Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

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October 13, 2014 By

I’ve made a smoothie bowl entry in the past, which was the Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl. Okay okay, I’ve made two, if you count the Peach Pie Quinoa Porridge, which essentially is a smoothie bowl with quinoa in it. I figured that those would be my only smoothie bowl entries, as how different can it all get?

How wrong I was. I started making smoothie bowls in the summertime, once teaching ended. It never occurred to me that my smoothie bowls would change with the seasons, but sure enough, fall came, and I found that my bowls looked drastically different. Instead of bowls full of berries and mangoes, I have bowls full of apples and pears.

Check out this side-by-side smoothie bowl comparison of summer vs. fall, taken from my Instagram account:
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I realized that now that it’s fall, I must start using pumpkin. I avoided it completely last year, and once I  finally started craving it, the “fad” passed, and it was onto winter fruits. I was overcome with pumpkin regret. I pride myself on not jumping onto bandwagons often, but dammit, I want to enjoy pumpkin. So here is the fall-inspired Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl. Until winter, enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 smoothie bowls

 

Ingredients

For the Blender/Food Processor:

  • 3 bananas (frozen or fresh)
  • 3 heaping tablespoons pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tbs almond butter
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp coriander

Toppings:

  • 1 apple, diced (I used a Red Delicious Apple)
  • walnuts
  • chia seeds (optional)

 

Step 1: Mix the blender/food processor ingredients.

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Heaping tablespoon.

Heaping tablespoon.

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Mix until the ingredients are completely liquified.

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I like to set my bowls in the freezer while I prepare the toppings. Hopefully, you have room in your freezer to do this. If not, perhaps the fridge?

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Step 2: Prepare the toppings.

Take this time to chop your apple and your walnuts. I like my walnuts to be cut into halves and thirds, as a full-sized walnut is a bit much.

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Step 3: Decorate!

Once you have prepared the toppings, take your bowls out of the freezer. You might need to take a spoon or a whisk and give the smoothie bowl a quick stir if you think your bowl is icy or stiff.

I like to decorate my bowl. Matt likes to, well, just throw his toppings on top with no plan of action whatsoever. Different creative styles, I guess.

Mine

Mine

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Matt’s (and Fleegle’s, apparently)

Oh, Fleegle! Stop! You know walnuts are bad for your little boy body!

Smoothie bowls are great for company. Most people have never had a smoothie bowl before, so it’s fun to introduce them to something awesome. Every time I’ve invited a guest to try one, they’ve been pleasantly surprised as to how delicious, healthy, and easy they are. Make them for your friends, relatives, and in-laws today!

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DSC_0112Oh, by the way, after my bowl gets dolled up for the picture, I always end up mixing my bowl together before eating. That’s what it really ends up looking like.

If you make this bowl, I’d love to see how it turned out. On Instagram, take a picture and tag me @thisvegangirl or use the hashtag #thisvegangirl. Add me while you’re there. For updates, add me on Facebook, too. Oh, and of course I’m on Pinterest.

 

Happy blending,

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