It’s officially pumpkin season! My favorite time of the year. Yes, I used to be one of those girl who drank a pumpkin spice latte every day in October. I counted down the days until I could get my hands on that pumpkiny goodness… Then I learned what goes into them and how extremely bad they are for you. I know, I know… I’m being a buzzkill! But I figured why drink all that processed sugar and unhealthy fat when I can make my own pumpkin drinks at home with whole food ingredients. A drink that will nourish instead of wreak havoc on my body.
I decided to make a raw vegan pumpkin spice smoothie using of a handful of unprocessed ingredients. Pumpkin can be eaten raw and is full of vitamins A and C, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. Vitamin C is extremely sensitive to heat. When we used canned pumpkin, which is cooked, we automatically loose all that vitamin C. I personally want all the vitamin C I can get around this time of year to keep the cold and flu away.
For this recipe you will need a high speed blender, like a Vitamix. I first cut a cooking pumpkin in half and removed the guts and seeds, which is the stringy part in the center. I scraped out the meat from the inside and placed it in my blender. Then I opened a young Thai coconut and tossed the coconut water and meat into my blender. I proceeded to blend the pumpkin, coconut water, coconut meat, dates, frozen bananas, vanilla extract, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. If your dates are not fresh you will want to soak them in water for a few hours to make them softer and easier to blend.
This smoothie is so delicious and satisfying. For more flavor, add more cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to taste. If you are not a fan of coconut, substitute the coconut water and meat with 1 cup of almond milk. If you cannot find any cooking pumpkins at your local store, use canned pumpkin.
I hope you enjoy this very healthy, very tasty raw vegan pumpkin spice smoothie! Happy Halloween!!
Pumpkin Spice SmoothiePrint Recipe
- 1 cup pumpkin "meat" from a cooking pumpkin
- 1 young Thai coconut
- 2 frozen bananas
- 4 small pitted dates
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Remove pits from dates. If they are not fresh, soak them in water for 2 hours.
Cut a cooking pumpkin in half and remove the guts and seeds. Scrap out the meat from the inside and place in blender.
Opened a young Thai coconut and place the coconut water and meat into blender.
Blended all ingredients until smooth. This may take a few minutes to blend.