Updated: Oct 6, 2022
Hello October! Hello Pumpkin Month!
Fall is finally here and pumpkins are everywhere!
Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 5min Serves: 2 Servings Level: Beginning
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Pumpkin is extremely versatile, it’s most popularly used in desserts, but it’s so much more than that. If you think about it, you could eat pumpkin for every meal of the day. Why not?
Every Wednesday in October, I will be posting all my top plant-based pumpkin recipes that are easy to make with healthy, whole food ingredients.
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Let’s start the October Pumpkin Recipes with Breakfast!
We see breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and it's even better when it means we get to eat pumpkin! My favorite breakfast has to be a smoothie.
Why Smoothies for Breakfast?
1. Smoothies are my morning booster.
It is quite evident that certain fruits and vegetables increase brain power. After a night's rest, our bodies' energy stores are depleted, and we wake up ready to refuel for the upcoming day. Smoothies' ingredients help our bodies to move and help our brains work faster.
2. Smoothies keep me hydrated.
Water is the most abundant thing both on earth and in your body. About 70 percent of your body is water. Having smoothies along with breakfast is a great way to replenish the water loss in your body during the summer. Staying hydrated is beneficial for our skin, digestive system, and overall body function.
3. Smoothies are packed with fruits and veggies.
Some days I can not reach my fruit and vegetable target, and smoothies are a great way to sneak in more vegetables and fruits into your daily life!
4. Smoothies are pumped with superfoods.
Smoothies are a great way of boosting my immune, digestive, and skin health with superfoods and antioxidants. I always add superfoods to my morning smoothie.
5. Smoothies are convenient for me.
If I rush to get to work or I am stressed about an upcoming breakfast, a smoothie always helps me. In about 5 minutes, my family breakfast is ready!
6. Frozen Fruits and Veggies help reduce waste.
Frozen fruits or veggies are the main ingredients in my smoothie. Frozen fruits and vegetables contain just as many nutrients and shelf life as fresh produce. Food waste is most commonly seen in the form of fruits and vegetables and contributes to a significant environmental burden. As a chef, not wasting food is part of my kitchen life. So, freezing your leftover produce, or fruits that are going out of season is a great way to reduce your food waste.
PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
This smoothie is the perfect recipe for days when you’re craving fall flavors, but the weather is still warm enough to enjoy drinking a cold smoothie. It is thick, creamy and delicious, and only takes 5 minutes to make. With healthy pumpkin pie vibes, this seasonal fall smoothie is a great way to start your day!
If you are a pumpkin lover, then you will love this recipe. Pumpkin is a superfood, loaded with Vitamin A, filled with fiber and packed with potassium, making it the perfect base for a healthy smoothie. Top your smoothie with granola, some chopped nuts, and cacao nibs or simply enjoy it on its own for a delicious breakfast.
½ frozen banana
1 cup of homemade pumpkin puree
⅓ cup dairy-free milk
¾ tsp pumpkin spices ( or scat of it½ cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg & a tiny pinch clove)
½ tsp vanilla extract
( OPTIONAL) 1tbsp Pumpkin Seeds Butter or Almond or Pecan Butter
(OPTIONAL) 1tbsp Maple Syrup
Step 1: Add all the smoothie ingredients into a blender
Step 2: Blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Step 3: Enjoy it
If you make this pumpkin pie smoothie, please snap a photo and tag @andreea.plantbasedchef on Instagram! I would love it if you would leave a comment below. Thanks so much!