Pumpkin Spice Smoothie —Breakfast in a Glass

    This is so good that I could drink it almost every morning.  It has taken the place of my other favorites: Chocolate Breakfast Shake and Chai Almond Smoothie -- at least for awhile.
      I particularly like to use a frozen banana in smoothies as it makes then really icy and thick. 

Pumpkin Spice  Smoothie   Makes one smoothie
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 cup almond milk ( I used vanilla-flavored this a.m. so didn't need much additional sweetener)
1 tablespoon ground flax meal
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree (I used canned without added sugar or spices)
1/4 ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
A squirt of agave syrup (a naturally low glycemic sweetener - it is 1½ times sweeter than sugar so just a little adds a lot of sweetness)
1 glass of ice

Put all ingredients in a blender;  blend until ice is finely chopped and frosty. 

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