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