After our friends and I feasted on chili, corn bread and queso dip last Sunday we were all craving something sweet. I hadn’t planned anything for dessert but luckily I knew I had ice cream. Someone mentioned pumpkin ice cream and I quickly brainstormed, then did a google search and found an extremely easy recipe for this pumpkin vanilla shake.

I had all the ingredients and the recipe was extremely easy, we had dessert in about 5 minutes.
Having canned pumpkin on-hand is awesome. Besides using it in my recent pumpkin baked goods (cookies and scones) I’ve also added it to Annie’s organic mac n cheese for Juliet (she loved it) and most recently in this delicious shake.

I quadrupled the below recipe since there were four of us in need of dessert. Truthfully I could have eaten the whole batch myself. Yum.

Pumpkin vanilla shake (recipe via Real Simple)

Ingredients (makes 1 shake)

1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice (optional)


Blend together all the ingredients until smooth.