Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie

Fall is in the air! And if you read our last post on roasting your own tiny pumpkin, you now have a delicious, healthy, homemade batch of pumpkin puree that’s ready to be devoured. Cooked pumpkin is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, but super-high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B6, iron, and so on.

Put some of this mineral-rich goodness in your next green smoothie for an unexpectedly delicious, seasonal treat. We’re of the school of thought which holds that the more pumpkin-flavored things in your life this October, the better.

NOTE: If you want icier smoothies, freeze chunks of pumpkin puree in ice cube trays the night before.

Pumpkin Oat Smoothie

In a blender, combine:

  • One cup milk
  • One banana (frozen, if possible)
  • Handful of oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • Several handfuls of baby spinach
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and/or allspice

Blend on high until smooth. Serve with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon on top!

Almond-Carrot Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

In a blender, combine:

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 carrot (chopped or grated)
  • 1 banana (frozen, if possible)
  • Several handfuls kale
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and/or allspice

Blend until smooth. Add a cinnamon stick and slurp down in an armchair.

Super-Thick Extra-Protein Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

For a frozen treat you can eat with a spoon, blend together:

  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup tofu
  • 1/2-1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 banana
  • Generous sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and/or allspice

Top this protein-packed smoothie with a handful of crushed graham crackers.

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