Mmm, chocolaty goodness, pumpkin spiciness, creamy, dreamy, and yet totally healthy enough for breakfast – this Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Smoothie is all of the above! Add the optional “green” and you get two veggies before you even walk out the door in the morning.
You caught me. I’m guilty. Lately I’ve been partaking of a liquid lunch…
No, not THAT kind of liquid lunch! I have to be a responsible mama. I’ve got two little boys I have to keep up with all day. Of course sometimes that makes me feel like I need THAT kind of liquid lunch, but that’s another story for another day.
What I mean is that these day, I usually end up having a smoothie for lunch. Besides my whacked out tummy that used to love salad for lunch, and now just doesn’t seem to want to digest them, I usually am trying to cram in some combination of any or all of the following into the 3 1/2 hours that The Bug is at pre-school: two baby feedings, putting baby down for a nap, grocery shopping, doctor appointments, laundry, dishes, blogging, playing with baby, general straightening up of things, occasional exercise. That really doesn’t leave a lot of time for lunch. Factor that in with the fact that Baby Smiles and I are both usually ready for lunch at exactly the same time, and always about twenty minutes before we have to leave to pick up The Bug, and clearly smoothies are the best option. Feeding a baby and trying to eat salad is, just, nearly impossible, and anything hot is just way too dangerous she you’ve got arms and legs sprawling all over you.
That’s why this smoothie is genius…
Pumpkin AND spinach – two veggies in one. Plus banana and Greek yogurt for fruit and dairy and protein. Cinnamon is awesome for blood sugar control. Then, you know… chocolate! Because what nutrition-packed lunch doesn’t include chocolate? Am I right?
For the longest time I wouldn’t eat pumpkin. Then I started to love pumpkin, but still couldn’t fathom chocolate and pumpkin. Nor could I really do chocolate and spice, till I started eating Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal every single day of my life. Then one day I decided to add chocolate chips to pumpkin bread, and I was hooked. I now understand all of you Pumpkin Mocha Latte and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie freaks out there. This was clearly an inspired combination, and I had to do more with it. Hence, this smoothie (oh, and these cookie cups, but I am trying to stay on the healthy track here).
If you’ve never combined pumpkin and spice and chocolate, you gotta try it. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just works. No one flavor overpowers the other, and they all work in a glorious harmony.
And seriously, just add the spinach or kale or whatever. I like baby spinach because it completely blends up and disappears, and you don’t taste it at all.
Oh, and, umm, yeah, clearly I consume ridiculous quantities of cocoa powder and cinnamon – this probably is not advised, but I am a busy mama of two little boys. The fact that I
eat drink my veggies is a big enough accomplishment in my book.
What is your favorite on-the-go lunch?
- ½-3/4 c milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- ½ c canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- ½-1 t pumpkin pie spice (I like the full 1 t, or use ½ t cinnamon, ¼ t ginger, ⅛ t nutmeg, pinch cloves)
- 2 T cocoa powder
- half frozen ripe banana plus one 5.3-6 oz container vanilla Greek yogurt OR one full frozen ripe banana plus ½ c plain Greek yogurt
- Optional handful of baby spinach (or regular spinach or kale or other leafy green of choice)
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Combine ½ c milk and all of the ingredients except the ice cubes in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add enough ice cubes and additional milk, if needed, and blend to achieve your desired consistency.
Chocolate Pumpkin not your thing? Here are some other smoothie options for you…
But if you do love the combo, here are some recipes from my friends…
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Chiffon Cake from i heart eating
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars from Vegan Mother Hubbard
- Pumpkin Nutella Poke Cake from Something Swanky