Favorite Fall Smoothies: Two Ways

Smoothies are a staple in our household and such a timesaver on the mornings when both Keith and I are trying to get out of the door (with a toddler who is simply living for the moment — he grounds us in so many ways). On cooler days, I tend to want a warm breakfast, but I can’t get enough of these seasonal favorites.

If you are a big fan of fall’s bounty, you may want to check these out! My typical breakfast smoothie contains spinach, but I omitted any greens to protect the rich, vibrant orange and red color of these beauties. Feel free to add veggies or swap out the banana for avocado to reduce the sweetness. Most importantly, enjoy and let me know if you try either of them!

The Cozy Sweater Smoothie

1 cup almond milk

1/3 cup coconut milk (canned)

1 frozen banana

2 tbsp chia seeds

½ can pumpkin puree

1-2 tbsp peanut butter

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

2 tsp raisins or 2-3 dates

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp cloves

¼ tsp nutmeg

‘Tis the season for pumpkin mania! This smoothie will satisfy that craving, but unlike the latte version with 50 grams of sugar, won’t have you crashing by noon. The coconut milk and chia seeds provide a healthy dose of fat and the raisins (or dates) add just a touch of sweetness to feel like a treat. Cinnamon is a thermogenic spice, which means it actually helps you burn energy and improves your metabolism!

The peanut butter is a new addition and takes this smoothie to the next level. We split a Pumpkin Spice Perfect Bar recently (have you tried this seasonal flavor!?) and realized PB and pumpkin are the perfect pair.

Freeze an unpeeled banana overnight and blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender for a decadent breakfast or post-workout treat. Your taste buds will find comfort in these flavors like a soft, velvety sweater!

This smoothie will satisfy your pumpkin craving, but unlike the latte version with 50 grams of sugar, won’t have you crashing by noon.

Cranberry Orange Bliss Smoothie

½-1 cup almond milk

1 navel orange

Zest from ¼ orange

1/3 cup coconut milk (canned)

1 cup frozen cranberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup walnuts

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

2 tbsp chia seeds

¼ tbsp cinnamon

I look forward to Thanksgiving every year, not for the turkey or the mashed potatoes, but for the chunky cranberry relish my mom and I have been making for years now! This is a creamy, blended variation of our recipe packed with vitamin C, essential fatty acids, protein, fiber and a kick of selenium from the pumpkin seeds.

You can usually find frozen cranberries in the freezer section, but if you can’t, grab a few bags around the holiday and freeze them to use all winter. Blend and enjoy!

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