Pumpkin Spice Mango Yogurt Pudding

My sister, Christine recently sent me a recipe for a pumpkin smoothie with a banana and Greek yogurt base. This reminded me of a mango sweet potato smoothie I used to make with yogurt. I set out to fuse these recipes into a pumpkin spice mango smoothie and the result was so deliciously creamy that I ate it with a spoon and decided to call it pudding. Get your pumpkin spice fill with this rich pudding that is delicious enough to be a dessert and healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

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Ingredients:

makes 2 servings (It is pretty thick, so I do not recommend doubling as it may not blend properly. If you have a crowd, just make it in batches.)

  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt (you can sub in low-fat yogurt, but you will lose some of the richness)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use up to 3 tablespoons if you want it really sweet or go without if you are trying to cut out sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

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Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix and blend. You might have better luck starting on a low variable speed and gradually increasing to high speed.

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Super Sweet Green Power Mint Smoothie

Green smoothies don’t have to taste so salad-y. This smoothie is deliciously sweet and aside from the gorgeous color, you will hardly notice the healthy stash of spinach. If you don’t have fresh mint, you can (surprisingly) substitute fresh basil and it tastes AMAZING. My husband Shawn first made me a smoothie with basil and I was very skeptical until I tried it. Try it both ways and let me know which you prefer. I’ve also tried fresh parsley and can definitively tell you I am not a fan. However my mom swears by parsley in her smoothies and Shawn likes it too, so you never know until you try it.

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Ingredients:

makes 1-2 servings

  • 1 cup green grapes (or red – green is just prettier)
  • 1 orange, peeled and torn into sections
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • 1 handful spinach
  • a few mint leaves (or basil, or parsley as discussed above)

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Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend (make sure fresh fruits are at the bottom with frozen on top so the blender doesn’t get stuck).

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Easy Flour-less Banana Pancakes

I just heard about this idea yesterday, made it last night and felt like I should post right away because these pancakes are incredibly delicious and even more incredibly easy to make. I was talking with my sister and she mentioned that she makes pancakes with just bananas and eggs since some members of her family have food restrictions that would completely rule out regular pancakes. I was surprised how much they really taste like regular pancakes and how delicious they really are. I added a few things in, but I experimented with just banana and egg first and you could literally make them just like that if you want a super simple healthy breakfast.

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Ingredients:

makes 1 small serving (Just multiply by the number of people. If your crowd is hungry, make 2 servings per person.)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed (You can totally skip this if you don’t have it. I made them both ways and debated which one to post, but I think the flax version came out a little more fluffy.)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

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Instructions:

  1. Grease skillet with 1 tablespoon oil or generously with non-stick cooking spray and heat to medium or medium high heat.
  2. Mix all ingredients making sure banana is mashed thoroughly. I made a small batch and mashed it in a bowl, but a blender might work better for a large batch.Flourless Banana Pancakes 2
  3. Pour on skillet, flip when ready. They take a little longer to cook than regular pancakes and can be just a little harder to flip. It’s probably best to keep them on the smaller side for flipping ease. My current flipping success rate is 2 out of 3, but with regular pancakes it really isn’t much better to be honest.
  4. Eat with natural maple syrup, peanut butter, sliced strawberries, or whatever suits your fancy.

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Cinnamon Peach Pineapple Smoothie

I love to jazz up my smoothies with herbs and spices. This 4-ingredient smoothie is super easy and super delicious. If you want to give it a health kick, throw in some spinach or kale. It you want to serve it as dessert, add a drizzle of honey.

Ingredients:

makes 1-2 servings

  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

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Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in blender (be sure to put the fresh fruit at the bottom and frozen fruit on top so the blender doesn’t get stuck) and blend.

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5 Minute Salsa

Once you make fresh salsa, you won’t want to buy canned again. It is so easy and awesomely delicious. I could call it 2 minute salsa really, but I’m giving you 5 minutes in case you are slow at chopping or have to rummage around in the refrigerator to find all of your ingredients. My basic recipe is a mild salsa but feel free to spice it up to your liking by adding more jalapeno or using a hotter pepper.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons jalapeno (or pepper of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed for juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

  1. This one has just one step: chop and mix all ingredients.

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Basic Guacamole

If you don’t already have your own basic guacamole recipe, it is time to get one. I keep guacamole ingredients on hand at all times. Of course it goes great with tacos and nachos. But I pair it with salads, burgers and even have it for breakfast with the Spicy Pineapple Breakfast Plate. What about avocados you say? Let them ripen on the counter (until they are slightly soft when squeezed, but without mushy spots), then put them in the refrigerator if you aren’t ready to use them. Or just make guacamole and eat it.

Recipe:

serves 2-3

  • 1 ripe avocado sliced
  • 1/2 lime (or use a whole lime if you like a lot of zing)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced jalapeno
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mash with a fork until mixed.
  2. Eat.
  3. Make again.
  4. Share this time.

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