All of the great flavors of pumpkin pie come together in these healthy Skinny Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes!
This week was supposed to be my epic Get-Caught-Up-On-All-Matters-Of-Life-And-Blogging-And-Feel-On-TOP-Of-Things-Again week.
I had grand lists made up this past Monday for everything from laundry to developing zillions of recipes to conquering my inbox to registering my car tags and everything else that has found its way to my to-do list this past month.
And people, I don’t know how this happens to me, but I’d say pretty much 20% of everything I wanted to do actually got done. Which means about 80% did not. Gah. How does that happen? It was definitely a great week, but not the fabulously productive one in the ways that I was hoping.
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Still, there were a few sweet moments of surprise this week that are worth noting:
1) I found out that the Thanksgiving line of Hallmark cards was released. So I dropped everything (hence, the lack of productiveness) to run to the store to see for myself. Sure enough, my little hopes came true — my dog is now on a Hallmark Card!!! I’m so proud of my little guy!
2) Speaking of Hallmark, I was back in this past week to work on a food shoot. But instead of food styling on my own like usual, I had the chance to assist a pro food stylist, which was awesome!!! I have been dabbling some in studio food styling this last year, but my role has been nearly all self-taught. So it was extra sweet to finally get to work under someone and ask a zillion questions and learn some more secrets. And use a blow torch.
3) Had no idea that season two of The Mindy Project was premiering this week. She rocked her new short hair cut!
4) I decided that I am finally learning to like eggplant. Especially when it is roasted and pureed in a dip.
5) And this delicious “skinny” pumpkin pie milkshake was born!
Actually, I was planning to make a homemade pumpkin spice latte instead this week. But when the temps soared back into the 90s again, I decided to go for a frozen treat instead.
Our family grew up obsessed with making homemade milkshakes, but they almost always involved scoops upon scoops of ice cream. I’m totally down with that some days. But I thought it would be fun to experiment with a “skinny” milkshake instead. I happened to have almond milk and Greek yogurt in the fridge. So I combined those with some pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spices and vanilla. And then blended in some frozen banana and ice cubes for thickness. And voila!
This Skinny Pumpkin Pie Milkshake was born! It might be more accurately classified as a smoothie. But there’s a lot of tasty milk in there. So I vote we call it a healthy milkshake. ;)
Perfect for fall, perfect for a healthy sweet tooth craving, and perfect for crazy-wonderful-unpredictable weeks.
Dying when I read this–we had literally the same week! (Well, same goals: Laundry, recipe genius, curing cancer, etc). Though I wasn’t as productive as I wished, I can still have a milkshake, right? ;-)
I can’t believe how hot it got again this week. Perfect milkshake weather.
I love the Henry card!
Your dog is on a Hallmark card. That is so cool and so stickin cute! I have to go buy that card!!
Love the smoothie even though it is 20 degrees here right now. Yup, 20! Still want it though!
How cute is that card! Can I have his autograph? :) I will take a shake too! YUM!
Ali! We have pumpkin drinks on the brain today, love it! Your pup is too cute!! Love that he made it big time :) xoxo
Love this!! I can have my pumpkin pie with no guilt! :)
This looks like the best milkshake EVER! And your dog?? He’s famous!! That is amazing! What a cute card!
Awwww, love the Hallmark card! Congrats, Ali! And that blow torth method is awesome.
And this milkshake? Get in my belly! I could have this every day, all year long!
This milkshake is perfect! Sometimes I need some fall in my life without going all out on those pumpkin spice lattes… :)
This sounds amazing!! No surprise there, though, because I am obsessed with pumpkin ;). I cannot wait to make a vegan version!
This looks so delicious!!! Can’t wait to try!!!
I cannot wait to try this pumpkin pie milkshake, it looks delicious! Also – oh goodness, that dog card – congrats, what a proud mama moment!
Yum! Can’t wait to try this and love that it’s skinny!
That card is too cute! So excited to have a lightened up pumpkin shake! Can’t wait to make this.
Your little guy is TOO cute!!
I love this and want to say thank you for not using any fake sugar free foods to make this “skinny”!! I could drink this every morning. xo
Your dog is adorable! This milkshake needs to make an appearance at my house soon! So good!
This looks SSSSSOOOOOOOOO good! Do you have the nutriction numbers for this……esp. the calorie/carbs. Thanks!!
Mmmmm, yum!! This looks great!!
Those pictures blew me out of the water. Wait, is that even a saying? I don’t know, it sounds like it would be.Anyway.. yeah these look great!
I’m going to have to make this for breakfast… yum!
Love, love, love this!
I made this shake as my post -workout treat! So yummy! I made a few changes – I used Vanilla Almond Coconut milk and fat free Greek yogurt. Since I gad vanilla in my milk, I didn’t add the extract. I also only used 1 tsp. of honey. Your shake is the perfect snack – under 150 calories per shake. (I got 2 shakes using the amounts from the recipe)
Fat: 1.75 g
Thanks to you, I have a delicious and healthy treat to savor after I exercise!
Yum!! Love this and LOVE LOVE LOVE your little dog! So cute :)
This is perfectly pumpkiny and I am in a pretty pumpkiny mood!! this looks perfect girl!
What a fun fall treat when the weather cannot remember it is suppose to be cool.
Oh my, this is a dream in a glass :) I absolutely love it! Can’t wait to drink this up
Omgosh – sounds delish. What would you recommend using instead of a banana? (I can’t stand ’em!) Thanks for the great idea!
Oh my gosh I’m visiting from Pinterest because your photos are amazing!! I just picked up a pumpkin pie pumpkin, baked it and it’s waiting for something marvelous to happen.
Rest assured, you are not alone in writing ambitious lists only to have life come up and only check one or two things off of it. ;)
This looks deeeelicious! HAVE to try it! Can’t wait to take a sip!
I made this, expecting a boring healthy flavor like I normally get with my pumpkin smoothies, and absolutely LOVED it! What a fantastic surprise, and such a treat!