When it comes to exclusively fall foods, pumpkin is one that certainly comes to mind. No other time of year do I want to ingest a Jack-o-lantern, let alone crave it. There is something so indulgent but at the same time healthy. Pumpkin is a type of squash full of vitamins (A,B,C, and K) and minerals. The flavor is distinct but it is easily used in seasonal drinks, desserts, and now healthy smoothies. I feel like I’m playing a trick on my body with this treat because it tastes so good but is really good for me.
I used my Vitamix blender to get the rich and velvety quality of the smoothie, in just 45 seconds of blend time you have guest pleasing dessert…or breakfast if you desire.
-1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
-1/2 cup of almond milk or coconut milk (I mixed the two 50/50)
-1 frozen banana
-1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
-1/4 heaping tsp of pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 Tbsp of vanilla extract
-1 Tbsp maple syrup (I used a grade B syrup with rich flavor, you can use agave or brown sugar here too)
-1 Tbsp chia seeds (optional)
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix blender and slowly increase speed to high, blend for 45 seconds. Add more milk if needed for consistency.
-If you don’t have your banana frozen, put it in fresh and add a small handful of ice, you may need more milk when doing this.
-To make this more of a breakfast treat, try adding 1/4 cup of rolled oats or sprinkle with flax seed.
-Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg if serving for dessert.