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Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

Time for another green monster.  A green monster that is fall.  It’s pumpkin, spice, bananas, oats, and–of course–spinach.

Can’t be a green monster without the green.

Pumpkin Pie Green Monster

  • 1 C milk (Fritz and I have graduated to 1%)
  • 1 ripe (frozen, if possible) banana
  • 1/8 C oats
  • 1/3 C pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix!)
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • sprinkle of nutmeg or cloves
  • couple of ice cubes

As always, combine liquids and light stuff on the bottom, weighted down by the banana and ice.  Blend for a few minutes until smooth.

Easy as always.

The pumpkin really makes this into a super smooth green monster with an awesome texture.  Very pumpkin-pie filling like.

I’ve been totally ready for fall weather, but was a little bummed by all the nonstop rain we’d been having.  But this week–should be absolutely gorgeous and sunny (green monster weather!).

Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of this green monster for a little extra spice and hey–top with a little whipped cream if you want to go crazy.  Why not? It’s pumpkin pie!

To do list for the weekend–finally take out the air conditioners and (maybe) switch to our cold-weather comforter.  I like to sleep with the windows open (actually, I like the windoes open all of the time), and our summer blanket just hasn’t been doing it for us.

I always know if it was a little too cold at night when I wake up with Fritz and Henry suction-cupped to me.  Normally Fritz needs his distance when he sleeps, but he’s always willing to steal body heat when necessary.

Lastly–CSA box number 19 was so full of great fall stuff.  Two bags of baby lettuce mix, just in time (we’ve been craving more greens lately).  Golden beets and sweet potatoes?  Gosh.

I love fall.

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  1. Meki

    Looks awesome and healthy :D Makes a good breakfast~

  2. blackhuff

    How do you freeze the banana that it does not become black?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      peel them first!! if you freeze it with the peel, not only does it become black but it’s almost impossible to get the peel off :)

  3. Michelle Sieburg

    Lauren, I’ve been making my green monsters with a 1 c. soymilk instead of regular milk… ever try this? It adds a nutty flavor that I think is amazing.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I actually love soy milk in my tea because of the nutty flavor but I don’t usually have it in the house–I’ve never tried it in a green monster but I bet it’d be awesome! Do you buy vanilla or unflavored?

      1. Michelle Sieburg

        Lauren, I buy unsweetened Silk… the banana is usually all the sugar you need! Gonna try this one tonight so I’ll let you know.

  4. Victoria

    Made this smoothie this morning. Delish! Used almond milk and added sunwarrior protein powder and some matcha tea. Also, since I only had pumpkin pie mix, I eliminated the spices. It was great. Thanks for the recipe. BTW, love your site. Really look forward to seeing your posts.

  5. Rachael

    OMG! Thank you for this recipe. Ive been seeing green monster smoothies popping up everywhere, and as much as I need more veggies in my life, I havent tried one…….but I could totally go for pumpkin pie!

  6. rachelsdigestif

    So in love with this idea! I want one tomorrow for breakfast….might have to make it happen. Thanks for the post!

  7. Dana

    Hi! This looks so great! I was wondering if you knew the nutritional info for it?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I don’t but I’m sure you could input the ingredients into a nutritional calculator online! Sorry :(

  8. Spatoola

    You inspired me to make something similar. Thanks!
    http://stawojo.wordpress.com/2011/10/13/green-pumpkin-pie-smoothie/

  9. Jamie

    Where could I get the nutrition value for this?
    Thank you!

  10. Lee

    mmmmmmm! Can’t wait to make this for breakfast tomorrow morning. I will use unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful photos!

  11. Charlene Austin

    Lauren, I am drinking this right now and it’s amazing. I used Almond Milk, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup frozen Pumpkin purée and 1tsp cinnamon and the fresh nutmeg. To. Die. For! I skipped the oats as I had some in my egg white pancake this morning.

  12. Cat

    Totally delicious! Almond milk works well. I’m pumpkin crazy all year round. I love your measuring cups btw…ridiculously cute =) Your blog rocks, one of my favorite to follow for sure.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks so much!

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