With the nostalgic flavors of a pumpkin pie, this smoothie will become your fall favorite. Pumpkin is high in antioxidants and a great source of energy to keep you fueled throughout the day. This smoothie is also an excellent precursor to winter with both the warming and anti-inflammatory properties of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. For an added boost of spice and flavor, garnish with a cinnamon stick.
½ cup pureed pumpkin
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
1 banana, sliced and frozen ahead of time
1 carrot, chopped (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract or powdered vanilla bean
1 sliver fresh ginger root
Nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
1 cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)
Note: For additional sweetness, add 1 chopped, pitted date.
Place all of the ingredients except the cinnamon stick in a blender and blend at high speed for 2 minutes until it reaches a smooth liquid consistency. Garnish with the cinnamon stick, if desired. Sip, savor, and enjoy.
Recipe by Elise Museles of Kale and Chocolate. First appeared in Gutbliss (Penguin 2013).