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This month’s Recipe Redux is all about “spooky spices.” We all have spices in our cabinets that we’re not quite sure how to use, so they just sit there. The great thing about spices is that they can add flavor without adding unnecessary sugar, so it’s a good idea to get comfortable using them.
For me, ginger used to be a spooky spice. I avoided it because it has such a strong flavor. I like ginger, but it can be overpowering. So it just sat there in my cabinet.
As I’ve gotten more comfortable experimenting in the kitchen over the years, I’ve embraced my bottle of ground ginger. A little bit goes a long way, so I always start with just a pinch. This pumpkin smoothie recipe illustrates how I add strong seasonings like ginger without going overboard. Try this delicious recipe for a fun fall drink.
- 2 cups milk dairy or non-dairy
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbs pure maple syrup or to taste
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of ground ginger to taste
- pinch of nutmeg to taste
- Place the milk, pumpkin puree, banana, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Taste the smoothie to see what it’s like without the seasonings. Then add the cinnamon, plus a pinch of ground ginger and nutmeg. Taste again and add a little more seasoning as needed. If you add too much, put in a little more pumpkin puree and milk until it tastes just right.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Pumpkin Smoothie Price Breakdown
This recipe costs $1.84 to make, or $.46 per one-cup serving. Try this pumpkin smoothie for a healthy snack that highlights the spices of fall.