When the temperature begins to drop, the leaves begin to turn and the days begin to shorten, you know it’s pumpkin time again.There are many ways to enjoy this delicious orange vegetable, but if you like your pumpkin in a glass, then why not try a pumpkin smoothie.A pumpkin smoothie is also an easy way to satisfy those pumpkin cravings with less sugar and fewer calories than the traditional baked pumpkin pies, loaves and cookies.
Should you Use Fresh or Canned Pumpkin
Canned pumpkin is readily available year round, so is a great time saver and has the same nutritional value as fresh. But there is no substitute for freshly cooked pumpkin, it tastes so much better. Fresh pumpkin is really only available in the fall and winter so whenever you get the chance, take the time and trouble to cook up a batch. My favourite method is to oven bake. It somehow seems to enrich the flavour.
Storing Cooked Pumpkin
Once cooked puree the pumpkin using a blender or food processor. Spoon into jars, cover with a lid and store in the refrigerator. I recommend using within 3 – 5 days. Any surplus can easily be frozen. Spoon into suitable storage containers. A great trick is to use ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove the pumpkin from the trays, then place into freezer bags and seal. You now have small serving size pieces of pumpkin to throw into your blender.
Spicy Pumpkin Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup cooked pumpkin½ cup vanilla yogurt1 ¼ cups almond milk½ teaspoon turmeric1 teaspoon cinnamon1 tablespoon almond butterHow to MakePlace the cooked pumpkin, yogurt, almond milk, turmeric, cinnamon and almond butter into your blender jug and blend on high until smooth.Pour into serving glasses
Orange Pumpkin Smoothie
Ingredients½ cup cooked pumpkin1 whole orange, segmented1 frozen banana½ cup Greek style yogurt½ cup orange juice½ – 1 teaspoon freshly grated gingerHow to MakePeel and segment the orange. Add the orange segments, cooked pumpkin, banana, yogurt, orange juice and grated ginger to your blender. Turn up to high and whizz away until your smoothie is this and creamy. Pour into your favorite glasses. This makes two glasses.
Note: When adding the ginger, start with ½ teaspoon then add more if needed. Fresh ginger has a strong taste, and it can very easily overpower the other flavors.
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Smoothie
Ingredients½ cup pureed pumpkin1 frozen banana2 – 3 tablespoons peanut butter (depending on taste)1 tablespoon almond butter1 cup almond milk½ teaspoon nutmeg1 tablespoon cinnamonHow to MakeWhizz together the pureed pumpkin, frozen banana, peanut butter, almond butter, almond milk, nutmeg and cinnamon until smooth and creamy. (How much peanut butter you use depends on personal taste, but I ended up adding 3 tablespoons to get that peanut butter flavor).This makes two glasses.
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