We have reached a stage of the year best described as “seasonal confusion.” It feels a little bit summer, a little bit fall, and 100% a reason to sip a frosty Pumpkin Milkshake.
On the summer side, I never want to put away my flip flops. I’m still savoring fresh tomatoes, and I might just cry when the last juicy peach leaves the produce shelves.
Last night, I confronted both seasons in the middle of my bedroom floor. I returned from a foodie trip to Columbus, Ohio (check my Instagram feed for the highlights!), then this morning, less than 24 hours later, I departed for a wedding in the Colorado mountains. I was home exactly long enough to repack my suitcase and confirm that my dog still knows who I am.
The breezy tops came out of the suitcase; the scarves went in. As I folded my flannel shirts and sweaters, I felt a familiar tingle: the excitement for fall.
Every year, I feel guilty rushing fall, because summer feels so short. Can’t I have my fall and my summer too?
This Pumpkin Milkshake recipe says YES. It’s the cozy flavors of fall transformed into a cool, creamy treat that’s perfect for these last warm days.
A lightened-up version of a pumpkin pie milkshake, this healthy pumpkin shake recipe tastes anything but!
Here’s the scoop, er, sip on the ingredients:
- Canned pumpkin. Hello, vitamins!
- Frozen banana. My trick to making the shake taste thick, creamy, and sweet, and sneaking in a serving of fruit at the same time. I tried the recipe both with and without it, and I definitely preferred the version WITH the banana. It was sweeter, frostier, and the banana flavor was nearly undetectable. All you’ll taste is pure pumpkin spice bliss.
- Lots of warm spices.
- Graham crackers. The “crust” to this yummy pumpkin pie–inspired dessert.
- Kemps No Sugar Added Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. A freezer staple in our ice-cream-loving household.
I was first introduced to Kemps when I moved to Minneapolis after college graduation. The company began as a small family creamery in southeastern Minnesota and has since expanded throughout the upper Midwest, including to my current home state of Wisconsin. I first bought Kemps products for their quality and taste. Since learning about the company’s commitment to sourcing its milk from nearby local