Holiday Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

pumpkin-smoothieThe holidays are hear and so are pumpkins, squashes, cranberries and hearty foods.  I love holiday foods and spices and I have found a way to enjoy one of my favorite dishes without all the unnecessary fillers, dairy, and processed sugars and have it be a complete healthy easy meal! This recipe is a fun way to enjoy the holidays!

It’s a pumpkin spice smoothie and it tastes like pumpkin pie filling! Hmmmm…a wonderful treat.

Really take advantage of the high nutrient foods of the season.  Pumpkins are high in beta carotene, antioxidants, high fiber, Vitamins C,E, A and is low glycemic. We love that!

I created this recipe myself and it’s a super-healthy seasonal smoothie that’s perfect for a pick me up or a complete meal! Hope you like it like I do…

It’s a great source of protein (15g or more) and 10g fiber. The added almonds and cashews add a creamy texture and lots of essential fats. This recipe makes 20oz of smoothie and approximately 370 calories so for a guy, you will need to double the pumpkin and add more almonds. Let’s get started!

Check out my video to see how I made it.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Pumpkin puree (canned, homebaked, or raw), ½ cup for girls, 1c for guys
10-12 almonds, 6 cashews soaked in water overnight for 12 hours
1-1 ½ c water and ice
1/8 tsp of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Dash of mineral salt- enhances the flavor
1 tbsp coconut butter or oil
1 tbsp of rice protein
4 Dates (can substitute honey/maple syrup/agave nectar)
Dash of Stevia for sweetener

Directions:
Add water and ice to blender cup and mix in pumpkin puree. Take the almonds and cashews that you’ve soaked for 12 hours and add them to the mix. Add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, mineral salt, coconut butter, rice protein and sweeteners and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until done.

Looking for an extra bit of nutrients? Add 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaf and add to mix!cb20easyveggiemealsebook20final4

Keep it green!

Kardena Pauza

Author, Easy Veggie Meal Plans

Remember- A typical Thanksgiving dinner is 2,700 calories-4,000 calories. Enjoy yourself without stuffing yourself like a turkey.

15 Comments Leave a Comment

Comment by Delphia
2009-11-25 00:51:11

This looks delicious! Maybe I’ll give this a try this week. =)

 
Comment by Serena McLening
2009-11-25 06:14:37

What a little darling you are! Just when I need a helping hand with my eating war-up pops Kardena! I cant wait to make this, I just know it will make my day special and lift my spirits. Thank you.

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 03:51:58

Thanks, I hope you really enjoyed the smoothie!

 
 
Comment by Jon
2009-11-25 10:22:59

Kardena – thanks so much for sharing – I know that pumpkin is a super food – and I am always looking for ways to make it part of my diet – this smoothie looks delicious – can’t wait to try it

 
Comment by Natasha Allrich
2009-11-25 11:30:14

Kardena!

This recipe looks absolutetly delicious. I have a pumpkin sitting on my kitchen table and was wondering what I could do with it, besides make a pie. (I don’t bake), but I do make smoothies almost daily. Thanks for the great suggestion! I look forward to enjoying this recipe!

 
Comment by Kelly
2009-11-25 18:36:36

Thank you for sharing this delish fall recipe! I am very high raw and looking to add a yummy vanilla rice protein powder into my diet. Any brand you could recommend? Thank you.

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 03:54:21

I would use raw hemp seeds or ground into powder. Vega is another option. Enjoy!

 
 
Comment by Rob - @formerfatguy
2009-11-26 19:46:36

Someone sent me a recipe a few days ago. Looked great. Pumpkin smoothie.

I checked my email today and saw a link from you to a pumpkin smoothie.

Cool I thought. Another pumpkin recipe.

ha, it was this one

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 03:55:02

Wow! what a small world!

 
 
Comment by Brien Shamp
2009-11-27 16:55:56

Awesome recipe. I look forward to trying it.

Brien Shamp
http://www.optimalfitnesslifestyle.com

 
Comment by Patrick
2009-11-30 18:23:05

Hiya Kardena,

I made your smoothie exactly according to your directions, doubling everything because I am a man and I wanted to make a pitcher instead of a glass and it was soooooooooooooooooooooo good! I was so full I didn’t eat much turkey! I made another one the next day, instead of using Rice Milk I substituted Organic Hemp Vanilla Spice and it was also yummy! Love your recipes! Keep them coming. :-)

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 03:58:25

I’m glad you like them as much as i do!

 
 
Comment by Jeegisha
2009-12-04 21:27:33

This a a fabulous smoothie! My kids loved it, even with the spinach! Thanks for the recipe K!!!

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-02-14 03:56:49

That’s a winner!

 
 
Comment by Endosimbido
2011-01-11 18:06:33

what I was looking for, thanks

 
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