Thursday, October 31, 2013

Autumn Comfort

The crisp air, the dry leaves crackling underfoot, the smell of wood smoke and tilled earth—one last time before the frost, these speak of autumn. But it also means the air is getting chilly and my tropical, green, chilled smoothies just don't do it for me.

Last year I started experimenting with warming up the (almond-coconut) milk I put in my smoothies, then whizzing it in the blender. This year, I'm going all in with dumping the green or orange slurry right into a saucepan and warming it up. This is what I call a warmie...and I like it thick, almost like pudding.



Into my smoothie I add (in inexact amounts depending what I have on hand or need to use up) goes:

Oats
Chia seeds
Flax seeds
Spinach
Cucumber
Unsweetened coconut-almond milk
(Sometimes) Unsweetened Soy Yogurt (Does anyone know if unsweetened coconut yogurt exists? *Desperate*)
(Sometimes) Almond butter or other nuts
Banana
Fruit du jour: apples, pear, pumpkin (though I suppose this is veggie...) 

A few dashes (okay, alot) of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice. 

Blitz it in the blender, then pour into a saucepan and warm through. Then, I put it in my giant mug and indulge in the creamy flavors of autumn. Warms my belly and my hands ;) And a favorite book is the perfect companion. See my Goodreads sidebar to find out what's on my shelf. Happy Halloween!


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