Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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While autumn ushers in a season cooler temperatures, cozy layers, falling leaves, and warm drinks, sometimes a smoothie with fall flavors is fitting.  Our family enjoys this smoothie during this season as a quick, convenient lunch or nourishing snack on the go.  We love adding coconut oil or MCT oil for an extra dose of nourishing, brain-fueling, energizing fats as well as collagen for its gut-soothing properties.

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2 cups or 1 can full-fat coconut milk

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 tablespoon coconut nectar, monk fruit sweetener, or black strap molasses

a splash of vanilla

a few ice cubes

1-2 tablespoons coconut oil or MCT oil (optional)

1-2 tablespoons collagen (optional)

1 heaping scoop vanilla paleo protein or paleo meal

Add all of the ingredients except the protein powder to a high speed blender and blend until smoothie.  Add the protein powder to the jar and blend on low until incorporated.  Serves two.

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