Here is my newest submission because for one thing, we are in the middle of National American Pumpkin Spice Season, but I also want to be in on the smoothie bowl trend. This is cold, filling, and has a dose of protein to boot. With extra toppings, this would make a hearty breakfast, but it also makes a light dessert if that is your preference.
1/4 cup water
a heaping 1/2 cup frozen pumpkin (1/3 of 15 oz can)
1/3 cup cottage cheese**
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp maple syrup, more for garnish/to taste
toppings: whipped cream, coconut flakes, chopped apples or pears, chopped pecans, drizzle of honey, maple or even chocolate syrup!!
Place everything in your Vitamix or blender. Blend until mixed thoroughly, you may have to scrape down the sides with a spatula once or twice during processing. Spoon out into a bowl and sprinkle with your choice of yummy toppings. (If you are using a regular blender, you may want to allow the frozen pumpkin and banana to soften slightly. Also, I freeze the pumpkin in pre-measured amounts because I use it in my morning breakfast smoothies.)
This is such a great treat–it is full of natural goodness, with a solid dose of protein to boot. My kiddos all really liked it (the dollop of whipped cream sealed the deal for them!) Everybody wins!
**To avoid dairy, increase the amount of frozen pumpkin to 2/3 c and add a tbsp of almond butter and a pinch of salt. After all my experience making smoothie bowls, the consistency and flavor will be just as good. 🙂