Tara's husband, it's like drinking a slice of pumpkin pie!
We're quickly embarking on turkey day.  Yes, t-minus 4 days and counting!  Anyway, we're days away from the big day and I know there's planning, prepping and baking going on right now.  I guarantee pumpkin pies are definitely in the works.  So, when getting that puree ready for those pies, reserve a scoop to make this incredible smoothie.  It's a way to get your pie fix a few days ahead of time...without all the guilt.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie
Ingredients:

3/4 Cup milk
1/4 Cup pumpkin puree, frozen or refrigerated
1 Small ripe frozen banana, chopped
1/4 Cup quick oats
1/4 Greek yogurt
1 Oz cream cheese
2-3 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 Tsp cinnamon
Graham crackers, for topping, optional
Whipped cream, for topping, optional.

Directions:

Combine milk, pumpkin, banana, oats, yogurt, cream cheese and spices in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer to a cup, top with graham crackers and whipped if desired and serve.

Recipe source: barely adapted Tara's Multicultural Table

12 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh, myyyyyy! Can you make me one too, please? :D (Filling in from Group A today and made your *Heavenly* Chicken and Dumplings! ) They were wonderful! :) Love your choice for the SRC! :)

Rebekah Hills said...

Perfect for this time of year - that looks SO GOOD! :)

Tara said...

So glad you enjoyed it! I haven't made this since last year. May have to change that :)

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

Drinking pumpkin pie... what an amazing idea!! This sounds great!!

Lauren Everson said...

Such a perfect pick from Tara's blog for this time of year!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious said...

You mean I could have my pie for breakfast? I'm all in!

Melissa @ Fried Ice and Donut Holes said...

Oh yum! This sounds fantastic! Great pick this month :)

Susan Pridmore said...

Oh wow, I need one of these! I just got a new Ninja blender and am making smoothies almost every day. This just went on the list!!

Karen Kerr said...

I love stepping outside my comfort zone. Lovely choice and I love your blog!

Emily said...

This sounds so delicious! Having the holidays live on and on and on via smoothie.

Wendy Klik said...

Perfect smoothie for this months SRC pick

Couscous & Consciousness said...

What an awesome way to start the day. Fantastic flavours for a smoothie.

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