Citrus and Spice Smoothie


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This smoothie reminds me of fall even though I’d prefer that it was summer 365 days a year.

But since fall is approaching, I figured I’d try to embrace it with some warming spices in my smoothie.

Citrus and Spice Smoothies with cinnamon sticks around

Not that I need to be warmed up.

It’s 94F and humid in Aruba and far from fall but this is the kind of weather I love.

Aruba beach with ships at dock in ocean

I tried to get into the fall and back-to-school spirit by pairing fall warming spices, including cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg with Caribbean citrus.

Citrus and ginger go really well together and they do double-duty of keeping the sickie germs at bay. Ginger is a natural anti-viral and extra Vitamin C can’t hurt when all those back-to-school germs come back-to-the-house. Oh goodie.

Citrus and Spice Smoothies

If you like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and those flavors of fall, this smoothie has you covered unless you’re a pumpkin fanatic.

I didn’t go quite that far quite, yet.

It’s still only August and we’ve got at least three good months of pumpkin (overload) season just around the corner. I pity anyone who reads blogs and doesn’t love pumpkin because there’s no shortage. For months.

Citrus and Spice Smoothies

The smoothie is really creamy and frothy because I tossed in a few bananas.

I don’t think I can make a smoothie without them, actually.

Citrus and Spice Smoothies

If you’re not quite ready to put away your flip-flops and shorts and want to milk the last drops of summer, this cold one is light and fruity enough for all those last-bits-of-summer-milkers but embraces fall.

And boy, in this heat, it went down incredibly fast and easy.

Citrus and Spice Smoothie


Citrus and Spice Smoothie (vegan and gluten-free)

Makes about 12 ounces

2 ripe small/medium bananas (previously frozen in chunks is preferred)

1 medium orange, peeled and halved

1/2 cup pineapple, diced (fresh, frozen, or canned)

1/2 to 2/3 cup cream or milk (or vegan milk)

2 tablespoons maple syrup or granulated sugar , optional and to taste

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice, optional

1/2 teaspoon orange or vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Optionally, garnish with a slice of orange or pineapple or a sprinkle of cinnamon . Serve immediately.

Optional add-ins: 1 whole graham cracker, 1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes or applesauce, 1 to 2 ounces vodka or light rum, 1 scoop protein powder, add 1 scoop of ice cream for a milkshake; garnish with whipped topping or whipped cream, coconut flakes, or graham cracker crumbs.

Note: all spices are to taste; if you prefer more or less spice, adjust amounts to your personal taste preferences.


Citrus and Spice Smoothies

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Orange PushUp Smoothie – One of my top three most popular recipes, of all time and tastes like an Orange PushUp

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Spiced Apple Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Break out the apple cider and hot toddy’s and feel free to spike it

Spiced Apple Pie Smoothies

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – It’s too hot to be thinking pumpkin for me, unless it’s pumpkin pie in a cup

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothie (vegan, GF) – Like drinking cinnamon raisin toast and so comforting

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Smoothies with cinnamon sticks around

Cranberry & Orange Ginger Mango Chutney (vegan, GF) – Oranges and ginger is a combo I like in just about anything from smoothies to chutney

Cranberry & Orange Ginger Mango Chutney

Orange Ginger Tempeh and Brown Rice Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette (vegan, GF if GF tempeh is used) – Oranges and ginger again and this time paired with tempeh and balsamic

Orange Ginger Tempeh and Brown Rice Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Is fall on its way in your area? Are you happy about that or would you prefer summer awhile longer?

 I really do love hot weather and I think that’s why I love Aruba so much. I’m basically on the Equator and don’t have to turn the hot water knob on to shower. The cold water coming out of the tap is warm enough.

So although I don’t really crave fall flavors when I’m here, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been perusing pumpkin recipes and am strategizing what I’m going to make first when I’m back in San Diego. Til then, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg are as fall-like as I’ve gone.

If you have any fall recipes you’re excited to try, I’d love to hear what you plan to make.

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  1. I am not ready for fall at all … I need waaaaaay more summer. I wish I lived somewhere that is nice year round.

