Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

//Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

A few years ago, I began hearing of people eating smoothie bowls. To me, these just didn’t sound all that appealing. I mean, who wants to eat a smoothie with a spoon, from a bowl? Finally, I attended a local Vegfest, a festival dedicated to promoting plant-based lifestyles. Among the many food vendors in attendance was a smoothie bowl truck. I had to admit, their bowls looked tantalizing. There were colorful blends of fruit topped with even more colorful berries along with a variety of nuts, granola, and coconut. They even had more decadent dessert bowls made with nut milk, cacao, and peanut butter and topped with a thick peanut butter drizzle. Sadly, just as I reached the front of the line, the blender broke, and I never got a chance to try these bowls of deliciousness on that particular day. It was not too long after, however, that this same food truck began to appear near my office, and I became a Thursday regular. Yes, I was determined to sample everyone of their organic, masterful creations. Shortly thereafter, I began to experiment by making my own creations at home, using things like acai and pitaya (dragonfruit) purees, both ingredients which I had never included in previous dishes. Since Fall has finally arrived, I took it upon myself to create a pumpkin pie bowl, since pumpkin is all the rage this time of year. It only took a single attempt, and the result was remarkable. A thick smoothie with all of the richness and flavor of pumpkin pie with none of the guilt. Even better, there are only 6 ingredients, so pretty much anyone can whip this up quickly. I topped mine with pumpkin spice granola which I had made earlier in the day, and the crunch was a perfect contrast to the velvety smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 large or three medium bananas, frozen and broken into pieces

    The smoothie should be thick and creamy when poured into the bowl

  • 1 cup nut milk (almond, coconut, pea protein, etc). Start out using 1/2 to 3/4 cup and to avoid making mixture too thin. Add more as needed to achieve appropriate consistency. If making a smoothie instead of a smoothie bowl, use more milk
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

Instructions:

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Serve immediately in a bowl topped with your favorite condiments (granola, chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, diced apple, coconut flakes or Dang coconut chips, etc.). If desired, can sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
2018-10-28T19:32:30+00:00