Put a jolt into your morning or perk yourself up during a mid-afternoon slump with this Healthy Pumpkin Coffee Smoothie!
With all of the pumpkin recipes flooding the internet starting in October, I was feeling some serious blogging peer pressure to get my pumpkin game on. However, my seasonally-rigid brain told me that I had to wait until October. No Christmas music before December 1st (I get that one from my mum), no Thanksgiving commercials before Halloween, no counting your chicken before they've hatched. And no pumpkin before October! Rules are meant to be followed, people.
And so on October first, I headed to the store to stock up on pumpkin. And now it's time to go crazy - Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins (a fall favorite around here), Baked Pumpkin Pie Egg Rolls (these were such a surprise hit) and Whole Wheat Oat Gingerbread Pumpkin Pancakes (a weekend "must").
The inspiration for this smoothie came from my Healthy Coffee Banana Smoothie, which is one of my favorite ways to get a jolt during a mid-afternoon slump. Considering all of the craze about Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I figured that tweaking the smoothie with some pumpkin would be a good move. It took a little finagling to get the right combination of flavors - not too much tartness from the yogurt, just enough sweetness from the banana and agave nectar and a richness from the vitamin-laden pumpkin.
A few attempts later, the perfect coffee smoothie emerged. Just in time for pumpkin season.
For another smoothie with a banana twist, check out my Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie on The Pioneer Woman's site (where I'm a regular contributor for the Food & Friends section). Plus, I include my tips on How to Freeze Bananas for smoothies and baking.
Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie
Other healthy pumpkin recipes:
Cookin' Canuck's Baked Pumpkin Pie Egg Rolls
Cookin' Canuck's Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins
Amy's Healthy Baking's Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oats
My Whole Food Life's Pumpkin Granola Bars
Healthy Delicious' Slow Cooker Lentil & Pumpkin Chili
Healthy Pumpkin Coffee Smoothie Recipe
- 1 ⅓ cup brewed coffee chilled
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 8 teaspoons agave nectar or honey or to taste
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 9 ice cubes
- Place all of the ingredients in a heavy-duty blender.
- Blend until smooth. Serve.
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Would this be ok without any yogurt? Can't do dairy and have yet to find a non-dairy yogurt that is decent.
Coffee plus pumpkins? Oh wow! This sounds new to me, but I would love to give it a try. This is very healthy for sure.
Now this is worth waking up very, very early for!!!! oxox
Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
I LOVE THIS!!! I love your styling, so beautiful!
Renee - Kudos Kitchen
This looks wonderful. I love adding pumpkin to my smoothies. It's so healthy!
Hahaha - I'm so with you on some of those seasonal "rules" ... although I'm ok with Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, so I guess my rules are a bit more lax than yours! 😀 Anyway, I absolutely love this recipe! I typically drink my coffee straight-up, as deep and dark as I can get it (loads of antioxidants, no yucky fake creamers or added sugar ...) but I truly do love all those fun coffee beverages you get at coffee shops (just not all the fat, calories and sugar that comes with them). THIS is my ANSWER!!!! Already pinned ... and seriously heading to my pantry now to see if I have all the ingredients to make this TODAY! Love, love it!
Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen
It's time! ...and I love this smoothie. So fall and SO delicious!
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
Pretty sure I need to have this every day for the rest of the fall! YUM! Love that you added coffee to it.. my kinda girl!
Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
Talk about a time-saver! Coffee and breakfast all in one, love it!