Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

 

pumpkin-spice-smoothie_0040Apologies here guys, but I have well and truly jumped on the pumpkin spiced bandwagon. I know, what kind of self-respecting Brit am I? But there’s definitely a reason why pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice is so popular, and it isn’t just Starbucks lattes. As the weather turns begins to become warm hued, from the crisp leaves and autumn produce to the first fires, evening house lamps and reemergence of soups. Pumpkin spice, which is pretty much identical to any mixed spice or Christmas blend that you can find in the UK, is comprised of warming notes of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, all of which evoke warmth and comfort. Gourds, the group from which squashes and pumpkins come from, smell fresh, clean and a little summery when fresh, but then cook down into a caramel sweetness that calls for cooling temperatures. I’m currently going crazy for putting pumpkin or squash in my granola and porridges, but for days when a lighter, sweeter breakfast is called for (or I have a large cup of steaming tea to counteract the icy ingredients!), a pumpkin pie smoothie is where its at.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup peeled and cooked squash or pumpkin (you can also use canned puree, if available)
  2. 1 banana, frozen
  3. 1/3 cup cauliflower, frozen
  4. 1 tsp flax or chia seeds
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  7. 1/4 tsp cloves
  8. 2 cm fresh ginger, peeled
  9. {or, use 1-2 tsp mixed/pumpkin spice}
  10. 1/2 tsp turmeric
  11. Pinch black pepper
  12. 150-200ml nut milk (adjust to texture preference)
Instructions
  1. Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blitz.
  2. Recommended: serve with almond or peanut butter (Pip and Nut's limited edition maple crunchy peanut butter is insanely good here) and chopped dark chocolate.
Notes
  1. Level up by adding half an avocado for an even creamier smoothie and a source of monounsaturated fats. If you don't have all the spices listed above, use what you have or pick up pot of mixed spice and use a teaspoonful. Using turmeric and black pepper is an optional extra, but gives the smoothie extra colour and all the anti-inflammatory goodness of turmeric -black pepper significantly improves the bioavailability of curcumin in turmeric.
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