  2. drinking this right now, and I’m in LOVE. it’s a really good way to ease myself into fall from the warm summer weather.
    I added some greek yogurt, pumpkin puree, crystalized ginger, and a bit of oatmeal to make it more of a complete meal. thanks averie!

    1. you’re the 2nd person who just mentioned crystallized ginger to me! I wish they sold it here. They don’t even sell dates and raisins are a small fortune$ but I bet the ginger and pumpkin is awesome…Thanks for LMK you made it!!

  3. Ginger in a smoothie – great idea! Maybe some crystallized ginger too? I’m drinking a blueberry one right now – would benefit from the kick of ginger!

    1. If I had any, I would use it. They don’t even have dates (medjool) here and raisins are a small fortune. Can only imagine the cost of crystallized ginger, if they even sold it. Gotta love TJs for things like that!

  4. This smoothie looks perfect for fall and is making me look forward to fall a lot, great season here with fresh pumpkins and apples. In a way it’s already fall in my back yard since I have three full grown pumpkins in the garden already and ripe apples on the tree! :-)

  5. Sigh, I’m really dreading the fall… I hardly got to experience any summer this year! At least a smoothie like this would help to soften the blow. Love the combination of cinnamon and orange- It just hits all the right high notes. :)

    1. You sound like you’ve worked through your summer. Hopefully you have some time to recharge before fall! All, what, 2 weeks before fall term starts?! ugh

    1. It’s all about EASE down here. I wish you could come down here and we could cook & take pics together!

  6. I used to be a crazy Summer loving gal. But now I’m all about Autumn. I love the weather when I can wear a cute dress and my boots-makes me a happy lady! This smoothie looks delightful and a great immune booster.

  7. YUMM! This combo looks and sounds fantastic. I am excited to incorporate the Trader Joe’s Maple Sugar that I just purchased. I can not pass up maple, period. Haha.

  8. Just about everyone loves smoothies and your recipes look excellent and I really like the vegan ones, excellent descriptions and clear colorful pics…Happy Friday :-)

  9. What a great idea, to combine citrus and spice. I love it. I make “apple pie” smoothies all the time, but I’ve never thought to use similar spices with citrus. Nice!

  10. Thanks for reminding me about back-to-school, but no, my spirit is still in the summer vacation mode, even though school starts Monday… (sigh).
    Surprisingly, yes, I do wait for fall as this is time when we can finally go outside and have some outdoor fun. I love summer so much that I never thought those words would come out of my mouth… :)
    I also have a very high hope that fall will bring more vegetables to our area and I can make all my favorite meals…
    What an interesting drink you’ve made, I shell give it a try: I am “learning” to like cinnamon…:)

  11. Oh joy! More smoothies- I’ve definitely been imbibing recently! The pix of Aruba are amazing…if you’d like to link up your favorite photos from any post to Photo Fridayblog hop at Ladies Holiday we’d love to see more!


  12. Stunning pictures, Averie! I’m honestly SO ready for fall! I saw a girl wearing boots and a sweater earlier (which is NUTS because it’s 90 degrees here) and I got all longing to spices and falling leaves and all that autumn brings. This smoothie is on my weekend “making it” list.

    1. If I was experiencing cooler weather I could probably envision boots and sweaters but it’s just so hot here I can’t imagine it right now! But nothing like fall clothes shopping!

  13. Hi again–just wanted to let you know the smoothie was great! I had it this am and added some shredded coconut. This is a nice change up from my usual chocolate banana and whatever nut butter I happen to have combo!

  14. My husband and I LOVE chai! So yum. Can’t wait to try this smoothie recipe! And I’m so jealous of your time in Aruba!

  15. Well you know I love summer and wish fall would never come, though I do look forward to roasting some fresh pumpkins to make a bunch of things. I thankfully no longer have school germs in my house, but I’m a bit of a germaphobe and always doing anything and everything I can to stay healthy. Garlic is THE BEST! I eat roasted garlic pretty much every night, so do my parents, and I swear it keeps us healthy. It’s not always my favorite thing to eat, but a clove or two is all that’s needed, and it works, so I eat it without complaint.

    1. garlic is a natural anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and is great for staying healthy or fighting things off – I just wished I liked it. I HATE garlic. It’s just one of those things, cannot stand.

