Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for Two + An Advertising Update

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Another weekend is upon us! You know what that means – kicking back, unwinding from a busy back-to-school week, and making this creamy pumpkin pie smoothie to reward all your hard efforts. Whoever said you shouldn’t reward yourself with food really needs to try this smoothie. Seriously!

Thanks to adding soaked rolled oats and chia seeds, this smoothie is extra thick and has a bit more staying power than most. I think it’s my best pumpkin smoothie to date! Enjoy it for a snack, breakfast, or even dessert. If it’s still hot where you are like it is here, you might find yourself cooling off with this smoothie outside. Extra ice, is a must. Oh, and if you are feeling crazy top it all off with some homemade Coconut Whipped Cream – I know you’ve been waiting for the perfect recipe!

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The best part is this recipe makes 4 CUPS worth (yes!), so if you are feeling generous you can share it with a loved one. Or if you are lucky and have a husband who doesn’t like pumpkin, you get it all to yourself. Double yes. I have one of these glasses wrapped up in the back of the fridge for later. [Later probably meaning, as soon as I hit publish on this post…]

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Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for Two

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Adapted from Pumpkin Pie Smoothie & Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie.

2 years ago: Muhammara Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1.5-2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Coconut Whipped Cream, for garnish

 

1. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the milk, oats, and chia seeds. Place in fridge for 1 hour or preferably overnight.

2. Add soaked oat mixture to blender along with the pumpkin, molasses, frozen banana, and spices. Blend until smooth. Add about 5 ice cubes and blend until ice cold.

3. Add maple syrup to taste. I found 1.5 tbsp was perfect for me.

4. Serve with Coconut Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top!

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Advertising Update:

I want to take a moment today to fill you in on an advertising change that happened on my site as of Sept. 1st. I’m now with Federated Media in a non-exclusive agreement meaning that I can host my own advertising as well as ad campaigns from FM and other networks, such as AdSense. There have been some kinks to iron out over the past few days (to say the least), so I thought I’d fill you in on what’s going on.

My advertising goals:

I have committed myself to providing meat and dairy-free advertising on Oh She Glows. This is an ethical choice that fits with my vegan lifestyle and vision for the blog. I can’t promise the ads will always be perfect, but I’m going to do the best that I can to keep blatant meat and dairy ads off the site.

Thankfully this was agreed upon with my advertiser before we went live on Sept 1st, but on Wednesday I found out a meat ad was in fact running on my site in the US. Many of the ad campaigns are only shown on U.S. IP addresses, so I had no idea this was going on. I shut down all of my ads for a few hours until they were removed. This is certainly not the first time that meat and dairy ads have appeared without my knowledge. With my previous advertiser, I had no control over which ads were displayed. I ended up emailing them from time-to-time to ask for removal of animal/dairy ads or specific ads which did not fit with my vision for the site. However, I could only do so if my US readers made me aware they were running. It was by no means a good system.

The good news is I now have my FM ad campaigns set to “manual approval” so nothing should run without my approval. I’ve already declined several meat and dairy ad campaigns over the past few days, so things should be looking better around here. I’m also trying to keep the Google Ads non-offensive. I’ve blocked many categories so far including weight loss gimmicks, diet pill, and wrinkle cream ads. Keep in mind, ads can slide through under vague categories so they may pop up from time to time.

I want to encourage you to contact us if you see any ad that is concerning or offensive. Send to: adinquiries [at] ohsheglows [dot] com along with a screenshot and URL of the ad. Like I said, we can’t catch everything so your help is appreciated.

Selling ads to animal-friendly companies:

I can now sell ads for my site. My goal is to advertise animal-friendly businesses supporting the vegan lifestyle. There are so many amazing companies out there (and growing every day!) and I would love to feature them on the blog. If you know of any businesses, large or small, that may be interested in advertising on OSG, please let us know: adinquires [at] ohsheglows [dot] com  You know what they say – you have to put it out in the universe for it to happen. It often feels like an uphill battle when double whopper ads are the norm, but I’m confident that we can make progress in this area.

As always, thank you for your patience during this time of transition!

