If you love pumpkin and ginger, you’ll die over this guilt-free Ginger Pumpkin Smoothie. Packed with pumpkin, cashews and coconut milk, it’ll keep you full and please your taste buds!
Is it too early for pumpkin? If so, OH WELL because I’m in full on pumpkin mode. After all, it IS the middle of September. There’s pumpkin stuff everywhere you turn! Plus, it’s getting to that time where you need to wear a sweater or light jacket in the morning because it’s chilly. <—the best weather!
In case you’re wondering, Puerto Rico was amazing and I’m glad I brought my brother along. I’m spoiled that I’ve gotten to visit that beautiful island so many times, and I always try to soak up my time as much as possible while I’m there.
You guys know I’m a huge proponent of smoothies, and most of you are too. I don’t care if it’s freezing outside, you better believe I’ll still be drinking my smoothies. It’s kind of a no-brainer as to why, but mostly because smoothies are a quick and an easy way to sneak in veggies, superfoods and protein. You can make smoothies as filling or tasty or healthy as you want! They’re completely customizable! Ok ok, you get the point. This smoothie took me a few attempts—one time it was too ginger-y and the next time it was just ‘blah’— but this final version is anything but.
As you probably guessed, this pumpkin smoothie is a tasty combination of ginger and pumpkin. Think of it as a pumpkin smoothie with a little extra ZING. Rather than using a banana as the base, I opted to use cashews because 1) I didn’t want any lingering taste of banana and 2) cashews are an excellent way to make smoothies more filling. I also decided to use honey as the sweetener; you’re more than welcome to use maple syrup instead, but I personally enjoyed the honey a lot better. OR, come to think of it, you could probably get away with omitting a sweetener all together if you aren’t a super sweets person. I prefer most of my smoothies a bit sweeter, so honey got the job done! Like with most recipes, play around and see what works for you.
Tip: Make sure you use regular canned pumpkin and not the canned pumpkin pie spice! They’re right beside each other in the grocery store, so it can be an easy mix-up.
I realized that the flavor of ground ginger stood out a bit more than fresh ginger, but I LOVE fresh ginger in smoothies, so that’s why you’ll see a mixture of both in the ingredients list. Juuuuuust FYI.
Ok ok ENOUGH of the chitter chatter—let’s cheers to pumpkin for the next two months. YES YES YES.
Ginger Pumpkin Smoothie
- 1 cup canned pumpkin*
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp all spice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp fresh ginger minced
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth.
- Pour into a glass, add ice if you prefer and enjoy!