A fall inspired smoothie bowl made with frozen banana, pumpkin, cashew butter and vanilla protein powder. This pumpkin smoothie bowl is thick, creamy and tastes like liquid pumpkin pie.
I’ve been craving smoothie bowls lately, but fall is here and I also want to enjoy everything autumn has to offer so I decided to create a fall-inspired smoothie bowl. The easiest way to make something fall-themed? Add pumpkin. Am I right?
I just so happened to have some leftover canned pumpkin in the fridge so I started experimenting. Using the pumpkin as my liquid, I added a frozen banana for extra texture and sweetness. I also added a pinch of pumpkin pie spice just to give the bowl that pumpkin pie flavor. The combo worked beautifully and created a thick and creamy base for my smoothie bowl.
It’s so flavorful. I love the addition of pumpkin to the smoothie portion of the bowl and how festive all the toppings look. The juicy pomegranate arils and granola are a crunch lovers dream, while the almond butter drizzle adds a hint of richness and some additional healthy fats. Plus, everything is better with almond butter… right?
Smoothies and smoothie bowls are quite similar, comprised of nearly identical ingredients. The main difference lies in the thickness of the smoothie. A regular smoothie is thick but still liquidy enough to drink through a straw. A smoothie bowl is thicker and usually has delicious toppings added, requiring a spoon to eat it!
Smoothie bowls are as healthy as whatever you put into them. If you add lots of processed sugar… well, you know where I’m going with this. Sticking with whole, non-processed ingredients is the way to go. Smoothie bowls are a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption, which adds healthy nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber to your diet.
It’s important to also be mindful of the amount of toppings you’re adding as well – the calories will add up fast without you realizing it. This bowl is 216 calories without toppings, so while toppings can boost the nutrients and calories to make this meal-sized, you can definitely overdo it. Unfortunately, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
It’s really easy! For the best results, you’ll need a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, to blend the frozen ingredients.
Blend – Simply add your ingredients to your blender and blend at a high speed until smooth.
Serve – Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl, add your toppings, and voila! A healthy and delicious smoothie bowl ready for you to enjoy.
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