Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Nothing looks and tastes of autumn or the beginning of the holiday season more than pumpkin pie.  The colour, the sweet, earthy flavour and nostalgia attached to pumpkin pie is warming, cozy and filling – everything you crave as the leaves turn golden brown, the weather gets colder and the days shorter!   While I thought about coming up with a healthier version, I decided to try out the classic pumpkin pie flavours as a smoothie, since I love them.  Normally I make green smoothies, so to come up with a fall-inspired one sounded like a nice change!  It’s perfect for using up leftovers too.  I usually make it as a dessert as it’s on the sweet side. It’s so thick and creamy it feels like I’m having a decadent, naughty treat.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

What’s not to love about this smoothie? Pumpkin and sweet potato are the perfect pair for this naturally sweet, fall treat. The high vitamin A content is essential for vision, especially at night. Beta-carotene, also concentrated in sweet potatoes and pumpkin, is an antioxidant that may help ward off cancer. Together with the banana, this smoothie contains a trio of low glycemic, mood boosting ingredients that will keep you fuller, happier, and energized longer. The high potassium content is also a plus, as the RDA for potassium is very high and it can be difficult to get enough potassium on a daily basis.

I also like the optional maca powder for several reasons. Maca powder comes from the root of the maca plant found in Peru. Traditionally, maca has been used to not only enhance energy and mood, but also to regulate the endocrine system, particularly in women. The naturally sweet taste of maca makes it the perfect addition to any smoothie!

By Katie Bishop, MS, Nutritionist
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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1/3 cup sweet potato (cooked and cooled)

1/3 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

1 frozen banana

1 date

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice or pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon maca powder (optional)

1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)

1/2 cup coconut milk

sliced pears and cinnamon (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except coconut milk, and pear and cinnamon garnish into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add coconut milk in small amounts and blend until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cinnamon and top with sliced pears.
Place all ingredients except coconut milk, and pear and cinnamon garnish into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add coconut milk in small amounts and blend until desired consistency is reached. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cinnamon and top with sliced pears.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 176; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 192mg; Potassium: 502mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 21g; Protein: 3g

Nutrition Bonus:  Vit A: 157%; Vit C: 13%; Iron: 7%

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