If you’re not excited by the prospect of a pumpkin smoothie, then this recipe may just change your mind. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftover pumpkin after carving Halloween lanterns. Or an excuse to make lanterns in the first place…
Inspired by Starbucks’ now legendary pumpkin spice latte, we thought we’d put our own Blendery twist on it. Oh, and add coconut… Because you can never have too much coconut in your life. Obviously.
With just three ingredients, this creamy smoothie is super-simple to prepare. It’s not only healthy (we’ll talk nutrition in a sec), but doubles as a comforting snack too. Just skip the liquid for a thicker consistency that you can enjoy with a spoon.
Coconut Pumpkin Smoothie Nutrition
A 50g serving of pumpkin contains just 17 calories, yet provides more than your entire day’s vitamin A needs. It’s low in fat and cholesterol, whilst containing dietary fibre to aid digestion.
Fresh pumpkins are available from the end of September until November, but you can always use canned pumpkin puree if you fancy it at any other time of the year. And unlike most canned products, you don’t need to worry about any crazy additives or preservatives, since it’s generally just 100% pumpkin.
How To Make A Creamy Coconut & Pumpkin Smoothie
Here are the three simple ingredients you’ll need to whip up a single serving…
– 50g | 2oz | ¼ cup – fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin puree
– 120ml | ½ cup – vegan coconut yogurt or coconut milk
– ¼ teaspoon – cinnamon
#1. If you’re using fresh pumpkin, then peel and blend it until you have a smooth puree. If you’re using canned puree then you can skip this step.
#2. Blend the puree with the coconut yogurt and ground cinnamon. Add a little water if needed, until you get your desired smoothie consistency.
Creamy Coconut & Pumpkin Smoothie – Optional Upgrades
For an even sweeter smoothie, try adding a drop of vanilla extract. Spice-wise, you can swap cinnamon for mixed spice, pumpkin pie spice, or nutmeg, which all make great alternatives. Lastly, adding a dessert-spoon of ground flax will super-boost the dietary fibre content, along with omega-3 fatty acids.
Other Useful Tips?
You’ll get eight pumpkin smoothies from a typical 425g can of pumpkin puree. You can refrigerate leftover pumpkin in an air-tight container so it stays fresh for longer. Yay! Pumpkin smoothies all week!