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You Know it’s Early Fall When…

September 6, 2011


You step out onto your porch in the morning and are met with chilly air.

But by mid-afternoon, you’re in shorts and break a sweat just by walking from your apartment to your car.

You have fierce smoothie cravings.

But need a cup of hot tea afterwards.

You want to include pumpkin in everything you eat (or drink).

But are still plowing away at your peach supply.

You long for scarves and sweaters.

But jeans feel so constricting after wearing dresses, shorts and skirts for the past 4 months.

Or maybe my jeans just don’t fit…

Well, there’s not much I can do about the jeans, but I do know how to take care of those pumpkin and smoothie cravings with just one recipe.

Early Fall Pumpkin Smoothie

Get it while it’s hot… er, cold?  Who knows!


  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips


  • Blend flour, milk, peanut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, banana and pumpkin on high until well mixed.
  • Add ice cubes and blend again on high.
  • Add chocolate chips and blend on low just until chunky.





I topped mine with more peanut butter, granola and homemade coconut butter.

Yeah, you heard me right.  Homemade.coconut.butter.  Good lord, so good.




Also I feel you should know I started this post while drinking a smoothie and now I’m ending it while drinking tea.  Early fall is a very confused time.


Finish this sentence: You know it’s early fall when…

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2011 9:41 AM

    Very clever post Lauren — I love it!

    Hmm, you know it’s early fall when you love wearing closed toe shoes and boots, but miss showing off your summer pedi

  2. September 6, 2011 11:13 AM

    Yum! Haha I definetly know the early fall feeling 🙂

  3. September 6, 2011 12:32 PM

    Pumpkin! In a smoothie! Love the fall/summer combo 😀 And everything with pumpkin. Can’t go wrong with that. And you know it’s early fall when your coworker shows up in a winter hat. Yeah, still trying to figure that one out…

  4. September 6, 2011 1:05 PM

    That is exactly how the weather was today in PDX. It’s supposed to be a hot week, here, but I had to wait 5 minutes to pull out of the driveway because the windows wouldn’t de-fog!
    And that’s the second pumpkin smoothie recipe I’ve seen in 2 days that has made me want to drop everything and run to the store for a can of pumpkin. Yum.

  5. September 6, 2011 2:58 PM

    yes! I’m loving all of the pumpkin recipes. I’m still waiting for the stores to pick out some pumpkin though :C

    I know it’s early fall when Friday night Football games begin! Love ’em.

  6. September 7, 2011 9:41 AM

    This smoothie is right up my alley. I just love pumpkin. I can’t wait to include it in everything come fall!

  7. September 7, 2011 9:26 PM

    I can’t find pumpkin like anywhere in my city and it’s making me super sad 😦

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