We’re currently at the height of our fall pumpkin obsession, loving everything and anything with a pumpkin flavor, color or shape. While we’d admittedly dig into a slice of pumpkin pie every day of the week if we could, we know that might not be the most, well, balanced way to get our fix. Thankfully, we found this pumpkin smoothie recipe that’s loaded with all of our beloved superfoods, plus some serious health benefits: lean muscle building protein, disease-fighting antioxidants, inflammation-busting fats and hormone balancing bioflavonoids.
We owe the pleasure of this warming fall recipe to Stephanie Gerber and her contributor Ana Stanciu, of the health blog Hello Natural. This mother of three originally set out to rediscover her sense of self by creating simple things to make her body, home, and life more radiant – everything from homemade hair treatments to comfort food makeovers – and now offers up her best life-enhancing solutions to her readers on the regular. We love this green-living goddess’ take on our favorite fall dessert…
Pumpkin Superfood Smoothie
1 cup pumpkin, pureed
½ teaspoon grated ginger
2 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1 teaspoon bee pollen
1 teaspoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon organic raw honey
1 cup filtered water
1 small piece of dark chocolate
Place hemp and pumpkin seeds in the blender, add water and process to make a creamy milk.
Add the pureed pumpkin, pollen, spices and honey, and blend for 1 minute, until you obtain a smooth liquid.
Pour in serving glasses, top with pollen granules and chocolate flakes.
Drink right away to get the maximum benefit from the nutrients.