Pumpkin Cacao Chip Superfood Smoothie

Pretty much obsessed with this “Pumpkin Cacao Chip Superfood Smoothie” from Mind Body Green. I’ve been on a punkin’ smoothie kick for the past few weeks & this recipe has worked its way into the running for top contender! It’s full of superfoods, autumn spices, plant-based protein, & a whole lotta love. Today I added a dash of cardamom, cloves, & nutmeg to make it extra warming, & knob of fresh ginger for a bit of zip & zest! Yum!

“Pumpkin Cacoa Chip Superfood Smoothie” (adapted from Mind Body Green)

Ingredients:

Serves 1

  • 2/3 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup of organic almond milk 
  • 1/3 cup organic pumpkin puree (not pie mix)
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (made into a gel with 2 Tbsp. of water & let sit for 10 minutes before adding to the smoothie)
  • 1/2 scoop of Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, & nutmeg (to taste)
  • 1 small coin of fresh ginger, peeled
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt — brings out sweetness and flavors
  • 1 soaked date
  • Raw cacao nibs — stir in/top as much as desired, sprinkle extra cinnamon on top.

Instructions:

  1. Put everything except the cacao nips into the blender, blend well.
  2. Add ice as needed to thicken. Taste and adjust for sweetness.
  3. Sprinkle a little more cinnamon on the top & top with cacao nips to decorate.
Serve & enjoy immediately!

This is powering me through my food prep day! Two vegan cheeses are aging as I type. Happy Thanksgiving eve!

(at vegenista’s kitchen via instagram)

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