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Amber September 7, 2012

Cool! Federated Media is one block away from my house! :)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com September 7, 2012

Can’t wait to try this smoothie girl, it looks like Fall in a Glass…..sigh. Where did my summer go?!

Love that you are fulfilling your dreams here with your blog and brand! You deserve ever piece of it!!
xxoo

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul September 9, 2012

You stated it perfectly! Fall in a glass~I really do wish I could reach into the screen for the smoothie right now. :)

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Angie September 7, 2012

thank you thank you! these are my fave, and I love seeing variations – I haven’t tried molasses yet, but have used some avocado in mine for creaminess…

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 7, 2012

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more decedent smoothie. Wow.

I pinned your coconut cream to try – I bet it’s perfect on this. I used it on my Key Like Pie smoothie the other day and it was delish!

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Eating 4 Balance September 7, 2012

I can see how that would be frustrating! This post is just another example of how great you are! You really care about your vegan readers, and even though I’m not vegan, it really shows you care! Thanks :)

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 7, 2012

Ugh – good luck with the ads. That sounds like a real headache!

Happy Friday!

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Tanya @ playful and hungry September 7, 2012

Aw, I wish I could get canned pumpkin where I live. I know you can make it yourself – but it takes some time.
Every now and then, a can would be nice. ;)

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul September 9, 2012

Hmmm maybe you can get them online? :)

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Jess September 7, 2012

Good luck with the new ads! Oh, and a quick story: I brought your tortilla soup for lunch at work today, and a fellow teacher kept staring at it and sniffing the aroma. Finally, he leaned over and asked me where I got the recipe. Turns out, he reads your blog too, and he knew your tortilla soup just from the delicious smell!! Small world :) Thanks for all you do!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

That is crazy! Small world indeed. Now I want that soup… :)

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 7, 2012

You had me at molasses. I’m craving that stuff BIG TIME!!

Are you encouraging just Canadian vegan businesses or anyone with an online site? There’s a great vegan bakery in town I’ve got in mind but wanted to check first.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

We can highlight businesses from all over. I expect most will be in North America seeing as that is where our primary readership is. :)

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Katie @ Fun Fearful Female September 7, 2012

Good for you for sticking to your beliefs & not posting meat/dairy ads. Keep up the great work, Angela! Have a fantastic weekend!!

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Shundara September 7, 2012

It is so encouraging to see that you won’t allow just any sponsors to advertise.
I am not vegan but I do understand the importance of voting with are dollars, and they can go along way to help any cause of importance. Especially when it comes to quality food. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

I couldn’t agree more – I think the more pressure we put on these businesses & ad networks to source quality products, (hopefully) the more it will improve over time. It’s tricky because it’s often the huge meat & dairy companies who have all the $$$$$$, but I still think it’s important to try.

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Sarina @ Earthgiven September 7, 2012

I am so glad you are standing up for ethical advertising! I am all for seeing tasteful ads on blogs where a wonderful service is being given free of charge, like your wonderful recipes. I know a vegan business owner, I will suggest that she advertises with you!

And I love your smoothie! Adding molasses is a great way to up the iron content!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Thank you, Sarina I appreciate that!

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Audrey September 7, 2012

I love that you are so committed to integrity in advertising. I really appreciate that. :)

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Christina September 7, 2012

Wow! I am making this recipe this weekend, I am so excited for the crisp clean fall air. I am happy to see that only vegan friendly ads will be showing on your blog, it is a perfect direction for you. Have a great weekend!

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Danielle September 7, 2012

Serves 2? You must be more generous with your pumpkin than me! I could lick the screen right now!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Sorry, I should have said – “Serves two hungry eyes!”

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 7, 2012

Mmmm yes it’s definitely pumpkin time!!! Actually, who am I kidding…. I’ve been buying a can every week since the beginning of August! This looks awesome, Ange, and bravo to you for standing up for what you believe in when it comes to ads. I often wonder too, what shows up on my site when it’s viewed by US readers. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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bitt of raw September 7, 2012

I am glad you posted this. I think I may have contacted you about a meat ad on your blog and never heard anything back about it, so I assumed you didn’t care. I am glad you addressed it because obviously it does mean something to you. It is tiring to see ads that don’t fit in with the blogger’s beliefs and it just makes me think they only care about the money. So I am glad you are trying to find things that fit your beliefs and interests of your readers.

