Pumpkin Smoothie and Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and Hot Chocolate l Homestead LadySo, pumpkin food – we love it all!  Pumpkin bread, strudel, pancakes, with butter at dinner, pie – duh.  Join us as we talk about drinkable pumpkin: Pumpkin Smoothie and Pumpkin Hot Chocolate.

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There are other pumpkin yummies to consider besides pumpkin smoothies and pumpkin hot chocolate, of course.  My favorite pumpkin soup recipe comes from the Baird House cookbook which is pretty basic except that she includes lime juice, which gives the soup an extra kick.  You can make it with coconut or cashew/almond milk if you’re avoiding dairy and I add a little cayenne to mine.  Macheesmo gave us a recipe for pumpkin melted cheese sandwiches this year which were so unbelievably…so…incredibly…I don’t even have words!   Just try making some and you won’t be sorry.

Today, though, we tried a new recipe for us – pumpkin smoothie!  I found several good recipe ideas but eventually just went and made my own, using the ideas as a guideline.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
An easy breakfast smoothie that tastes like dessert!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups milk - dairy, coconut, nut - I used coconut milk.
  2. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 1/2 cup pineapple with juice
  4. 1 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
  5. 1/4 tsp cloves
  6. 1/2 cup apple or pear sauce, optional
  7. Handful of ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in blender and mix at high speed until smooth.
  2. You may decide you want more pineapple.
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Just blend up something like all that and you will be serving your happy children liquid pumpkin pie for breakfast in the form of pumpkin smoothie.  I think, aside from the delectable pumpkin, the coconut milk made all the difference; the texture was smooth and creamy.  I could have used just coconut cream and more liquid but I like all the dimensions of coconut milk.  I’m still buying mine canned since I lack the intestinal fortitude to process a raw coconut but raw is always healthier if you’re a better man than I.

Incidentally, this mixture is extra decadent when added to:

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Homemade Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Serves 2
Nourishing and warm; perfect for a cool weather treat!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup chamomile tea
  2. 2 cup canned, full fat coconut milk or fresh coconut milk or whole, raw milk
  3. 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  4. 4 Tsp fair trade cocoa
  5. Raw honey to sweeten to taste
  6. Dash of sea salt
  7. Dash of vanilla
Instructions
  1. Put the above ingredients into a sauce pot and warm over medium heat.
  2. Be sure to whisk in the cocoa well to break up the bits.
Notes
  1. To use up any leftover pumpkin smoothie, simple add about a cup to the hot chocolate mixture and stir to warm.
  2. If you don't have pumpkin smoothie on hand, you can also add 1/4 cup pumpkin puree and 1 tsp pumpkin spice to achieve about the same result.
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Vanilla is so easy to make yourself, please don’t ever buy it again.  Follow these links to learn how to make your own vanilla –  The Homesteading Hippy Better Hens and Gardens, The Mind To Homestead, Timber Creek Farm, Ever Growing FarmSimply living Simply  – each one is a bit different with the author’s advice and tips, so I say, read them all!  I use vegetable glycerin instead of vodka to make my vanilla extract because we don’t drink alcohol and because I just don’t like the taste!  Common Sense Home shows you how to make vanilla, lemon AND almond extract.   

Make sure you add homemade marshmallows – I promise they’re not as intimidating as they sound.

There you go, pumpkin hot chocolate and pumpkin smoothie!

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What is your favorite pumpkin dish – please, please share!

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Pumpkin Smoothie and Pumpkin Hot Chocolate — 17 Comments

  1. Great post, and love the link up, I have nothing to contribute, instead I’m looking for real food recipes to add to my Real Food Fridays post for Thanksgiving, and your post will be added to the list, and pinned. Followed you here from the Living Natural Link Up.

    • Thank you for adding me to the list – I’m so glad that you’re making such a list and know it will benefit many families this Thanksgiving season!

  2. Hello Homestead Lady!

    I found you on Fat Tuesday. I love this smoothie recipe! And may I say that the mug you used for the photo is gorgeous? I love collecting pretty, handmade mugs when I travel myself. 🙂

    I linked up a couple Thanksgiving recipes – Tart & Sweet Cranberry Bread (GF) and Moist Pumpkin Bread (GF & DF) to your linky. Thank you!

    Have a great weekend!

    Gabriela

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