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November 2, 2011 at 10:15 AMComments: 3 Faves: 1

Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie

By Laura Hogg More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Laura's Culinary Adventures Blog Series

This morning when I finished breakfast, I actually, legitimately felt full.

I can't even remember the last time I was able to say that. I've always been a breakfast eater, but it's always been relegated to that last-minute bowl of cereal or oatmeal that I inhale five minutes after I was already supposed to be out the door. I've been eating breakfast in order not to feel starving until lunchtime, instead of eating it to nourish my body and feel satisfied.

But I think I may have found the perfect breakfast. It's super easy. It's nutritious. And boy, is it satisfying.

So how exactly do you make this glass of deliciousness?

Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh - I used the frozen leftovers from my big batch of puree)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup unstrained almond milk (I didn't make my own this time. I used the Silk brand, vanilla flavored)
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey

1. Blend all of the ingredients in your blender or food processor until it attains a smoothie-like texture and adjust spices to taste.

Yup, that's it. Normally, I go on and on about all the different steps in my recipes, but this one is seriously just blend and enjoy! So instead of reading me ramble on about how I made it, how about some reasons why you should make it?

4 Excuses to Have One Now

  • Pumpkin: Pumpkin puree is low in fat and sodium and contains tons of antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein, and more.
  • Banana: Bananas are a great source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and Vitamin B6.
  • Almonds: 1/4 cup of almonds contains nearly 8 grams of protein and is a great source of fiber, magnesium, manganese, and Vitamin E. (Click for my love letter to almonds.)
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and regulate blood sugar, and it provides manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

All pretty good reasons to enjoy this delicious breakfast, I'd say.

Love it/like it/lesson learned?

As if this is even a question! I loved it and I'm already planning on making it again. I made mine the night before so it was ready for me to grab on my way out the door.

Delicious, nutritious, filling, and perfect for people who are perpetually running late? What more do you need out of your breakfast?! Try it and see for yourself!

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  • One work: delicious! This sounds and looks so good and so healthy.

    Also I am definitely the same with breakfast, I scarf down a little bit of what I can and then hurry out the door. Sometimes even part of my breakfast is just left on the table, wasted.

    This is a great breakfast-on-the-go recipe. I will have to try it! Thanks for posting more of your culinary adventures, Laura. :D

  • Now this sounds really delicious and fulfilling.

  • My pleasure, Bri :) What I love about this recipe (besides the nutrition boost and the delicious taste) is how it's so easy to make the night before and throw in the fridge! I can't think of a more perfect breakfast than this, really.

    Thanks, Diana!

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