Holiday Favorite: Pumpkin Banana Spice Smoothie Recipe
If you’re looking for ways to make your Thanksgiving and holiday season healthier, start with my Pumpkin Banana Spice vegan smoothie. 

It’s a delicious, nutrient-rich substitute for pumpkin pie or a pumpkin latte and will keep you feeling lighter and more energized than sugary desserts.

This smoothie is great for breakfast or after a tough workout. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fiber, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, it can provide the following health benefits:
  • Healthy, Glowing Skin & Hair
  • Detoxification
  • Immunity Boost
  • Heart Health & Lower Blood Pressure
  • Electrolyte Balance
  • Strong Vision
Pumpkin Banana Spice Smoothie

Prep time:  10 minutes
Recipe makes about 20 ounces

Ingredients
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ banana
  • 1 medjool date (pitted)
  • 1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp vanilla (alcohol free)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Dash cloves
  • Dash ginger
Directions

1. Blend almond milk, medjool date and vanilla until date is pureed.

2. Blend in pumpkin puree, banana, chia seeds and cinnamon.

3. Add a tiny dash of each spice to taste.  Keep in mind, the flavors are very strong, so a small pinch will go a long way. 

4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

Tips

For a savory flavor, add a dash of Himalayan salt. 

For a thinner consistency, add additional almond milk.

You can bake and mash fresh pumpkin, or use pumpkin puree. Be sure to choose pumpkin puree in a recyclable carton rather than in a can to avoid harmful BPA contamination. My favorite organic puree is from Fig Food Co., which you can find at most health food markets.

I’m spending this Thanksgiving with American friends in Hong Kong and will be making this smoothie as our dessert. Try it when you celebrate and let us know how it goes! 

To learn more about plant-based nutrition, check out our video course The Ultimate Guide To Plant-Based Nutrition With Rich Roll.
About the Author
Kathryn Tamblyn is a Los Angeles based nutrition expert and the CEO and Founder of Smoothies by Kathryn.  Through her business, Kathryn guides clients toward healthy, balanced lives with her unique organic smoothie and cleanse programs.
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