Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

These pumpkin smoothie recipes are amazing. I remember saying that I would draw the line at pumpkin for breakfast, but this is a wonderful way to incorporate this healthy food into your morning regime. Pumpkin is so good for you. It's full of vitamins A and C, as well as being a very low calorie source of energy. Even better it's full of fibre.

pumpkin smoothi

You can use fresh or canned pumpkin for these pumpkin smoothie recipes. If you want to add some pumpkin spice, go ahead. I put in a teaspoon of flaxmeal - this is ground linseed and is full of omega 3 and also a good source of fibre. You can get it in your healthfood store if it's not on your supermarket shelves. I use it on cereal, in porridge, and in fruit juices and smoothies.

I put Maple syrup in these smoothies. Maple syrup is also very good for you. It contains lots of manganese and zinc which are excellent for your immune system. Zinc is particularly good for men's health, so make this smoothie for the man in your life and keep him fighting fit!

These smoothies are really satisfying and would make a good breakfast on their own. Or elevenses, or a meal substitute, or an afternoon drink. Or even a relaxing drink before bed. Especially the banana one. (I have a secret - a banana before bed is better than any sleeping pill).

What better way of sneaking some healthy orange veg into your kids than via these sweet and heavenly smoothies.

Pumpkin banana smoothie

Makes 2 large glasses - or 4 small ones

What you need:

1 banana
2 heaped tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon flaxmeal (optional)
400ml buttermilk (or pouring yoghurt)
Dessert spoon of maple syrup

I used buttermilk for this one as I had some left over from making muffins. Buttermilk used to be left over from the butter making process, but these days it is made by adding lactic acid to milk. It tastes pretty similar to yoghurt I think, but it was lovely for a change. It is a little milder in flavour perhaps. Use whichever one you like best.

Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Serve in a glass immediately. This will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. Or can be frozen if your pumpkin puree has not already been frozen once.

pumpkin banana smoothi

Pumpkin Mango Smoothie

Makes 2 large glasses or 4 small glasses

We are so lucky in Australia. The mango season has started already in October with the first trays coming down from the Northern Territory. And fresh pumpkins are always in the shops. We've got Halloween pumpkins, Japs, Queensland blues and Butternuts on the shelves at the moment.

If you can't get pumpkin when mangos are available in your shops, use canned. It'll still be deliciously creamy and sweet.

pumpkin mango smoothie ingredient

For 2 large glasses or 4 small ones

1 large ripe mango
2 heaped tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon flaxmeal
1 large glass pouring yoghurt
1 dessert spoon maple syrup

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. If it's a bit thick, pour in some milk until you get the desired consistency.

Serve with ice and a straw! This definitely won't last long.

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