pumpkin pie smoothie

Lately I've been having some fun coming up with seasonal drinks and cocktails.  I don't even care if it's totally expected to make pumpkin flavored drinks, I unabashedly love them.  Bring on the pumpkin! Last year I made a pumpkin milkshake, but I wanted something a bit different this year (not so milky), so instead here's a little pumpkin pie smoothie recipe!  It's still pretty dessert-y compared to a regular fruit smoothie, but definitely not as heavy as a milkshake.

Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix Puree (frozen)
Chai tea concentrate (I used oregon chai)
Vanilla Soy Milk
Pumpkin pie spice (just a couple dashes)

To make the smoothie, just put equal parts of each ingredient in a blender, blend for a bit until smooth, and voila!  Pumpkin pie in a glass.  To get the texture of a smoothie, I froze the amount I needed of the pumpkin pie mix before hand, so instead of having to add any ice cubes to give it that smoothie-ness, the frozen pumpkin gets blended up.  Just measure out the amount of pumpkin pie puree and put it in a tupper ware or some other freezer friendly container and stick it in the freezer until it's solid enough to blend well.  I froze mine overnight, but you probably only need to freeze it for a couple hours.  I used 1 cup of each ingredient and it came out to about 1.5 servings, so I bet 1.5 cups of each would give you a nice solid 2 servings (16oz each)

I garnished the top of mine with a bit of crumbled graham cracker, you know, for fanciness.  Garnishes always make things more fancy.  If you used those cinnamon graham crackers it'd probably be even more fancy!  I also dashed some pumpkin pie spice in the blender, but if you don't have that you can always toss in some cinnamon or nutmeg if you like!

(I got the striped straws are from amazon, in case you were wondering.  Someone always asks, so I thought I'd preemptively answer, heh.  I got them for the mimosas at our wedding, but I still have leftovers!)