Pumpkin Oat Smoothie

Whether or not I'm ready, it's now officially fall! It’s the season when nearly everywhere you turn, recipes are popping up for pies, muffins, breads and cookies with that sweet, spiced pumpkin flavor. Despite feeling like summer flew by a little too quickly, it’s my favorite season - and I can't help but join in the autumn obsession.

Most pumpkin recipes I come across are for decadent treats topped with cream cheese frosting, pancakes perfect for a special occasion (and best served with butter) or pies with a spoonful of whipped cream. While I love all of those, I decided I needed at least one pumpkin recipe that’s healthy. I wanted to enjoy the flavors of fall without starting my day with loads of sugar and butter.

The result? This Pumpkin Oat Smoothie.

Pumpkin Oat Smoothie
Yields 2 servings

1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1-2 tablespoons honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup rolled oats
Handful of ice

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with additional oats and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice (optional). Serve and enjoy!

Quick Tip: For variations on this recipe, try adding a banana or a spoonful of almond butter. Or, if you just can’t resist pumpkin desserts, make it a milkshake by using vanilla ice cream instead of yogurt (and adjust the amount of honey accordingly). 

This post was originally featured by Bright, Bold & Beautiful.