Besides the fact that pumpkin is definitely the trendiest food to consume this time of year, it is also one of the healthiest foods that you can put in your body! The orange flesh of pumpkins is low in calories, but rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, potassium, copper, and more.
I couldn’t resist making a pumpkin smoothie earlier this week on Halloween! There are so many variations of pumpkin smoothies. I prefer one that is flavorful but not overpowering, so I blended together some ingredients that I thought would bring out the pumpkin flavor without making it feel like I was drinking pumpkin pie filling. I looked at a few pumpkin smoothie recipes before creating mine, and it seems like putting a banana in a pumpkin smoothie is the thing to do. I was skeptical at first, but it actually works really well in this smoothie! Its subtle flavor complements the pumpkin and cinnamon spice well. Try it for yourself:
Makes 2 servings (2 cups)
Serving Size: 1 cup
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen, medium-sized ripe banana
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup (You can use honey instead, if you like)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (If you’re going for more of a pumpkin pie flavor, you can also add ground ginger and nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice)
- ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup cubed ice
- Optional garnish: pinch of ground cinnamon & several pumpkin seeds
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Optional: Garnish with a dash of cinnamon and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.