How to Make a Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
It’s fall so that can only mean one thing; people are going to go a little crazy for pumpkin-flavored everything. While some people prefer pumpkin in their coffee, you can also turn your favorite fall dessert into a healthier option. To get you into the spirit of the season, here are some tips to creating the perfect smoothie that can be drank as a meal replacement, snack, or even healthy and low-fat dessert.
Here is how to make the perfect pumpkin pie smoothie for the fall season.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe
Decide On Your Smoothie Base: To start with, the smoothie base is going to be similar to any other smoothie you make by adding ice or fresh and ripe frozen fruit. I like using frozen fruit in my smoothie since it acts as ice and makes it extra cold.
You then want to choose your main dairy components of milk and yogurt. If you are a vegan, you can go with a yogurt substitute and use almond or soy milk instead of regular milk. Greek yogurt is a good option for a pumpkin pie smoothie since it is healthy and adds a nice vanilla flavor. Sweeten it up with maple syrup or honey. Agave nectar is a unique flavor option as well and can act as a sweetener option. You don’t need as much agave as honey, so you can use less of it in your recipe.
Add in the Pumpkin and Spices: Once you have your base, add in the pumpkin and other seasonings. For a pumpkin pie smoothie, start with your own fresh pumpkin puree. Roast the pumpkin to soften it up, then cut it into pieces and put it in a food processor to make a puree. Canned pumpkin can be substituted if needed. If you want to enjoy pumpkin smoothies year-round, be sure to stock up this fall!
For the spices, a pinch of pumpkin pie spice should be good enough, but you can also add some ground cinnamon for a twist. Vanilla extract can be added for another bit of flavoring.
Follow Standard Smoothie Directions: Place ingredients into a high-powered blender. The Nutribullet blender is my favorite for easy smoothies, but the Vitamix has a reputation for being a higher end brand that offers more options for blending, juicing, making soups, and more.
Add the thicker ingredients such as ice and pumpkin cubes to the bottom of the blender and fill with liquid ingredients. Blend until smooth. Slowly add in more milk until desired consistency is reached. Add additional seasoning or sweeteners to taste.
Decide on your consistency: Add more ice for a thicker blend or you can add more liquid for more of a juice.
Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe:
- Base: Ice, pumpkin puree
- Dairy: Milk and/or Yogurt (Try Soy milk and/or Greek Yogurt for a healthier smoothie)
- Flavor: Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract (optional)
Now you can enjoy your pumpkin fix with a healthy, festive drink this fall.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin this fall?