Fall IS HERE: MAKE THE PUMPKIN COCONUT SMOOTHIE

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Fall IS HERE: MAKE THE PUMPKIN COCONUT SMOOTHIE

Arrival of the autumn is all about beautiful orange and yellow colors for me. I always like to use in-season ingredients in my smoothies and this recipe says: HELLO FALL!

It’s creamy, with a touch of sweetness, subtle flavors of spices and simply beautiful.  In addition it’s loaded with antioxidants, natural anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties. I have made this recipe for many children and they love it as well. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup coconut milk or your favorite milk of choice
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut (frozen preferred)
  • ½ tsp. virgin coconut oil
  • 1 dried date
  • 2 Tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp. dried turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • A pinch of kosher sea salt
  • 1 cup ice cubes

 

NOTE: For extra sweetness you can add 1 tsp. raw honey or 1 tsp. dried raisins to the recipe.

 

DIRECTION:

Place the pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes and milk in a blender and blend for 30 seconds for an extra creaminess.Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for 1 minute (Depending on your blender, blend until you obtain the desired consistency) Pour in a glass and sprinkle with some cinnamon, turmeric and  pumpkin seeds. It’s best to drink smoothies right away to get the optimal benefit from the nutrients.

 

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