Pumpkin spice doesn’t have to just be in a baked good or latte; it can be wrapped up in a healthy smoothie too. This delicious Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe tastes like pumpkin mousse and is full of powerful nutrition.
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I’ve been hitting the pumpkin spice hard here this fall. I started with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Scone recipe that unfortunately (that’s sarcasm there) took me 5 attempts to perfect. Then I moved on to adding pumpkin pie spice to my morning coffee while brewing, but I’m still not satisfied! I wanted something delicious and healthy that was enjoyable to consume in the unfortunate Florida heat we are still experiencing here.
Enter this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe. I set out to combine the warmth of fall spices, the health benefits of some superfoods, and an enjoyable texture. Eureeka, I’ve found it! This is also a smoothie just for one because I hate wasting smoothie and they rarely taste as good the next day.
Why this Smoothie is Healthy
Let me break down some of the amazing benefits you’ll find in the ingredients of this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe and why you might want to consider trying it.
2 tsp of cinnamon can provide 40% of your daily recommended intake of manganese (great for preventing diabetes, increasing bone health1) and 10% of your recommended intake of fiber (great for heart health and GI health).
Ginger has been found to reduce pain from inflammatory diseases (such as arthritis), protects against colorectal cancer (research is still being conducted), and is helpful in fighting against ovarian cancer.3
1 cup of cauliflower contains 73% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C, 19% of the intake for vitamin K, 14% of the intake of folate, along with many more nutrients!4 It also contains a chemical called glucosinolate, which contains sulfur, thus that stinking odor. Emerging research suggests that it is helpful in increasing one’s capacity for utilizing antioxidants!4 Feel free to add more cauliflower rice than this recipe states to get all these great benefits.
One cup of winter squash (which includes pumpkin!) contains a whopping 59% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A,5 which is excellent for eye health and immunity!6 Pumpkin also contains a great amount of fiber, which keeps its glycemic index low (no blood sugar spike!), heart health, and GI health.5 Pumpkin also is an excellent source for manganese, copper, potassium, and magnesium. Finally, pumpkin contains about 26% of your daily intake for vitamin C!
About ¼ cup of molasses contains about 16% of your daily recommended intake for calcium, 26% of your recommended intake for iron, and 31% of your recommended intake for potassium!7 I added it to the recipe for flavor so if you also like molasses, add a little more for some of these benefits.
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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe
- ½ cup vanilla oat milk (or milk of choice)
- ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
- ½ medium banana, frozen (fresh can be used)
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower rice
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash ground cloves
- 1" piece fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Add ingredients in the order they are listed to a high powered blender.
- Blend at high speed until all ingredients are blended and smooth, about 90 seconds.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
- Office of Dietary Supplements - Manganese. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Manganese-HealthProfessional/. Published June 2020. Accessed September 29, 2020.
- Cinnamon, ground. The World's Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=68. Published 2020. Accessed September 29, 2020.
- Ginger Root. The World's Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72. Published 2020. Accessed September 29, 2020.
- Squash, winter. The World's Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=63. Published 2020. Accessed September 29, 2020.
- Office of Dietary Supplements - Vitamin A. NIH Office of Dietary Supplements. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/. Published February 2020. Accessed October 1, 2020.
- Molasses. Nutrition facts for Molasses, recommended daily values and analysis. https://www.nutritionvalue.org/Molasses_nutritional_value.html. Accessed October 1, 2020.