Today as I drove past Jamba Juice, I really wanted to stop and get a Pumpkin Smash smoothie. I've found that if I ask for frozen peaches in place of the frozen yogurt, it becomes non-dairy/no refined sugar and is still really yummy. But it gets expensive to go there all the time. Plus I need to figure out how to make my own.
I saw a recipe online for the Pumpkin Smash by a guy who says he watched what they put in, went home, tried guessing at the measurements and got it right But I didn't have frozen peaches and wondered if I could make a creamy version with frozen bananas. Wrong!
First of all, I didn't have fresh pumpkin innerds, which would have probably tasted better. Canned pumpkin is good for baked goods, but probably not as fresh and tasty (or nutrient-dense) in something fresh. So I put 1/2 a big can (what I had left from making pumpkin/zucchini wheat bread a few weeks ago) + 3 frozen bananas, a cup of almond milk and a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice in the Vitamix. Not very good at all. I added another banana and it still wasn't great. It needed more nutmeg, cloves and more sweetening (and more of a frozen taste). It needed the frozen peaches!
So I put the mixture in the freezer to be on hold until I get some peaches. It will probably be next week because we'll be out of town this weekend. I'll keep trying though. I know that the Jamba Juice spy used soy milk, and soy milk is creamier than almond milk (at least when I make hot cocoa in my Cocoamotion), but I like using almond milk when I can. Don't know if it did me any favors though tonight.
And of course, once I perfect it, I'll sneak in some greens. Stay tuned because I definitely want to find the ultimate way to make these.
Here's a guy who made a pumpkin pie smoothie. He used dates to sweeten it up. Good idea (I ran out of dates yesterday though -- need to get more at Costco next time). Looks like he had the same general idea that I did -- frozen bananas and almond milk. He did use fresh pumpkin though. Good for him!