It’s officially fall, which means everything pumpkin flavored must make an appearance. Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin bagels, Pumpkin Pie, all the pumpkins!
While we love them all, the downside to many of our favorite pumpkin treats is that they don’t score particularly high on the healthy meter. No worries though, there are healthier ways to get your pumpkin fix! A new addition to my morning line up is an awesome pumpkin smoothie. Made with raw pumpkin and other natural ingredients, it is a perfect fall touch for your breakfast routine. The fact that it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare is an added bonus.
I adapted this recipe from Corey over at Family Fresh Meals; check out the link for her original recipe. If you like your smoothies a little sweeter, her full tablespoon of honey may work better than my teaspoon.
So how do you make this delicious creation?
1/2 cup of pumpkin (actual pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup milk ( I used skim, you could swap for almond)
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I added a touch more)
1 teaspoon honey
1 medium banana frozen (If you only have fresh Corey recommended a few ice cubes to get the smoothie really cold)
Add all of the ingredients in the blender. I like to put the frozen banana at the bottom so it blends quickly. Blend until smooth and delicious!
Each smoothie is 251 calories with 55g carbohydrates, 11g protein, and .6g fat.
You could placate all of your pumpkin cravings with this smoothie, but delicious as it is, I wouldn’t trade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving for it. Everything in moderation! This will however, allow you to get your pumpkin fix more frequently.