Celebrate fall flavors the healthy way. This pumpkin smoothie recipe is proof that not all seasonal treats need to be full of fat and unhealthy ingredients. In fact, this breakfast drink is full of things that are good for you! Instead of getting its sweet and spicy flavor from sugar, syrups and artificial ingredients, this smoothie gets its flavor from fruit, spices and pure honey. Pumpkin is a calming, warming fruit that packs in a lot of flavor, fiber and nutrients without a lot of fat. And with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and potassium, bananas are considered a “super food” and a great source of natural energy. The two combined are a wonderful way to kick-start your morning.
Honey was added here for a little extra sweetness. More than just a sweetener though, honey is full of enzymes, antioxidants and other compounds that do everything from boost immunity to aid in digestion. Some studies have even shown that consuming local honey can help reduce allergy symptoms. To get the full nutritional benefits of honey though, you must make sure that it is raw and unpasteurized. To read more about honey and its benefits, click here.
Simple ingredients and very little prep time make this recipe great for a quick breakfast. Place all the ingredients in your blender or food processor, and you’ll have a breakfast in less time than it would take you to go through the drive-through at your favorite coffee shop or fast-food restaurant. And it’ll actually be good for you!
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup Libby’s pumpkin puree
- 1 ripe banana, frozen and cut into quarters
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Dash of cloves
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon pure honey
- Add ingredients to a food processor or blender. Mix until well combined and smooth.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Pour into glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon if preferred.
- Makes 2 small servings or 1 large glass.
Ingredient tip: If you’re opening a new can of pumpkin puree, you’ll probably have leftovers after making this smoothie. Check out these recipes for Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes, Pumpkin Gingersnap Muffins or Pumpkin Hot Chocolate for more ideas on how to use canned pumpkin.
Shopping tip: Local honey can be difficult to find in your standard grocery store. If you’re interested in the benefits of local honey and live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I purchased the local honey used here at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley. This pure honey was produced in Bucks County and Montgomery County.
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