Recipe: Warm Cider Pumpkin Smoothie

Things are getting chilly up here in Ontario, which means I’m looking for ways to take the frost out of my smoothies. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of blended drinks as a way to kickstart recovery from a spirited workout, but when the snow starts flying  I don’t always crave a cold drink. So I’m turning up the heat on #makeyourownfuelfridays with this toasty apple cider smoothie with just the perfect hint of pumpkin sweetness. Greek yogurt adds muscle-mending protein and the nut butter is here for satiating fats. The spices and vanilla make it taste oh-so seasonal.

Most often, I’ll make this ahead of my workouts and then pour into my trusty Hydro Flask so it’s ready to go soon after I hop off the trainer – yep, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to riding outside in the cold.

This would also work with cooked butternut squash or sweet potato.

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Warm Cider Pumpkin Smoothie

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1 cup apple cider

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

2 teaspoons almond butter or walnut butter

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  1. Place apple cider and water in a saucepan and warm until it just reaches a simmer.
  1. Pour apple cider mixture into a blender container and add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.

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