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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie & Latte Recipes (& a surprise)

   Happy Weekend, my friends. It feels like Fall. For real. Like, I'm wearing socks and a thin sweater... And it's 65 degrees. Gotta admit, a little scared for my trip to Indy for Influence Conference next week... with it's high of 64 and low of 43 (scary for this California wimp!) But I am so excited to whip out my boots, throw on leg warmers, and maybe wear a jacket! As I start slowly packing for the conference, just wanted to stop in this weekend and leave you with a couple things to make you smile. I've had a requests on Twitter & Instagram (@erin_sweetnessitselfblog) for the Pumpkin recipes I've posted this week. I bought a can of pumpkin and made homemade versions of my 2 favorite treats: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Pumpkin Smoothies from Jamba Juice. 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie


2 cups fat free vanilla frozen yogurt 
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups ice 


Add all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Divide smoothie among two glasses! Makes 2 16 ounce smoothies or 4 8 oz (1 cup) servings.

Recipe adapted from this source. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte 


1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
1 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk - sweeter and lower calorie)
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (and a pinch for dusting later)
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 
OR pumpkin pie spice instead of using above spices.
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups strong coffee 
whipped cream 
          (I made mine homemade: pour 1/2 cup of very cold half and half into a chilled metal mixing bowl, add a few drops of vanilla extract and blend with a handheld mixer until cream stiffens into desired whipped cream!) 


Mix together milk, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg (or the pumpkin pie spice), brown sugar, and vanilla. Pour into a small saucepan and cook over low heat until milk is warm and begins to froth (about 5 minutes.) Remove from heat. 

Pour pumpkin mixture into your favorite coffee mug and then add the pumpkin mixture. Stir, add sugar to taste. And top it with a little whipped cream! 

Recipe adapted from this source.

Love these because, really - who wants to shell out $5 every time they have a craving? If you view the websites I found the recipes on, they are also lower calorie and sugar!

Oh, and if pumpkin everything wasn't enough to make you smile, here's another reason: 

 The guys wanted to stop in and say hi - 

Happy Fall, y'all.
(I've really been wanting to say that.)

Remember that you are loved.




  1. Yeah so going to use that recipe like all the time! Those pictures are awesome! Definitely made my night!

  2. Thank you so much for posting these recipes! I cannot wait to try them out. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. You are amazing! I love those 'hey girl' pics. Ha ha. Too cute! I found a recipe for pumpkin spice in the crock pot... But this is nice because its quicker! (:

    Happy fall!!!

  4. what funny hey girls! haha
    and i had no idea you could buy a can of pumpkin?
    i was just in the grocery store earlier today wishing i knew how to make pumpkin related things. now i know how! thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Have fun at the conference, can't wait to hear about it!

    I've been making a similar pumpkin pie smoothie with banana instead of frozen yogurt and drinking it for good!


  6. I love the last verse<3 And i love your sweet spirit. :) And those recipes looks delicious. I just made pumpkin spice cookies today with a friend, and they were amazing. I can't get over how good pumpkin flavors are.

  7. I didn't think this post could get any better after the pumpkin recipes and then Channing popped up! ahah :) best surprise ever!!

    We don't have canned pumpkin here so I might use fresh - this recipes look delicious!

  8. Erin! How about you coming to visit me in South Carolina, cause you are totally rocking the 'y'all' and we can just be best friends! Sound good? Great! :)

    Love you, sweet friend!!

    (and happy fall right back to you)

  9. yum!!! that looks delicious!!!

  10. Oooh yummy! I'll have to try that smoothie.

    The boys made me laugh. My favorite is Bradley Cooper.
    xo Alanna

  11. I must try this smoothie recipe, it looks super yummy!

    ps - love the hey girl

    Brittney @ The Sweet Life

  12. Look at you using that amazing word "y'all". ;D

    Ok. So those recipes look fabulous and I got a good chuckle out of those pictures of the guys. :D

    I hope you have a great week at the conference! Love ya more,


  13. The Latte delicious!

  14. Pumpkin spice smoothie! Oh my goodness, yum!!

    Also, that Usher meme cracks me up. "I promise to leave room for the Holy Spirit" hahaha The. Best.

  15. these were so great; i shared on my fb page and linked back to you so people can see all your "hey girls". those made my day! katie from brighton park and katies language cafe.

  16. Thanks for inviting your guy friends to the blogger party ;) They just made my day, especially Jake Gyllenhaal there at the end!
    Also loving the smoothie recipe!

  17. Yum! That looks SO good! I love your blog, girl! Thanks for your sweet posts, and your heart for Jesus! God bless u!

    Isabelle <3

  18. These recipes look ah-mazing! Can't wait to try :)

  19. These recipes look ah-mazing! Can't wait to try :)

  20. Oh. Yum!
    I'm postin a recipe tomorrow for Iced Pumpkin Cookies. Never can get enough Pumpkin in the fall. :)

    New follower and I adore your blog and encouraging words.

  21. Oh. Yum!
    I'm postin a recipe tomorrow for Iced Pumpkin Cookies. Never can get enough Pumpkin in the fall. :)

    New follower and I adore your blog and encouraging words.

  22. Hilarious! Those pictures definitely brought a smile to my face. :)

  23. I'm definitely gonna try that pumpkin smoothie - sounds delish!! :) The latte - nahhh cuz i'm not a big coffee fan. :)


  24. YUM. Must try these! Thanks for the recipes! I am obsessed with pumpkin anything.

    Hope you have an awesome time at Influence this weekend Erin! I can't wait to hear about it :)

  25. I was going to say that I can't wait to try those recipes.. then I just about died when I read the pictures! HILARIOUS!

  26. Recipes sound AWESOME and i died laughing at those Hey Girls! LOL

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  28. You have showed great perseverance behind the blog. It's been enriched since the beginning. I love to share to with my friends. Carry on.

  29. I love the recipe and the "Hey Girl" sayings are hilarious!

    xo, Pam

  30. Oh. My. Gosh. this looks deish! I need to make them both right now! :)

  31. hahaha these are awesome!

    hard to go wrong with bradley,jake or ryan :)

    love your blog!! god bless ya!

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  33. Thank you so much for posting these recipes! I cannot wait to try them out. Have a wonderful weekend!
    jaket kulit & jaket kulit garut


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