It’s official. My clients are reporting pumpkin spice lattes in their food logs which can only mean one thing: fall has arrived.
So in case you also suffer from the pumpkin spice effect, today’s recipe will satisfy your craving but nourish your cells, too. Because unlike those lattes that mainly provide sugar and nostalgia, this pumpkin spice smoothie packs real nourishment, thanks to a heaping dose of real pumpkin.
A few pumpkin spice facts…
- Pumpkin spice is a blend of healthful spices, with their own beneficial properties: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
- Pumpkin is very high in the antioxidant, beta-carotene.
- The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A, which we need for proper immune function, our visual system, cellular growth and also fetal development.
- Your body absorbs carotenoids best when fat is present in the meal, which is why I prefer using a higher fat milk coconut milk for this smoothie.
- 1 1/4 cups light coconut milk
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Toppings (optional) pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes
- Place all ingredients in a power blender and let run 3 minutes, until smooth.
- Pour into a glass, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes and enjoy,
- If using canned pumpkin puree, be sure to purchase 100% pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling which will contain added sugars.
What’s your favourite pumpkin spice recipe? Let me know in the comments below!