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Hot Goji-Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

BY Cathy Russell TIMENovember 28, 2015 PRINT

This warming pumpkin smoothie hits the spot on a cool fall or winter morning. You will be surprised at how much of a treat this one is, and it is so good for you too.

Ingredients

1/4 to 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin, fresh or canned (for fresh, see directions)
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds, optional
1–2 tablespoons goji berries
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, and 1/8 teaspoon cloves)
Pinch of vanilla powder or a dash of vanilla extract
2 cups hot but not boiling water
Sweeten to taste with 2–3 dates, 1/2 tablespoon raw honey, or a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia.

Directions

To make your own pumpkin purée, simply cut a sugar pumpkin in half and place in a roasting pan with a bit of water, cut-side down. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes or until soft. Cool, peel, and purée. Use right away or freeze.

For the smoothie, blend together in a high-speed blender and enjoy immediately. Be careful when blending warm liquids, as the heat can push off the top of your blender and explode into a nasty mess.

Cathy Russell is registered holistic nutritionist as well as the content manager at NaturallySavvy.com where this article was originally published.

 

 

Cathy Russell is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Graphic Designer, as well as the Content Manager at NaturallySavvy.com. She blends her background in art and design with her passion for health and healing to bring a creative and balanced approach to nutrition for the whole family. Follow her blog at CathyRussellCreativeNutrition.com
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