I love this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe because it tastes rich and creamy, is satisfying, and, yet, is low in calories. The addition of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice adds to the health benefits of this tasty fall beverage. Cinnamon is a powerful spice that has been used medicinally for centuries. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, helps prevent diabetes, aids in digestive support and assists with pain relief. It stimulates the production of digestive enzymes and helps to make the body more receptive to insulin. Cardamom, another ingredient in Pumpkin Pie Spice and a staple of traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, is also anti-inflammatory and supports digestive health.
By using nut milk, this Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie is also appropriate for a vegan diet. I used almond milk but any nut milk can be substituted. The addition of almond butter gives it a thicker richer texture, and maple syrup adds another dimension of flavor. You can also substitute brown sugar or honey. I like using maple syrup because a little goes a long way in the flavor department and it has a lower glycemic index than other sweeteners. Almonds bring antioxidant power to the party and also have a low glycemic load, helping to regulate blood sugar.
So if you like pumpkin, play with this basic recipe and tweak it to suit your taste. Spiced Pumpkin Smoothies can be your new healthy fall breakfast, meal replacement or afternoon treat.
Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie
- 1 15 oz can organic canned pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons creamy almond butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or brown sugar
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- 2 cups organic vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup ice cubes
- toasted pumpkin seeds
Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until smooth
Top with a shake of pumpkin pie spice and garnish with pumpkin seeds