How to Make a Pumpkin Smoothie
Pumpkin is often used for lots of different treats to bring in the fall season. Pumpkin pie is a classic favorite, and pumpkin cakes and cookies are delicious as well. For something a bit different this fall, try making a pumpkin smoothie! In addition to being a healthier alternative to pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies can be an unusual treat for kids and guests. Here are some steps to creating a delicious pumpkin smoothie.
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1. Cut off the top of the pumpkin.
This should be done carefully with a sharp knife or pumpkin carving tool. Unlike the process of carving jack-o-lanterns, however, you do not need to angle your cut so that the top stays put on the pumpkin. If you are serving a Halloween meal soon, you can save the top of the pumpkin (particularly if it has a nice stem!) to use as a centerpiece on a platter of appetizers.
2. Cut the pumpkin in half.
There is no need to be delicate here, either—just chop the pumpkin in half in whatever way is easiest.
3. Scoop out the seeds.
With a knife, spoon, or other utensil, scrape the seeds and stringy insides out of the pumpkin halves. Be sure you have smooth surfaces on the pumpkin walls before cooking.
4. Cook the pumpkin.
Cooking the pumpkin makes the pumpkin soft and easy to work with, and also removes the need to peel the pumpkin, which is a difficult process. You can cook the pumpkin in several different ways. You can leave the pumpkin in two halves, place it in a shallow baking dish (cut sides down), and bake it at 375 degrees for one and a half hours. Alternatively, you can place the halves in the microwave and cook on high for 7 minutes per pound. Or you can chop the pumpkin into cubes and boil.
5. Blend with other ingredients.
Put the cooked pumpkin pieces in a blender with other ingredients and blend to make your smoothie! What ingredients you use in your smoothie will just depend on your personal taste. Milk, apple cider, yogurt, brown sugar, and other spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are great choices. If you are in a hurry to make a pumpkin smoothie and do not have time to cook pumpkin, you can use pumpkin puree from a can. This will not provide as fresh of a flavor, but will still be delicious in a pinch!Image Credit: bobjudge, Flickr