Ok, so don't shoot me after all my oh summer is going by too fast talk. And then I turn around and give you this smoothie. Because this creation immediately got me thinking fall. During the fall, I basically turn orange because all.things.pumpkin. And sweet potato. And squash. I can't stop. Just wait, this blog will be overrun with pumpkin things. But anyway, I'll try and keep it together, as it is still 85 degrees out here today.
So this smoothie might be a good go-between, end of summer treat. Hearty enough for a satisfying breakfast or snack (or dessert!) with the sweet potato and warm pumpkin pie spice, like a sweet potato pie...minus the whole bake in the oven and make your house all hot part. Just blend it up and you're ready to go.
This smoothie came to mind when I was staring at the saddest squished half of a leftover baked sweet potato in the fridge, contemplating what to do with it. It had been sitting there for days. I debated whether or not to toss it in the garbage, as Reese showed no interest in finishing it off. But, I not only hate wasting food, and absolutely hate throwing food away! And organic sweet potatoes are not cheap. So, after my lightbulb moment, I cubed that sucker up and tossed it in our non-fancy pants blender with some frozen banana chunks, two handfuls of fresh spinach, some unsweetened almond milk, a small scoop of chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice and the secret ingredient - a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses. Do you know about molasses? Blackstrap molasses is a great sweetener to add to your lineup - it is rich in iron, magnesium and calcium, as well as important trace minerals like copper and manganese. A definite staple in our pantry.
And a few ice cubes to get it really cold, and a touch of water to thin it out. I couldn't believe how delicious and creamy the end result was because of the sweet potato and banana! And raw pecans are a must for the top - a great source of healthy fats.
Of course, Reese is my most critical smoothie judge around here. And this one got the seal of approval from her. Yes, vegetables for the win! As I have said before, I love that smoothies are a great way to get an extra dose of veggies and greens added to your day- so important for toddlers and busy adults alike! Hope you give it a try!
Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1/2 baked + chilled leftover sweet potato (peeled and cubed)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1-2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend
- Raw pecans for topping
- First add spinach to the blender, followed by sweet potato and banana.
- Blend with almond milk, add water and ice to thin as needed.
- Add chia seeds, molasses and spices at the end.
- Top with raw pecans, and enjoy!