Pumpkin Smoothie

Adapted from the Kale & Chocolate recipe as seen in Gutbliss by Dr. Robynne Chutkan

One morning I made this smoothie for my breakfast. The kids surprised me by wanting to taste it. I thought they might be turned off by the bright color. We were all hooked from the first sip. I’ve been making this smoothie a few times per week ever since. It’s great for an afternoon snack, too. I added a little almond butter to give it some sticking power, a date for sweetness and just a touch of molasses and allspice to seal in that pumpkin pie flavor.

  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree (see tips)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon smooth almond butter
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 inch knob peeled ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Blend on high for about a minute, or until mixture is smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately and store leftovers in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 1 day.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. I use organic canned pumpkin for this recipe. Some canned products contain BPA (found in the can liners). The organic brands are generally BPA free. Right around the holidays, canned pumpkin is pretty cheap! I load up so I can make this smoothie again and again.
  • 2. I don’t always remember to freeze the banana ahead of time. The urge for this smoothie can hit unexpectedly! If using a non-frozen banana, toss in a 1/2 cup of ice.
  • 3. This recipe is supposed to serve 4, but if I’m having it for breakfast I drink 1/2 the batch all by myself.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 4

3 responses to “Pumpkin Smoothie”

  1. Nikki says:

    Anything special we need to know about freezing banana? In other words, do I need to do any special preparation tips other than peel, slice, bag and freeze?

    • Alicia says:

      Nope. Just peel slice (or break into chunks) and freeze. That’s it. Most of the time I forget this step and add a 1/2 cup of ice instead. Works just about the same. Enjoy!

  2. Veronica says:

    I’m going to make this for my ladies group tomorrow. They have been asking me to bring them more samples of green smoothies. This looks yum!

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