Feed your pumpkin craving with this snack size 100 calorie Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!
Are you thrilled when fall rolls around and pumpkin starts to show up on store shelves in plentiful amounts? I am! I cook a lot with pumpkin because it’s incredibly nutritious, delicious and versatile. Right now I’m totally digging this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.
Smoothies are a fantastic breakfast, pre or post workout snack, or mid-afternoon pick me up. If you are not careful, the calories and sugar they contain can add up quickly, particularly when purchasing them at smoothie bars. This Pumpkin Pie Smoothie contributes only 100 calories to your day. The protein from the cottage cheese and the fiber from the pumpkin will help keep your hunger at bay. Plus, pumpkin is a fabulous source of many nutrients including Vitamins A and C, potassium, zinc, and fiber. This smoothie provides 160% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. Tasty and great for you too! Plus, it’s gluten-free and vegetarian, and a great option for Meatless Monday.
If you are really hungry, simply double the recipe for a meal-sized smoothie.
Feed your pumpkin craving with this snack size 100 calorie Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!… Click To Tweet
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- ¼ banana (preferably frozen)
- ¼ cup low fat cottage cheese
- ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 packet stevia, monkfruit or sweetener of choice
- ½ cup ice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until desired consistency is achieved. Dust with extra pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon as a garnish.
Why do I love pumpkin??
Canned pumpkin works equally well in both sweet and savory dishes. Stirring some into marinara sauce or adding a small amount into a vinaigrette boosts the nutrition, flavor and texture of the recipe. I’m also a huge fan of adding pumpkin into pancakes, overnight oats, muffins, bread pudding and much more. Stay tuned for a Pumpkin Chip Mug Cake recipe coming soon…
Meanwhile, check out some of my favorite pumpkin recipes!
Do you have any cool culinary uses for pumpkin? Please share in the comments below 🙂
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