Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pumpkin Smoothie

Three year olds seem to have a sixth sense. When you’ve had little sleep and have a lot to do, they absolutely need your undivided attention all day. Welcome to my morning. So far I’ve played princesses and blocks, starred in a play with lots of sword fighting and a bear in which everyone dies at the end, and made three year old’s breakfast. Laundry, dishes, and my breakfast lunch are on the back burner for now. (I’m sneaking in this quick post while we peruse the PBS kids website). Luckily I’ve got half a can of pumpkin in the fridge from the grain free pumpkin muffins I made yesterday and that means Pumpkin Smoothies!! I love smoothies, they’re quick to make, healthy and let me “eat” breakfast on the move. They’re an absolute must for me because I often don’t have time to prepare a gluten free meal for myself. 

I find that the best liquid for a pumpkin smoothie is freshly juiced carrot and ginger juice, but if you don’t have a juicer you can use your favorite milk or other liquid (sweetened almond milk would be good).

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pumpkin Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of carrot and ginger juice or your own favorite liquid for smoothies
  • 1 small handful frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 of a banana
  • 3 T canned pumpkin
  • 2 T flax meal
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Optional: honey or maple syrup to sweeten.

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except nutmeg into a magic bullet or blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass.
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve.

3 thoughts on “Gluten Free, Dairy Free Pumpkin Smoothie

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  2. Hi Jody,
    Would you highly recommend the “Magic Bullet” for smoothies? I’m thinking of buying a replacement for my food processor which broke when I followed a recipe on line about processing frozen butter. Can’t decide whether to get another food processor or a blender. Thank you.

    • Hi Irene, no, if you’re trying to replace a food processor you will be really disappointed with a magic bullet. It’s great for single smoothies and that’s about it. It’s not super durable and we’ve had to replace parts on ours.
      I have a Kitchen Ninja blender that I really like for soups and things, and you can buy one with the single cup for smoothies, this might be a better purchase. It’ll still be lacking in some of the food processor things like grating and slicing, but it’s a fantastic blender.

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