Would you just look at the gorgeous color of our latest smoothie bowl creation...
This pumpkin inspired bowl comes from the lovely Allison (the gal behind a lot of Sari images). It's delicious, simple, refreshing and not to mention packed with 100% natural Vitamin C goodness from Acerola Cherries - a must-have for supporting a healthy immune system this cold and flu season!
So I have a confession foodies... I thought that Pumpkin was my favourite Fall vegetable. It turns out that's impossible, pumpkin is actually a fruit. Yeah! So, all these years I have been baking this stuff into muffins, pureeing into smoothies and lattes, strategically placing badly carved jack-o'-lanterns onto my porch and all the while treating my well rounded, orange friend as a vegetable.
The Pumpkin Plant
I now know that pumpkin FRUIT is part of the plant that develops from the flower. The little nub at the base of the flower is what will eventually grow into a nice, big pumpkin. Botanists actually define a fruit as the section of a plant that contains the seeds.
Furthermore (yes there is more), this vibrant fruit is actually classified as a berry. While we typically think of berries as small, edible fruits, the definition of a berry is 'a fleshly fruit produced from a single ovary'. Yep, mind blown!
Now that I've got that off my chest, let's make a smoothie bowl...
You will need:
- 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin puree*
- 1 banana fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup plant-based yogurt (we used coconut)
- 1/3 cup plant-based milk
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- A squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 tsp Sari Foods Organic Vitamin C Powder
Place ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth, pour into a bowl and top with your favourite toppings.
*For homemade pumpkin puree, don't forget to check out our easy guide here - you'll never go back to the canned stuff when you see how easy it is!
Peace, love and pumpkin fruity goodness from Abby and the family at Sari Foods!
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