(UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed.)
The Scrumptious Flavors of Pumpkin Pie Beautifully Blended Into a Smoothie
A traditional Thanksgiving Day spread simply would not be the same without the decadent and delicious addition of the perfect pumpkin pie in all of its cool and creamy glory; and I, like many of you, cannot wait to sink my fork into a rich and silky slice!
And while I very much look forward to having that big slice of pie on turkey day, and enjoying every last little morsel and crumb that there is of it on my dessert plate, I begin craving the flavor of those warming pumpkin pie spices from the moment we officially hit the fall season each and every year, and I have a hard time staying away from eating pie all season long.
So in order to satisfy my taste for sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice, I like to get a little creative with some of the more good-for-you ingredients that are readily available these days, and create my own delicious concoctions that have a healthier slant, and that I don't have to feel guilty about enjoying.
Enter this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, brimming with low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt, organic pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and just a couple of organic graham crackers (because you've got to have “pie crust” of course)—the perfect tidbits to create those crave-able flavors of pumpkin pie, only in smoothie form.
And as important as those quality ingredients are to making this yummy treat, in order to make the richest, creamiest, most finely-blended smoothie, you must also have a great blender, and that is where the Wolf Gourmet blender comes in!
Going From No Blender, To No Ordinary Blender
Would you believe me if I told you that for the past three years I've haven't had a blender?
You may ask, “How is that possible for someone who makes their living creating recipes and cooking to not have a blender?!”
Here's how: I've happily relied upon using my food processor and my hand-held immersion blender, and felt that those two pretty much covered all of my needs— simply adore those!
I must admit, though, that I have had moments where I did consider purchasing a blender, especially in those warmer months when a cold and creamy smoothie or frosty blended margarita would beckon to myself and my husband; but I just put it off, imagining that I'd eventually take the plunge and get one... some day...
So when the folks at Wolf Gourmet recently contacted me and asked if I'd try out their blender and share an honest review of my experience here on The Cozy Apron, I jumped at the chance.
Wolf is a world-renowned, top kitchen appliance brand, so I couldn't wait to try it out.
Plus, they even offered to provide a blender to give away to one of our lucky readers—how amazing is that?!
(Find out how to enter the giveaway below!)
The Bells & Whistles
For starters, I was very pleasantly surprised by how sturdy the blender is, which is a big plus for me; it's clearly designed to last, with a stable base and a large, 64 ounce un-breakable blender pitcher (BPA-free), ideal for adding in larger quantities of soup, or for making smoothies/drinks for multiple people. I appreciate this because I don't have to blend in batches!
And something that is a “must” for me when it comes to a blender is that it will blend ice completely, without leaving chunks or unprocessed pieces (not good eats). This blender did a beautiful job when I put it to the test making this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. Its impressive 2.4 peak horsepower motor (!) and blades processed all of my smoothie ingredients into a silky-smooth finish at lightning speed, making for an incredibly creamy and delicious smoothie.
The blender also features an easy-to-read LCD display, along with four programmed settings: “smoothie”, “puree”, “soup”, and “ice crush”. These convenient, one-touch settings make all sorts of delicious recipes such as soup, sauces, dressings, or those icy blended drinks a total snap to prepare—the possibilities are endless!
Of course, quality is of utmost importance, so when I'm considering adding an appliance or gadget to my kitchen, I'm not looking for something that will only end up taking up space on my counter, and that I won't ever end up using. With this blender, the quality and craftsmanship is clearly top notch, and I can imagine enjoying this amazing kitchen tool for many years to come. The blender's sleek, stainless steel finish is both stylish and makes it easy to wipe clean. And the pretty red variable speed dial—this is my favorite little touch, because I love a splash of color!
Having my own Wolf Gourmet blender has definitely made a “blender believer” out of me, and has totally got me excited about coming up with many other recipes that will benefit from a good “blend”!
Tips & Tidbits
- Add flax seeds for extra omegas: We like to add in 1 tablespoon of flax seeds when we're looking to sneak in some additional omega fats, but take note that it will impart a slightly more “nutty” flavor to the smoothie. (Still delicious, though!)
- Organic pumpkin puree is best: If you can find good quality, organic pumpkin puree, that is best; just make sure you don't use pumpkin pie filling—this is not the same, and has lots of sugar!
- Honey in place of maple: Maple is one of the best unrefined sweeteners out there; but honey is also very good for you, and can be used as a substitute. It will offer a slightly different flavor, however, where maple has more of a “brown sugar” essence to it, which is great for this smoothie.
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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
by Ingrid Beer
Yield: 2 Servings (8 oz each)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
• 1 cup (slightly heaping) ice (I use bagged ice)
• 1 cup low-fat, Greek vanilla yogurt
• ½ cup organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
• ¼ cup pure maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• ¼ teaspoon (scant) cinnamon
• 5 organic graham cracker squares (can use gluten-free, as well), divided use
-Place the ice, yogurt, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and four of the graham cracker squares into your blender, and blend on high (or the “smoothie” setting on the Wolf Gourmet blender) until completely smooth; pour into glasses.
-Crush the 1 remaining graham cracker square, and sprinkle it over top of the smoothies as a “pie crust” garnish, and sprinkle a touch more cinnamon, if desired, over top, as well.
(*In exchange for my honest review of their product, Wolf Gourmet provided me with my own blender, plus the opportunity to offer a second one as a gift to one of our readers. All views and opinions expressed are solely my own. You can shop for this blender at Williams-Sonoma, where you can find out more details about the product, as well.)
Rebecca Fornell is now the proud owner of a brand new Wolf Gourmet Blender!
Sincere thanks to all those who participated!