As the weather turns cool I start dreaming of ways to add pumpkin into my meals. I wasn’t surprised to read that there is a shortage of Starbucks annual Pumpkin Spice Lattes due to the unusually high demand. Obviously, it is not only me but many other who love and demand pumpkin in the fall. I have the perfect antidote-try my frothy and filling Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie.
Before I give you the recipe here are some general smoothie tips.
- It is best to use a high powered blender like Vitamixer or Blendtec for a smoother consistency, especially good when using leafy greens.
- Vary your ingredients to include different fruits, vegetables, fat and protein.
- Add ingredients in this order:
- Liquid first (almond milk, soy milk, water, coconut milk), then add powders (protein, cacao etc..)
- Softer ingredients and leafy greens (banana, spinach, kale, pumpkin puree)
- Harder ingredients (frozen fruits, raw nuts)
- Finally, blend well. Possibly up to 3 minutes adding more liquid as needed.
Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin puree, organic
1 frozen banana (to freeze; cut into thin slices and freeze in single layer)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon
dash of dried ginger powder
2 Tbs. plain protein powder (pea or brown rice for example)
1/4 cup raw almond or walnuts, optional
Add all ingredients to the blender, except nuts. Blend until smooth and frothy. If adding nuts, sprinkle them in now and blend on low, there should be crunchy bits. Add more liquid as needed.
Variations: Use 1/2 cup of frozen organic berries instead of banana and/or replace nuts with 1 Tbs. chia seeds. If you need more sweetness add 2-3 drops of liquid stevia or a splash of real maple syrup.