I love fall! I love pumpkins! And yes, I’m one of those people who get all happy about seeing pumpkin spice flavors this time of year! I enjoy a pumpkin spice latte once and a while (and this green smoothie version!)
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to visit the pumpkin patch with my husband and son. We each pick out our own pumpkins. They decorate our bay window that looks out onto red, orange, and yellow trees. Then we carve into Jack-o-Lanters just before Halloween and toast up the seeds!
I’ve made several pumpkin green smoothies before.
I like to use cooked and cooled pumpkin, or take a shortcut and use organic pumpkin puree (make sure there are no additives). If you are a dedicated raw foodist, you can blend fresh raw pumpkin that was soaked in water with a squeeze of lemon over night.
Canned pumpkin puree has the most flavor, though, and it saves a ton of time. However, you can easily make your own pumpkin puree.
I added hazelnuts to suggest a bit of a “pie” flavor (that’s the secret to a pie smoothie!). You can also use cashews. For a low-fat alternative, use 1/2 peach.
Pumpkin Spice Green Smoothie Recipe
- 8 ounces of almond milk (make your own)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 banana, peeled
- 10 raw hazelnuts (or cashews)
- 1 scoop protein powder (I use NutriBiotic Vegan Protein Powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Dash of nutmeg
- 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calories: 348 | Protein: 16g | Carbs: 56g | Fiber: 10.3g | Calcium: 13% RDA | Iron: 4.3mg | Vitamin A: 177% | Vitamin C: 182%
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 24-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
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