Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipeThis Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is perfect for fall! It’s also great for those times when you’re in the mood for a Pumpkin Pie but don’t want to go through the hassle of baking one. It’s made with baked pumpkin or squash. Remember, a pumpkin is a squash. For the smoothie depicted above I actually used one cup of red kuri squash. When the weather gets a little chilly I tend to bake a pumpkin or squash a couple of times per week so that I have a mason jar of freshly baked pumpkin on hand at all times for fall recipes. I haven’t tried making this Paleo Pumpkin Spice Smoothie with canned pumpkin, so not sure if that would work.

For those of you that are stevia averse, I would suggest making this with either 1-2 dates or a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey in place of the stevia. For the topping, I used coconut whipped cream, however, you can use real whipped cream if that suits you. This Pumpkin Spice Smoothie tastes like a frozen, ice cream-ish version of pumpkin pie and I love whipping one up in the morning after I work out or in the afternoon for a quick pick me up.

The health benefits of pumpkins are numerous. Loaded with magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, and vitamin C they are also a fabulous source of fiber. Pumpkins are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds and polyphenols that can protect the eyes, lower cholesterol and reduce joint pain. Low in calories and high in fiber, pumpkins are an amazing food.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

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  1. Place baked pumpkin, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and stevia in a vitamix
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth
  3. Blend in ice until smooth
  4. Pour into 2 glasses and serve;  top with with coconut cream or whipped cream if desired

Serves 2

I’ve blogged here at Elana’s Pantry since 2006 and have come to realize that in the world of special diets there are many particular needs! It seems that whenever I share a recipe folks want to change it, and I love that. Having food allergies and intolerance means we all have to do our best to take care of ourselves.

I made this recipe numerous times with various proportions of the ingredients in the recipe and the others outlined above (re: sweeteners). I tested and changed items until this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie tasted just right. I drank a lot of Pumpkin Spice Smoothies along the way! But I want to know, how will you change this recipe to meet your needs? What can and can’t you eat? Leave a comment and let me know!

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