Not many Americans grow their own pumpkins any more (how would we get the requisite picture of our children in a pumpkin patch?!?). We prefer to spend too much money on them at the store. Then we carve them up and throw them away.
Then we go to the store and buy cans of pumpkin so we can make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, etc.
Yup, we're goofy.
Then I cut up the roasted pieces and put them in my food processor...
and pureed them. My pumpkins were a little bit dry, so I added about 1/3 c of water to the puree to get it looking pretty, like this.
This is the part where, if I was cool, I would have put about 1 cup into 1 qt size ziploc freezer bags. But I didn't have any of those, all my freezer bags are gallon size. So I put 1 cup into fold over sandwich bags, and put those in a giant freezer bag.
1 c apple juice (I prefer 100% juice, rather than something with high fructose corn syrup)
2 dollops vanilla chobani yogurt (Probably about 1/2-3/4 c)
1 frozen banana
1 c frozen pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp vanilla
Place all ingredients in blender, puree til smooth. I did discover that the huge chunk of pumpkin takes a lot of time, I ended up having to cut mine into smaller pieces. In the future, I will probably freeze some pumpkin in ice cube trays, ala baby food style, to avoid this problem.
My boys loved this smoothie. So did my husband and I. I also loved that it is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, protein, and potassium. Make it, please. Enjoy!