Hi guys! I hope you all had a great week and that my American readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving day too. The festive season is surely upon us. Check out these pics i snapped at the mall last night…
Anyway, i got a request (From my namesake Joyce) to share the recipe for the Pumpkin pie smoothie pictured in my previous post so, here it is.
1 glass/cup of milk
1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
2 frozen bananas
1 tbs honey (you can use 2-3 dates instead)
1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon + ginger + nutmeg)
Place all the ingredients into a blender (milk first). Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass, pop in a straw and serve immediately.
To answer any questions you might have…
I made the pumpkin puree by first scooping out the pumpkin seeds then heating up the pumpkin in the microwave for about 7 minutes. Simply wrap the pumpkin in parchment paper (the kind used for baking) and poke a few holes in the paper to let the steam out (then heat the pumpkin). You can also use an oven for this step though that will take longer.
Using frozen bananas ensures a creamier and chilled smoothie (in my opinion). If you don’t have frozen bananas, a few ice cubes will suffice. And no, they will not thin out the smoothie 😀
I haven’t seen any pumpkin pie spice being sold here in Nairobi but you can make your own by mixing:
Be careful with the spices. I had to adjust the proportions to my liking afterwards (didn’t measure that out, sorry). Also, instead of throwing away the pumpkin seeds like i did (wasteful much?), you can roast them and have them as a snack later.
There are so many ways to make this smoothie. This is just one way and next time am definitely going to do it differently.
Since am on the topic of food and festivities (kinda), i couldn’t help but notice that Macaroni and Cheese is a favourite Thanksgiving dish, (and turkey too of course, but i’ve had that…never had Mac & cheese though) so, i’ll be making some soon (minus the butter). And i also want to try out the Green bean casserole. I think its safe to say i’ll be packing on some extra weight this season -_- (I have a confession to make about how my fitness journey is going but i’ll save that for later 😮 )
Totally random: Fav tracks at the moment as in whats on my playlist as i blog – this very moment 🙂
Regina Spektor – Samson
Regina Spektor – The call
Anna Kendrick – Cups (when am gone)
Ben Howard – Oats in the water
The civil wars – The one that got away
Bruno Mars – Talking to the moon
Am going to stop here elsewise this is going to be a very VERY long post.