With all the leaves changing colors I get inspired into creating recipes that match my surroundings. This means that pumpkins and squashes are on the menu regularly. Soups and stews are two types of recipes that come to mind, but what about a pumpkin or squash smoothie?
Have you ever tried a pumpkin or a squash smoothie?
They are quite delicious and perfect for this time of year.
What’s interesting to know is that all winter squashes and pumpkins are actually fruits and can be eaten raw. They can be a bit tough, though, we eat them roasted, puréed, mashed into soups or used as stuffing for bread and cakes.
Besides the pulpy flesh, the seeds and skin are also edible. The seeds can be eaten directly raw, or they can be roasted, ground into paste or pressed for vegetable oil.
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
This delightful pumpkin smoothie recipe is like chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, but without the unhealthy fats and excess calories.
This thick and creamy smoothie makes a delicious and filling liquid breakfast, snack or dessert. It will get you ready for the fall and holiday season!
Use very ripe bananas (with brown spots), preferably frozen to give this pumpkin smoothie a thick texture, and sweeten it according to your preference.
This recipe works beautifully with a squash puree too. I tried acorn and kabocha and they were both delicious. Raw squash or pumpkin can be used, too. You can play around with the flavors easily by adding some vanilla extract or pumpkin or apple pie spice instead of just cinnamon.
- add 1 cup of mild greens, such as spinach (if you are not going for a bright orange wow-factor)
- add 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
- add more water/non-dairy milk, or to desired consistency
- add 1/4 cup of raisins instead of dates
If using dry ingredients, blend them with liquid first until smooth. Then add the rest of ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. (High speed blenders may need 2 minutes, less powerful blenders may need a lot more, sometimes 5-10 minutes).
This recipe is Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy free, Egg free, Refined sugar free, Wheat free, Soy free (if not using soy milk), Nut free, Gluten free, and Sodium free. Please use only non dairy milk in your smoothies! Even this doctor and doctors at PCRM.org will tell you so!
There are many non-dairy, cruelty-free sources of calcium – check them out here.
For all my blending recipes I use Vitamix. If you don’t already own a VitaMix, I strongly encourage you to check out what this machine is capable of! For more information about VitaMix you can go directly to the VitaMix website. You may also want to read my post about the Best Blender.
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