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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Push Ups

I know, there are people out there who are dreading the upcoming weekend as the unofficial end of summer.   I think most people may fall into the category of "I'm bummed summer is over but Fall is cool too.  Bring it."  Those aren't me, of course, I've been counting down the days until Fall since the beginning of June because I'm not a summer girl. Regardless of what camp you fall into, these babies will satisfy the summer you're trying to hold on to and celebrate the upcoming season of pumpkin and cinnamon everything.

The Mr is nuts over these.  He says they taste just like frozen pumpkin pie and I agree.  I get that wonderful spicy taste of Fall in the push up form we've enjoyed all summer.  Here's what you'll need to make yours.

Pumpkin Pie Push Ups
(Makes 5)

8 oz bananas, frozen and sliced
3 oz of Vitacoco coconut water
1/2 cup Libby's canned pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp ground ginger
2 1/2 sheets honey graham crackers
5 tbsp Cool Whip Lite

Let's get started.

In your personal sized blender, add your bananas and coconut water.

Give it a whirl.

When it is smooth, grab your pumpkin.

Add it to the banana smoothie mixture.

Add your vanilla paste.

Add all of your spices.

Give it another whirl until everything is combined.

Break your graham cracker sheets in half so you have 5 halves.

Crumble them one at a time on a paper towel.

Add a few to the bottom to mimic a "crust."

Grab your pumpkin smoothie.  Try not to just stick a straw in it and drink it straight up!

Fill your push up containers 3/4 of the way up with pumpkin goodness.

Get some of your graham cracker crumbles and use a chopstick or something similar to sink them throughout the push up.  (Click here to order push up containers if you don't have them)  (affiliate link)

Put a few on top too (making sure you leave the smallest crumbs for topping later).

Top with 1 tbsp of Cool Whip Lite.

Use the last of the wee bits of graham crackers to sprinkle on top of the cool whip.

Top it off with the lid and repeat with the rest of the containers.

Put them in the freezer to chill out.

A few hours later you will have frozen pumpkin pie deliciousness.  You can enjoy the taste of Fall and still cling on to summer.

You know you want to.

Nutritional Information (per push up):  Calories 84  Total Fat 2g  Sat Fat 1g  Sodium 33mg  Potassium 155mg  Total Carbs 17g  Fiber 2g  Sugars 8g  Protein 1g  Vitamin A 1%  Vitamin C  17%  Calcium 1%  Iron 2%

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  1. I don't like pumpkin but it still looks yummmmmm :)

  2. Yum..those look good. i cud do them without pumpkins:) not a fan..maybe just bananas:)

  3. I hate everything about summer except the fresh produce. If I could have corn and peaches in October, that would be ideal. But I'm excited about fall foods too (and I've been working on a pumpkin shake recipe!)--these look SO good! I definitely need to get those little plastic push pop dealies.

  4. Fall is my favorite season--the cool weather and the beautiful turning trees! I bought a set of the push-up pop containers, but haven't even gotten them out of the bag yet. You gave us a recipe a while back that inspired me to buy them, can't even remember what it was now--going to have to try to figure that out. But these pumpkin pie pops look fantastic. Where do you find the coconut water? And I have never heard of vanilla paste, but I see you said you can also use vanilla extract, which I have a bottle of in my cupboard. Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

    1. I know, I let mine sit in the box for 6 months before I finally busted them out and they've been a permanent part of my freezer ever since!

      I get the coconut water in the organic/natural section of any big box grocery store. Vitacoco has the least amount of sodium and aftertaste which is why I recommend that brand though others are available. Nielsen Massey makes the vanilla paste (you could also scrape vanilla beans) but good old fashioned vanilla extract works just fine too. :)

      (I'm thinking the other recipe you might be thinking of was the banana cream pie push ups)

  5. YUMMY! Can't wait to try these... the push-pop idea fits really well into my idea of healthy snacks for the classroom! THANKS!

  6. YUM!!! Love pumpkin!! didn't know that you could buy pushup containers!!! COOL!!!

  7. From one Fall Girl to another...MMMMMMM - YUMMMYYYYY!!! Seriously, those are drool worthy just from the pictures!

  8. Looks absolutely yummy! I'm going to have to break down and buy push-pop containers. A while back I bought a huge boxy thing that makes instant pudding pops, and have made only one batch, so I've been resisting the push-pop thingies. Wonder if I could adapt this recipe to that other thing?

  9. I am soooo ready for fall, especially since this summer was unbearably hot. Since the heat wave started early (March), I feel like it's been summer for-freaking-ever. Bring on fall! I'm ready for hoodie weather and crunchy leaves.

  10. OMG, those look SO yummy! Fall is my absolute FAVORITE so I have NO problem summer ending!

  11. OMG I just LOVE everything fall! These look AMAZING!

  12. I adore pumpkin, fall, and everything pumpkin. Did I mention I love pumpkin? I love it so much, I have already dedicated the entire month of October to pumpkin, Halloween, and Harry Potter recipes. That's it! October is my most favoritest month of the year! PS. Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte will be back Sept 4th!!!


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