Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

It honestly doesn’t get more basic than this. But alas! Sometimes basic is simply delicious- and in this case nutritious as well (sorry pumpkin spice lattes…). When the fall season arrives, I take full advantage. My integrative nutrition side would say I like to “eat with the seasons,” taking advantage of seasonal produce (hi pumpkins). Either way, you don’t have to go to Starbucks to enjoy some pumpkin spice. And you can enjoy it in a much healthier way too!

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This recipe was not planned. I woke up one particularly fall-ish morning- a chill breeze biting at my ankles, dense overcast skies, a layer of soft mist covering the fields, and the vibrant colors of autumn leaves piercing through the gray atmosphere. It put me in a mood. And that mood involves consumings lots of pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon, ginger, possibly figs, and definitely pecans. My kitchen just to happened to be prepared with all of those things- so naturally I threw all of it into one bowl of edible autumn.

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Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 1/2 cup canned/roasted pumpkin

  • 1/4-1/2 medium zucchini (I know, I know… but I promise you won’t taste it AND it bulks the smoothie up AND you need to eat your veggies okay)

  • 1/2 small sweet potato (cooked)

  • a squeeze of orange juice or splash of almond milk

  • cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, vanilla… all the things!

  • a splash of almond milk

  • a few ice cubes

  • vanilla protein powder *optional

Toppings:

  • dried figs

  • pumpkin seeds

  • pecans

  • granola (I used homemade)

  • a drizzle of almond butter or tahini (if you’re obsessed like me)

Blend all the ingredients for the base in a blender, then pour/spoon into a bowl. It should be thicker than a smoothie, almost like soft serve. Top with toppings of choice, and consume all the glorious flavors of fall. Wear a cozy sweater and possibly fuzzy socks for maximum enjoyment.



Grace Rash