We hope you enjoyed a behind the scenes look at Nom Nom Smoothies the other day!
Let's get back to the recipes, though!
Today's recipe is a bit of a "family secret" and while it hasn't yet been passed down generation to generation, it's bound to be.
Why We Love This
Where do we even begin?! This week we have been taste-testing several "pumpkin pie" smoothies to bring to you. They are generally not very good or much like pumpkin pie at all, to be honest. So we haven't posted any.
This vanilla, pumpkin & oats smoothie comes in at under 150 calories per serving. That's incredibly low! You could drink the whole 2-serving batch at one meal though it would be hard to finish as it actually makes quite a bit.
This smoothie doesn't have bananas (a lot of the ones we regularly eat do) so fewer carbs and with a scoop of vanilla protein powder it really hits all the right flavour notes.
How It Tastes
I am home alone today and started with a recipe that was just absolutely awful. I don't understand why someone would put it online to begin with. "This tastes great," nobody ever said.
The one I started with was watery and way too icy, had very little taste and basically wasn't worth pulling the ingredients out for.
So I started playing. I added the rolled oats and some vanilla ... I blended until it was pretty fine. I let it all unthaw a little ... and BOOM! It was fantastic!
Vanilla & pumpkin are very good together. The vanilla sort of opens up the flavours and the pumpkin and almond milk keep it from becoming too metallic tasting.
Now? The recipe below tastes fantastic!
Nutritional Information & Health Benefits
Let's start with the vitamin A. This clocks in at 145% of your RDA of a very important vitamin that we rarely get enough of in our meals. The almond milk means 28% of our calcium needs while staying lactose-free. The scoop of protein powder helps this clock in at a very healthy 6g of protein and just 3g of fat (2:1 ratio is very healthy, as well.)
An extra scoop of the vanilla protein powder and removing the vanilla extract could also make this a much more protein-heavy smoothie recipe. I considered that modification and will try it next time for my own.
As always, our recipes can be copied directly into MyFitnessPal's Recipe Importer and the ingredients should match up perfectly.
Vanilla Oatmeal Smoothie
- 1/4 tsp, Ginger
- 0.50 cup (120g), Canned Pumpkin Puree
- 1.25 cup, Almond
- 0.50 Tsp, Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp(s), Spices, nutmeg, ground
- 2 tsp., Stevia
- 1.50 cup, Ice Cubes
- 15 g, vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp(s), Vanilla extract
- 0.50 cup, Rolled Oats