Pumpkin Smoothie

Serves 1

This smoothie is thick enough to also make a great smoothie bowl, if you prefer.

1 frozen banana
½ cup yogurt
½ cup milk of your choice: dairy, soy, oat, flax, etc.
2 Tb maple syrup or other sweetener
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup almonds or almond butter
1 Tb ground flax seed
1 Tb chia seeds
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground dried ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 scoop vanilla protein powder; I prefer unsweetened but use your favorite

Blend together in a regular or smoothie blender that has a heavy-duty blade strong enough to crush the almonds if you are using them. I like the added texture of starting with whole almonds but using almond butter will give you a smoother result and is just as delicious.
This smoothie is thick enough to also make a great smoothie bowl if you prefer. Just pour your pumpkin smoothie into a bowl and top with your choice of fresh fruits and nuts such as diced apple, sliced banana, blueberries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and/or dried cranberries. A little sprinkle of cinnamon on top is nice as well.

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