There was a day when I believed that a smoothie without fruit was an impossible indulgence. Not to say that fruit is bad- its just something I need to avoid since I deal with longstanding candida issues and metabolic syndrome.
Frozen fruit is what gives a smoothie its thickness and body. The wheels spun in my head ferociously for about a day trying to figure out how to make a pumpkin smoothie thick with the limited ingredients that I can consume. Eventually the light went off and my solution came.
Freeze the pumpkin puree. Simple and Easy! Seems obvious doesn't it?
So that I did. I took a can of (unsweetened) Pumpkin Puree and spooned it into an empty ice cube tray. I took my pumpkin cubes and added them to the blender along with some yogurt, spices and stevia and I had a winner.
Try it. You'll like it. I promise.
I love using smoothies as a way to take my vitamins and supplements. Wellesse carries a really great tasting certified gluten free Orange flavored Aloe Vera that is sugar free/ stevia sweetened. Aloe usually doesn't exactly taste good.. so I was pleased with this product. The orange flavor compliments pumpkin. If I had kids I would totally sneak vitamins into all of their smoothies.
- 5 Frozen Cubes of Pumpkin
- 4 Ice Cubes
- 1/2 Cup Yogurt (any variety, dairy or nondairy)
- 1/4 Cup Milk (any variety, dairy or nondairy)
- 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 Tsp. Powdered Ginger
- Pinch of salt.
- Sweetener to taste. (I use stevia, maple syrup would also taste great!).
- 1 serving of Wellesse Aloe Vera
- Maple Flavor (for those that cannot consume the sugar in maple syrup!)
- Vanilla Extract (about 1 tsp. tastes great)
- Spoon pumpkin puree into ice cube tray and freeze.
- Combine all smoothie ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
- Sprinkle with additional cinnamon.
- To get the marbled effect seen in the photo above- swirl in a little additional yogurt into the top.