Hot pumpkin spiced this, and hot pumpkin spiced that.... what about cold pumpkin something?
Updated: Aug 31, 2019
Its coming… I know it is! And not just because every coffee shop is advertising the year long anticipated beverage, but because the local u-pick is opening the patch to the public in just 2 weeks. Yes, you guessed it Pumpkin Spice Season has arrived! There will be lattes, smoothies, cookies, muffins, doughnuts, and every possible thing that you can think of with that magical spice. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against it. I have been seen with my leggings, and boots latte in hand once or twice. Its just not something that I get too excited about. So, imagine my surprise when I open up my deep freeze to find I still have pumpkin puree from last fall sitting there. Somehow it must have been forgotten, because I do enjoy pumpkin! I didn’t want to throw it out, but it needed to be used up before fresh pumpkin took its place.
Since it is still summer and too warm to think about making pumpkin soup or turning on my oven to bake muffins I came up with a better plan. PUMPKIN-banana soft serve! DQ makes a pumpkin pie blizzard, so why not put a lower sugar, higher nutrient spin on it? I have got to say it turned out fantastic!
Curious and want to give it a try? Well pay close attention and you may be able to master this on your own. The ingredient list is extensive. Frozen bananas, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. That’s it. Honestly! The directions are just as complicated.
1. Slice up 4 bananas, lay them on a parchment lined cookie sheet a freeze. I always keep frozen bananas on hand, because I enjoy them as a sweet snack. It will take about 2 hours for them to freeze.
2. Take them out of the freezer and place them into a food processor along with the pumpkin puree (this needs to be mostly thawed out).
3. Add in 2 tsp cinnamon, and a sprinkle of ginger and nutmeg or until your spice liking. Process until smooth, and voila! A tasty pumpkin spice treat, that you won’t need boots or a scarf for, but rather enjoy it with your shorts and flip flops!
You can make a big batch of it and store it in an air-tight container in the freezer for snacks down the road. It will just have to sit at room temperature for a little while before you will be able to scoop it out without bending your spoon in half!