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kim@hungryhealthygirl September 7, 2012

Yumilicious…..I can’t wait to give this a try!!

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Sarah C September 7, 2012

Yum! I have a flu bug and this is the first thing that looks appetizing. Also, thank you for keeping you blog real. Your blog is one of the few I enjoy reading these days as an almost 30 year old, I can only stomach so many hubby and me outstretched arm shots, and fashion Friday posts =) I can always handle more pumpkin recipes for two. Good luck with your cookbook….can’t wait to see it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Glad to hear that Sarah. I hope you feel better soon!

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Cheryl September 7, 2012

An absolutely beautifully styled post…..such talent…..I feel fall in the air….

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Catherine September 7, 2012

Ohh i have been seeing ads here the past couple of days and thought it was something wrong with my computer lol. I live in the US and have only seen ads for HP computer products. I don’t mind the ads at all and even if a wrinkle cream or diet pill ad slips in every now and then I wouldn’t care, still better then some of the other ads on some sites if you know what i mean.

In other news…suuper excited to try this smoothie! I am wanting pumpkin things because it’s September, but it’s still 96 degrees here. Perfect solution Angela!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Hey Catherine, Yes we had a problem with a HP ad. I meant to put that in my post! As it turns out, there was an error in the ad code they gave us, so we removed it. I’m sorry for the inconvenience!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks September 7, 2012

Good luck on the advertising issues – I can only imagine how hard it is to control ads in a country you’re not living in and I know that what I see from moment to moment, page refresh to page refresh on my own site changes so can only imagine the chaos you must be feeling with it all.

Love your pumpkin pie smoothie. Ironically I relinked mine in my post today b/c have had pumpkin on the brain, big time :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 7, 2012

What a fantastic sounding (and looking) smoothie! I’m SO making this tomorrow!!

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Danielle September 7, 2012

Wow! I would love to not see belly fat ads everywhere! I think they’re women’s version of ED ads. Thanks for using your power for good!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

I agree – I am so sick of seeing them everywhere too.

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Kate September 7, 2012

Just wanted to tell you I love your blog and recipies, have followed forever. Today I made your protein power oatmeal bars and dark chocolate cherry energy bites! Both are awesome recipies! So excited for your pumpking smoothie that was posted today, and made your coconut whipped cream the other day, both my hubby and I gobbled it up. Also, made the original peppermint patty bars and just about died and went to heaven – as did my mom and sis who gobbled them up too!!!!! Thanks for all your hardwork recpie inventing!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Thank you Kate! Sounds like you have been a busy woman! Your family sounds like they are reaping the rewards of all your hard work.

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Andrea @ Vegvacious September 7, 2012

Hello yummy!!! This is a perfect way to enjoy pumpkin since we are still lucky enough to have really warm temperatures!! This will tide me over until pumpkin spice lattes start showing their lovely little faces at Starbucks & Coffee Culture!

Great news about the advertising on your blog. I love seeing your site grow and grow – it inspires me to keep working on my own site/brand because the possibilities are limitless!!

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset September 7, 2012

Mmm… So delicious! Pumpkin truly does scream fall. LOVE.

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eatinRD September 7, 2012

Looks perfect for fall! I think that is great you are filtering your ads. I’m not always happy with a lot of gimmick ads that pop up on sites. Your site always looks so beautiful. I know you do your own, but do you know of a good/reasonable blog site designer?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Thanks I appreciate it!
I know a lot of people use the Blog Fairy and also Zesty Cook. I haven’t used their services though. Goodluck!

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Andrea September 7, 2012

1. Your husband doesn’t like pumpkin?! Craziness.

2. I really admire you for what you are doing with the ads. I know of too many blogs/bloggers that let whatever ads onto their blogs, even though they don’t fit with their “philosophy” or theme of the blog, just to make money. So I really appreciate what you are doing!

Have a wonderful day!

