This indulgent pumpkin smoothie is like chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, but without all the fat and calories. Easy, delicious and very healthy, this golden drink just shows how versatile pumpkin can be. Great as a filling liquid breakfast, as an energy boosting treat or even as a dessert, you will be amazed at how creamy and delicious this drink turns out to be.
Thanks to the soaked rolled oats, the chia seeds and the ripe frozen banana, this smoothie has a thick, rich texture and will give you a bit more power than other creamy drinks. In this recipe, we used fresh pumpkin puree, but you could also used canned pumpkin if you'd like. And to offset the spice from the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon, we have sweetened this indulgent drink with a big drop of maple syrup.
1. Gather the ingredients
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 3 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1 and 1/2 cup of pumpkin
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
- 1.5 tbsp of maple syrup
2. Prep the pumpkin
Peel and cut the pumpkin into big chunks. Boil, drain and let it cool.
3. Freeze the banana
Leave a ripe banana in the freezer for an hour or until frozen. Take out and peel. Note: It’s much easier to peel the banana before you freeze it!
Whisk together the almond milk, oats and chia seeds in a medium-size bowl. Place in the fridge for about an hour, or preferably overnight.
Blend the pumpkin, banana and soaked oat, chia and milk together until smooth (add more milk or pumpkin if you need to, until you get a creamy smoothie consistency).
6. Spice up
Add the ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground nutmeg and blend away. Taste it, and if you feel it needs to be sweeter, add a spoonful of maple syrup (or honey). Garnish with extra cinnamon, seeds or some whipped coconut cream. Yum!
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