Oct 24, 2011

Pumpkin Smoothie - Healthy Enough for Breakfast

Pumpkin has been a large part of our diet this month. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A, beta-carotene and fiber. They are also low in calories. This pumpkin smoothie is healthy, satisfying and packed with protein. It is great on-the-go and keeps you full for hours. Don't be deceived: it tastes great. Bean loves this and Cale pounds it as if it were a milkshake. If you enjoy pumpkin, you may find yourself wanting to start every morning off with this glorious, nutritious smoothie.

One note before you make this...this isn't a pumpkin milkshake. You won't find tons of sugar and ice cream in this smoothie. It is more breakfast than dessert, but I  wouldn't say no to it for dessert either.

Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
Sugar Betty

Notes: You can add 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice instead of the spices if you have it. You will need to add a little sweetener to this, add whatever sweetener you want up to 3 1/2 tablespoons. I usually add maple syrup or brown sugar up to 1 tablespoon per recipe, but my smoothies are NOT super sweet. I also add flax and pumpkin seeds to my smoothie, but feel free to add any nuts or seeds or exclude them completely. One last note, add the ice if viscosity is not an issue and you want a colder smoothie. Cale likes his with ice, I exclude ice for Bean's.

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or freshly roasted)
1/2 cup silken tofu
1 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond, coconut)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 - 3 1/2 tablespoons sweetener (maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, agave) 
pinch of salt
flax seed, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), Chia seeds, walnuts (optional)
1 cup ice (optional: exclude for a thicker smoothie)

In a blender add milk, pumpkin and tofu and blend until smooth. Stop blender and add spices, salt and sweetener. Blend until combined. Add seeds and nuts, and ice (if using) and blend until smooth. Enjoy.

Lazy way: Throw all ingredients into the blender or food processor and puree it on high for a minute or two. Enjoy.

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