While it may not be autumn in my fair New Zealand right now, it’s the perfect time for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere to get their basic girl on and indulge in pumpkin spice everything.
It’s around this time of year when my Insta feed gets flooded with pictures of pumpkin pie, scones, cakes and pumpkin spice lattes. I get jealous. These pictures drive me right into my kitchen, and force me to create some pumpkin goodness of my own.
I’ve posted a few pumpkin-based recipes so far that I’m incredibly proud of.
My Pumpkin Pancakes are still one of my all-time favourites. Made with buckwheat flour and served with toasted walnuts and caramelised bananas, it’s the weekend treat everyone deserves. It’s also a sneaky way to get some veg into your breakfast. Sure it’s pancakes and not a healthy smoothie bowl, but a win is a win.
My Spiced Pumpkin Pie is another must-try for pumpkin lovers. It was a surprisingly easy recipe to work on, considering how fearful I previously was about making crust from scratch. It really takes no time and all, and gives your arms a good workout during the kneading process.
But the filling is EVERYTHING. Again, simple but veryyyy tasty. You will love.
But sometimes you all you want is a delicious, healthy and sweet smoothie.
It was nice and warm today, but the remains of winter still linger. Autumn-esqe you could say. And with so much fresh pumpkin tempting me at the supermarket, I figured it was high time I put one of my favourite vegetables in a smoothie.
So I boiled and pureed some fresh pumpkin, picked up a bag of cinnamon so big it’ll last me a year, and got to planning this tasty smoothie.
Whether you do what I did and puree fresh pumpkin yourself, or decide to buy some in a can, is totally up to you. I just personally prefer to keep it fresh.
The rest of the ingredients are pretty straightforward. Cinnamon and nutmeg create that much-needed spice, while the walnuts add some good fats to the situation.
To sweeten, I went with maple syrup given how well it pairs with pumpkin. They ought to sell them together at the supermarket. Think of all the magic you could create: smoothies, pies, slices and ice cream!
Thinking of making this recipe?
- Take lots of snaps!
- Tag me on Insta or use the hashtag #thehungrypiggy. I’d love to see you sipping on this one.
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- 1 cup of fresh pumpkin puree
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup raw walnuts
- Pumpkin seeds for decor
- Add all ingredients into a nutri-bullet or high powered blender and blitz until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and top with pumpkin seeds.