Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (paleo, vegan, gluten-free}
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut milk or other
  • 1½ cups cold water
  • 3-4 tbsp. canned pumpkin
  • *or 3 frozen pumpkin cubes
  • ¼ cup Nikki's Coconut Butter Pumpkin Spice Donut
  • ½ cup soaked pecans
  • 4 pitted dates
  • 1½ tsp of pumpkin spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • dash stevia
Instructions
  1. In a strong blender like the Vitamix add liquids, soaked nuts and dates blend until creamy.
  2. Add frozen pumpkin cubes, coconut butter, extracts and blend until all ingredients are mixed .
  3. Add extracts and stevia to taste and blend once more.
Notes
I found it very convenient to freeze the canned pumpkin in ice cube trays for easy, perfect texture and temperature. Each cube is equal to about 1½ tbsp. After the pumpkin freezes in tray, transfer them into a plastic bag and keep frozen. If you can't wait to make this just add 3-4 tbsp. pumpkin and a few ice cubes in blender to chill the smoothie. Also, to soak the pecans, rinse them off and fill a jar ¾ full of nuts and cover to top in filtered water for a few hours or overnight. If time is of the essence you can just soak them up to an hour. Soaking the pecans or any nuts will give this smoothie that creamy texture. I always thought it was silly to buy pumpkin spice when I have all the individual spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in my pantry. However, I have to admit I love the convenience of scooping the spices out all at once. Using Nikki's other flavors in this smoothie are a fun and yummy option too! Adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder is an option and of course omitting the dates and just using stevia will cut the sugar down. Although dates have a lot of nutrients they are high in sugar.
Recipe by Spoonful of Health Delicious Gluten Free Recipes, Paleo and FreeDiet approved at https://spoonfulofhealth.com/nikkis-pumpkin-spice-smoothie-giveaway-paleo-vegan-gluten-free/