One of my favorite things about fall is the pumpkin spice latte. But all that sugar, milk and coffee isn’t so good for you. Here’s a healthy, whole food alternative that tastes just like the real thing! Oh, and it even has leafy greens in it!
This is probably the only smoothie recipe on Incredible Smoothies that contains coffee. You can either use regular or decaf for this recipe.
I like my smoothies with greens, so I added a couple handfuls of fresh baby spinach that I froze overnight. If you don’t like the thought of spinach and coffee (I swear, you wont taste the spinach), you can leave it out. However, I encourage you to give it a try. Be brave and get some greens into your breakfast!
I chose to use fresh pumpkin that I cooked and then cooled overnight. If you want to use raw pumpkin or canned pumpkin, feel free. If you use canned, choose organic and make sure it has nothing other than pumpkin puree in there! Raw pumpkin will have less flavor. Soak it overnight in water with a splash of lemon to soften and break down the starchiness.
Serving Size: Two
Pumpkin Spiced Latte Green Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups cooked and cooled pumpkin (cut into small chunks)*
- 1 cup chilled coffee (I used decaf)
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- tiny dash of ground cloves
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach (optional)
Start by adding the coffee to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the pumpkin. Add the frozen, sliced banana and spices, finishing with the spinach. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
* If you want to use canned pumpkin instead of fresh, you can sub 1 cup canned pumpkin puree for 2 cups fresh cooked and cooled pumpkin. Fresh cooked and cooled pumpkin is more water-rich than canned puree.
(Nutrition info is per serving)
Calcium: 29% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 118% RDA
Vitamin C: 33% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.