Happy Wednesday, guys. Well, technically it’s Tuesday evening as I’m writing this post – small glass of vino in hand alongside an array of candles and white twinkle lights. Every night looks much of the same around here, and I’m more than okay with that ;) I’m not usually in the habit of blogging the night before a post goes live, but I really, really wanted to share this recipe with you all because it is AMAZING (and protein packed).
As you all know, I don’t post a whole lot of recipes here to the blog – so when I do, you can rest assured that I a) personally love it and make it often, and b) promise you that it’s simple. While I love to cook, I enjoy cooking clean – and don’t particularly like juggling 15+ ingredients. It overwhelms me – so I’d rather keep it easy, for all of our sakes. So with that being said: from here on out, whenever I blog about food I’m going to ensure that it takes only 5 ingredients. Yep, only 5! I figured that I may as well stick to my belief of keeping it simple even when it comes to sharing recipes – so, you have my word. (note: some may call for optional ingredients that could push the listed 5)
Okay so, I’m not really sure what the “rules” are when it comes to pumpkin season – but as far as I’m concerned, just because October has come and gone (and fast, I might add) it doesn’t mean we have to stop enjoying all things pumpkin. Technically, pumpkin pie is the crowd favorite when it comes to Thanksgiving dessert, so…. I’m good to continue, right?
On to this smoothie bowl. I love, love, love smoothies (I have one just about every day alongside my eggs) – but never have I ever made one so inventive. My girlfriend Erin turned me on to this combination, and I think its safe to say it’s going to be in regular rotation for me. Plus, what is it about putting a smoothie into a bowl that makes it feel that much more fancy?
Read on below to find out how to make this addictive recipe that’s basically a pumpkin pie smoothie bowl.
How to make a pumpkin smoothie bowl
First, know that a good blender is key. I had the individual Bullet for way too long – and though the convenience of a ready to go cup was nice, I never felt like it really blended all the way through, it would let off gas smelling fumes if I kept it on there too long, and it always splattered everywhere. I’m in love with my blender that I talked about over here, and it’s worth getting one you dig if you use it every day (guilty!)
Second, you have to plan a liiittle bit ahead for this smoothie bowl, since the pumpkin puree needs to be frozen. I didn’t have any luck finding pre-frozen pumpkin puree, so I just went for the canned version and put it in the freezer the night before. Since you only need about 1/3 of the can, you’ll have a couple of servings saved up for next time!
- 1/2 cup frozen pumpkin puree
- 1 cup of almond milk (though I’m on a cashew milk kick, so I used unsweetened vanilla cashew milk instead)
- 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate protein powder (I used vanilla)
- 1/4 cup frozen banana
- 1 large scoop of peanut butter (again, I’m on a cashew kick! So I used cashew butter)
- optional: cinnamon for garnish/topping
- Measure out your 1/2 cup of frozen pumpkin puree (you may have to put it in the microwave to soften it a bit in order to get the right amount), your nut butter of choice, your protein powder, 1/4 of your frozen banana, and your milk of choice.
- Then, blend all of your ingredients in a blender (don’t forget that you can add some ice if the consistency is too runny)
- Pour it into a deeper bowl (I’ve never loved a set of dishes so much in my life, by the way) and top with cinnamon if you’d like! If you’re feeling extra hungry, you can add some of this granola which is my absolute favorite.
So there you have it – isn’t that so incredibly easy?! I’m super excited to hear what you all think about it, so head on over to my Instagram, and comment on the post when and if you choose to try it out for yourselves. It’s also such a good recipe to try with your family over Thanksgiving – since you can just double, triple, quadruple (you get the idea) the portions to serve more than just you :) xx
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