Yes, I know it’s summer and here we are with a decidedly “fall” treat, but I came across a can of pumpkin this week and thought, “yup, I’m gonna blend this up!”
Trust me, you’ll want to run out and find the nearest pumpkin patch! (eyes out for Charlie Brown and Linus!)
I also had the pleasure of picking cherries right off the tree in the front yard (oh, the humanity ;), and still had some cacao powder left over, even after two batches of no-bake brownies!
I tossed it all in…and it. was. GOOD! :)
The cacao powder and cherries added a great richness and sweetness. I’m totally on the pumpkin bandwagon!!
Because of the thickness (it’s kinda like a meal), I ended up having this in the afternoon as a snack. I do prefer the green smoothies in the morning, as I think it gives my body the right fuel to get going.
I just didn’t have the heart to add any greens to this one. :)
Health benefits: potassium, antioxidants, Vitamins E and C!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Feeds: Makes 2 servings
2 cups pumpkin, canned or the real-deal!
1 cup cherries, pitted
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp. allspice
12 oz. water or nut milk of your choice
Throw everything into a blender and mix until smooth. You may need more or less water, depending on the thickness of the pumpkin.
Chill and serve.
(As you refrigerate it, the smoothie may thicken a bit, but will thin out once brought to room temperature again.)
photo: Budget Bytes