PSL season is upon us. I have been seeing all the sweet treats and drinks advertised endlessly all around me and it has been difficult not to pay any attention and not be tempted. I decided to make a healthy smoothie that has all the pumpkin spice flavor without all the sugar. I have had this for breakfast three days in a row and I’m still not tired of it.
Makes 2 Smoothies
1 very large handful of spinach
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 date, pitted (you could use more if you want it sweeter)
2-3 tsp of Pumpkin Spice depending on taste (see below if making your own)
1 frozen banana
1 cup ice
1 cup coconut milk ( start with that and add more if needed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional add-ins (I add all of these)
1 TBS chia seeds
1 TBS dried gogi berries
3 TBS hemp hearts (or add protein powder)
1 tsp each spirulina and chlorella
Pumpkin Spice Blend DIY
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
Put all ingredients in the blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. I have also made it adding 1 TBS of dark cocoa powder and it is delicious but a very ugly shade of poop green- leave out the spinach and the spirulina and chlorella for the sake of appearance if you add the cocoa.
HI!!!!! I missed you! I know I have been posting way less than usual but my crazy schedule means little time to cook let alone taking pictures and writing about it. Saturday was my first morning free in a long time, and oh did I take advantage of it. I stayed in pjs till 11 and make a yummy breakfast smoothie bowl that I am about to share with you now. I love that we get to do all the things that we do, but sometimes I just need a lazy morning with my dog and my coffee to re-set and relax.
This smoothie bowl is heavenly. It’s really easy to make, it tastes light and fresh and delicious and it looks absolutely beautiful. To make the first half, stir together plain greek yogurt, shredded unsweetened coconut, coconut milk, and granulated honey. You could use regular honey, it just won’t blend as easily. I’m totally obsessed with the granulated honey from Whole Spice that I got in my Hatchery Box last month. I can’t wait to share the cocktail I have been tinkering with…I hope to find time to perfect it and photograph soon. This combo is delicious in itself and I can totally see this becoming a weekday breakfast on it’s own, maybe make the night before and add chia seeds and extra coconut milk? Oh man, I can’t wait to try that.
But then we take it to the next level and blend frozen banana, fresh strawberries and more coconut milk and layer it together with the yogurt. Top with some granola and some fresh banana and strawberry and you have a meal so pretty you won’t be able to stop taking photos, even after you’ve eaten half of it.
I always keep at least a few cups of frozen bananas in the freezer for smoothies, like Eric’s favorite Banana, Almond, Oat Smoothie. If you don’t have any then you can use ice, but reduce the amount of coconut milk. I also used Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk instead of canned coconut milk for a lighter, lower calorie smoothie.
Okay, let’s talk matcha. I am a matcha newbie and I feel like there is still a lot I am missing out on/need to learn. I bought my matcha from Season with Spice, it is very reasonably priced and from what I read you don’t need the super fancy stuff if you are using it for what I am using it for. In the end, I love the taste of it and that’s what matters. If you have any recipes or ways you like to use please share them with me!
1 frozen banana
4 small strawberries, leave the tops on
3-4 TBS of coconut milk, divided
1/2 c plain greek yogurt
1/2 tsp of granulated honey
1/2 tsp of matcha powder
2 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut
In a bowl stir together the greek yogurt, matcha, granulated honey, shredded coconut, and 1 TBS of coconut milk. Set aside.
Place the frozen banana, strawberries and 2 TBS of coconut milk and blend on high until smooth. You may need to add a little bit more coconut milk, but keep the mixture thick as you will be eating with a spoon not a straw.
Layer the two mixtures together in a bowl and top with topping of your choice like granola, more shredded coconut, sliced strawberries and bananas.
This is my husband’s absolute favorite smoothie. We go through about 2 bunches of bananas a week just because of this smoothie. I wish I could get him to drink more green smoothies but, at least we are starting our morning off better than with a Starbucks gutbomb sandwhich (easier on the wallet too). It’s really quick to make, and easy to eat on the go. This recipe fills a mason jar which I always put it in because it’s the perfect size, can go in the dishwasher, and travels well with a sealed lid.
This smoothie is sweetened with dates but honey is good too if you don’t have dates. I also like to throw in some other add-ins on occasion: cacao nibs, cocoa powder, shredded unsweetened coconut, sometimes I use walnuts or pecans instead of almonds. The recipe below is the basic one and actually my favorite.
Want to know a secret? Sometimes when I write banana I accidentally write bananda, like Amanda+banana. I also have been known to write my name as Amandanda or Amanda Rowlanda- mostly when I was in college and running on 3 hours of sleep per night. You’re not judging me right? Can we still be friends? Smeeeh….why am I so embarrassing sometimes?
Green smoothies are a great way to start the morning- get your veggies and your fruit and drink on the go- Perfect. But sometimes you just need something different. I typically don’t like sweet Breakfast foods- they make my tummy hurt. But occasionally I crave something on the sweet side in the morning.
A green smoothie bowl that tastes nothing like veggies (or even fruit) can keep me from eating that donut, pancake, or muffin. This green smoothie bowl is packed full of antioxidants, protein, minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, K, and B and aids digestion and concentration. Wow- doesn’t that make you want to have this every. single. morning. And you what makes it EVEN BETTER? It tastes like mint chip. Seriously. It’s a nutrient packed and delicious blend of spinach, banana, spirulina powder, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, oats, shredded unsweetened coconut, honey, peppermint, and almond milk. It could even pass as dessert- really healthy dessert.
If you aren’t using spirulina powder in your smoothies you are missing out on some pretty amazing benefits- it’s 65% protein in one of the most highly digestible forms and it has tons of iron and minerals and B vitamins. 1 serving (1 TSP) has 4 grams of protein. The only downside to spirulina is that it kinda tastes and smells like pond water, but that taste is also easily hidden by flavors like mint, lemon or citrus, and red berries. I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs online, which is also were I get my cacao nibs.
What a great way to start the morning- with a breakfast that tastes like dessert and is super healthy for you.
1 banana (cut into pieces and frozen)
1 cup tighly packed spinach leaves
1 TBS Spirulina powder
1 TBS cacao nibs
1 TBS cocoa powder
1 c almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 drop of pure pepermint oil
4-5 peppermint leaves
1 TBS honey
1 TBS shredded unsweetened coconut
Place all ingredients in the blender on blend on high until smooth. If you wish to make it a smoothie you will need to add additional almond milk. Top with extra shredded coconut, cacao nibs and maybe some sliced banana (all mine were frozen or I would have added on mine too).