  16. Mm citrus + spice sounds amazing.. just like fall. I love putting on a pot of tea with some orange rinds and cloves–this reminds me of a refreshing, summery version of that! And your glasses are too cute!

    1. orange rinds + cloves — and don’t forget a cinnamon stick! Sounds so good right about now! :)

  17. Hi Averie. I love the looks of this smoothie and the flavor combinations sound enticing and so fall like. I’m still in MN (been to Woodhill twice, FYI). I’m finally taking some “me” time to get on the computer and check in with my favorite blogs. We brought out some great weather with us. It’s 75 and absolutely beautiful. It’s so darn green out here and I know you understand what I’m saying being from California where everything is brown this time of year. I’m finally ready for fall and school to start so I can get back to a routine. My kids start next week ☺

    I can’t wait for fall cooking. I have an heirloom tomato soup that I’m going to make batches and batches of to freeze for the winter. It’s so good and vegan as well. I’m also so excited to cook with squash and pumpkins again.

    Talk soon!

    1. your style of cooking – I can totally see you being into fall soups and lentils and beans and sort of slow-ish cooked food like that which is savory, can’t wait to see what you make!

      and being in MN this time of year, aside from the mosquitoes, this is the BEST time of year there. I have fond childhood memories :)

  18. First of all, love the cute glasses! Second, I am so ready for fall. This has been one hot summer. This smoothie would be a great start to a new season. Thanks, Averie!

    1. It was a $1 find here at an Aruba grocery store! But a bottle of Gatorade is $5 bucks. Go figure.

  19. Looks so good, Averie! I know what you are saying about bananas…a MUST for smoothies. Last night, Simeon was making himself a shake with vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips and a bit of milk and wanted it extra thick. I said “Add a banana!” He was like, “and ruin a perfectly good milk shake?” Haha…boys. Little does he know that I throw a banana into like EVERY single smoothie I make him. What they don’t know, won’t hurt ’em! ;-)

  20. I could use a trip to the Caribbean right about now. I’m ready for fall, though – I love jackets and sweaters and not sweating underground on my ride into work!

    1. I’m still thinking about the plantains you made last month that were Aruba-inspired as I type this from my hot little workspace and should pick some up at the market today!

  21. Just finished my long run and I couldn’t want something any more than that right now – maybe with a side of pretzels ;-)

    1. Lol – yes I agree! I have another pretzel recipe coming probably next week. They’ve been a hit down here!

  22. citrus and spice and everything nice – couldn’t help myself. soak up summer as long as you can!

  23. you. can’t. make. a. smoothie. without. frozen. bananas. LOVE that we agree on this one!

    I’m welcoming fall lately too. I kinda am tired of this heat and want to run outside… comfortably! Plus, pumpkin + apple pie + THIS SMOOTHIE (omg) = the best food season ever!

    The spices, the orange, the pineapple/tropical.. it’s like the perfect transitional smoothie. I love the pictures and have GOT to learn the whole rim/clean pouring thing. :) TGIF Averie!

    1. the pumpkin and apple spice smoothies I made that I linked up were really good – the pumpkin one was dessert in a cup (but could be lightened up) and the apple spice one was like apple pie – I think you’d love it!

      the clean rim – yes and once you mess up and spill, you better rewash the glass. You can’t even paper towel or kleenex-wipe it off. The smudges just LINGER!

  24. August has been our coolest month all summer, and we’ve had a few “fall is in the air” days. I roasted some root veggies last weekend — so I guess I’m gearing up a little. Love the fruit and spice combo in this smoothe–a nice transition-to-autumn smoothie! I have everything for this right now–breakfast is served!

    1. Oh well if you make it, LMK! And roasted root veggies sound delish to me. The funny thing about San Diego weather is normally in May and June when everyone is enjoying great weather, we have May Gray & June Gloom as it’s called and it’s downright COLD! Like wearing a sweatshirt and hoodie to run in b/c it’s in the 50s in the morning. That’s too cold for June for me!

  25. i’m a smoothie addict and this one is going straight into my collection. I love citrus, its the perfect pick me up. Thanks again :)