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Cortney September 7, 2012

Hey Angela – thanks for the recipe! I’ve been planning a pumpkin smoothie in my head for the past few weeks, in anticipation of the cooler weather. Have you ever tried freezing the pumpkin? I’m wondering how that would work out. I don’t do oats so I’m trying to come up with a solution to help thicken it without watering it down. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

I haven’t tried freezing it, but I was just thinking about it this week, wondering if it might change the texture at all. It might be worth a shot.

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Cortney September 7, 2012

I’ll have to try it out and let you know how it goes!

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Lauren November 27, 2013

I’ve frozen pumpkin puree for years! It freezes beautifully and doesn’t change at all.
Good luck and happy eating!

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 7, 2012

This smoothie looks amazing! I am sooo excited for fall flavors, I can’t even stand it.
Regarding the advertising, I have to say I am very impressed by your choice to be so in control of your advertising. It is so admirable. I myself have considered advertising on my site, but I am a conscientious omnivore that eats mostly vegan, and when I do eat meat I want it to come from a local farmer that raises his animals on pasture and without the use of hormones, antibiotics, etc. I also avoid dairy and don’t consume any processed foods. I don’t want my site littered with crap being force down my reader’s throats that I would never myself endorse and I actually find that to be a huge turn-off on sites that I do choose to read. I really admire your choice to be so hands-on and to not just cash the checks and take it, no matter where it comes from. So kudos to you and good to know there are options out there where I can be in control. I am looking forward to exploring them more when I get to that point. Thanks for sharing and thanks for an awesome site!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Thanks for your feedback Beth. It is a difficult situation to navigate – one that I have been frustrated with for a while. I’m so glad I spoke about it though because comments like yours and others remind me that it’s not something I struggle with alone. I can understand your own dilemma with ads. Goodluck with your own goals!

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Christa @ Edible Balance September 7, 2012

You are doing such an incredible job on your site. Not only are your recipes inspiring, but your commitment to what you believe and how you conduct your life are a complete inspiration.

This smoothie looks delicious, looks like I need to cook and puree another pumpkin!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Thank you Christa. I certainly don’t feel like I’ve mastered it yet, but just trying to figure it out as I go!
I will be cooking my second sugar pumpkin this weekend…I think I just might puree it too.

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Rachel @ Almonds and Avocados September 7, 2012

This looks AMAZING! I’m so excited to start cooking with fall flavors–pumpkin in particular! And I love the addition of rolled oats and chia seeds to thicken the smoothie up a bit! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be making it this weekend! :)

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Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 7, 2012

There is a Nestle Tollhouse ad up right now as I type. Not sure if this bothers you… I think trying to match the mission of this blog with the advertising on it is great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

I was told that ad was blocked…I guess it wasn’t! Thanks for letting me know…I can’t see it here.

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Karola September 7, 2012

Hi Angela! Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned one? How do I process it if so?
Hugs all the way from PL.
xoxo

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 7, 2012

Great question – Im not sure. You could try adding a little bit of fresh pumpkin into the blender at a time. Im not sure if it would impact the flavour, my guess is that it might. You can always adjust to taste though! Let me know if you try it out.

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Joanne - Inspired Taste September 7, 2012

This looks delicious! Love the coconut whipped cream, too.

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Smoothie Maker September 7, 2012

Looks delicious, will try!

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raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen September 7, 2012

This sounds so delicious!

And thank you so much for trying to remain ethical with your ads. We appreciate it, Ang! : )

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Kerry September 7, 2012

This smoothie looks so good! A few days ago I opened a huge can of pumpkin for another recipe, and I’ve been looking for new ways to use it up. This looks perfect, and it will give me an excuse to make your coconut whipped cream too!

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Megan A. September 7, 2012

Angela,
There is a Nestle Cookie Dough add that comes up frequently on your site… I live in the US. Just FYI :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2012

Thanks for letting me know! It was supposed to be blocked, but I guess they missed it. I emailed them last night (as someone else told me about it) and it should be removed now.

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Jennifer September 6, 2013

I am SO thankful I found you! I actually feel like I could become a vegan -with my family- and all would be happy! Do you use sweetened almond milk with this recipe?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2013

Hey Jennifer, I usually use unsweetened almond milk, and sweeten it after, but you can use either!

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