A creamy and delicious Autumn beverage that you will FALL in love with.
Do you wait for pumpkin flavored foods all year long? So many of us do! The classic pumpkin spice latte is beloved by all, and for good reason! It’s full of warm and comforting flavors that are perfect for the season. But not all of us are coffee drinkers. And some of us live in the south where the warm, summer weather lingers well into winter time. With this in mind, we created a beverage that everyone can enjoy! Our scrumptious pumpkin spice smoothie is rich, creamy, and so easy to make!
All the Flavors of the Season
This pumpkin spice smoothie offers a dream-worthy combination of autumnal flavors. From the pumpkin to the vanilla, and the rich spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, this breakfast beverage has everything you could ever want!
The fresh pumpkin puree teams up with frozen banana and almond milk to create the creamy base for this smoothie. And don’t worry, you won’t really taste the banana; the flavor will be masked by the spices. It’s used in this recipe purely for its creamy texture! Next, maple syrup is added for a bit of sweetness to balance out the warm spiciness of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. And finally, the vanilla works to enhance and pull all of the flavors together into a truly delectable treat!
A Super Easy Autumn Breakfast
Breakfast doesn’t get any easier than this! This recipe will take you less than 5 minutes to make! All you need to do is whip out your blender and puree all of the ingredients until you reach a smooth, creamy texture. Depending on how cold you want it, you can add more (or less) ice cubes. Just keep in mind that this will alter the amount you will get per serving.
While we enjoy drinking this pumpkin spice smoothie for breakfast, we make it as an afternoon treat or after dinner dessert on occasion, as well. It’s a great way to celebrate the season, morning, noon, and night!
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But like we said, our favorite time to throw this smoothie together is in the AM. It’s great for busy mornings for two main reasons. One, it’s super easy to take with you and drink on the go! Enjoy it on your way to work or during your walk to school. And two, it’s a breakfast that will give you energy for hours. Hectic days require lots of fuel!
Is a homemade pumpkin spice smoothie good for your health as a dessert? It depends. If the smoothie is made with healthy ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and yogurt, it can be beneficial to health. However, if it is made with unhealthy ingredients such as sugar, processed ingredients, and saturated fats, it can be detrimental to health. This is why one should avoid the commercial cafe pumpkin spice smoothie like the plague.
Homemade smoothies are usually made with fresh ingredients, without any preservatives or artificial flavors. They are also typically cheaper and can be made with healthier substitutions such as almond milk instead of cow’s milk. Additionally, homemade smoothies can be customized to your own preferences, so you can add your own twists or flavors.
Here’s a pro tip: Sometimes, we like to add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the blender to give us an added boost of nutrients!
Whether you decide to add extra protein or not, this smoothie is bursting with nutrients! Plus, it qualifies as a low-calorie meal or treat, coming in at just over 130 calories per serving. Let’s break down a few of the specific ingredients!
This ingredient is rich in vitamin K, which contributes to healthy bones and wound healing.
This fruit is a great source of vitamins B6 and C, both of which play a role in building a healthy immune system. Bananas are also rich in potassium and magnesium, which contribute to heart health. They’re a good source of fiber, too, which is a nutrient that promotes digestion and weight loss.
This yummy, dairy-alternative is rich in Vitamin E which maintains eye and organ health, and may even help protect against diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
The antioxidant-rich spices in this pumpkin spice smoothie all offer many different benefits to the body. Nutmeg can soothe pain and indigestion, as well as boost brain and immune function. Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties and promotes heart health. The antioxidant properties found in Allspice may be able to reduce inflammation and pain, combat nausea, and even slow cancer growth.
You’re looking at a recipe that not only tastes like autumn in a glass but one that is easy to prepare and good for you too! Are you going to try our pumpkin spice smoothie? If you do, be sure to let us know what you thought of it in the comment section, below! Enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree fresh or canned
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 cup almond milk optional soy, lite coconut, or skim milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup more or less to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 cup ice
- Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
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If you enjoyed this pumpkin spice smoothie, we think you might also like to try our Best Pumpkin Recipes for the Holiday Season!
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 17, 2013.