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Creamy Fig And Pumpkin Latte Smoothie

by Nordh

With the first leaves turning and autumn approaching fast, my cravings for pumpkin spice is increasing all the more. Most people tend to associate pumpkins with not much more than Jack-o’-lanterns, Halloween and possibly Charlie Brown, but fact is, there is a lot more to this cute orange groud, not only in the flavour department, but also in the nutrition departments.

Health Benefits Of Figs

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie

Remnants of figs have been found in 5,000 B.C excavations sites.

Figs have a long, ancient history, and being among the oldest fruits ingested by humans, it has been around for centuries. Remnants have been found in Neolithic excavations sites, dated 5,000 B.C.

Figs are often said to be the world’s healthiest food. They are an excellent source of fibers and packed with minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, as well as vitamin A, E and K.

The potassium helps to control blood pressure, and the high concentration of dietary fibers promotes regular bowel function. The calcium strengthens our bones, and phosphorus contributes to bone formation.

 

Health Benefits Of Pumpkin

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie

Pumpkins are packed with nutrients.

Pumpkins have multiple health benefits, and the vitamin- and nutrient-rich flesh of this squash plant is well worth incorporating into your everyday diet. Pumpkin is incredibly rich in carotenoids, the organic pigments that are responsible for the species’ vibrant orange-yellow hue. These pigments act as antioxidants and have cancer-fighting properties.

In addition, the body has the ability to convert some carotenoids, such as beta-carotene (which is also found in carrots and apricots), to vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential to our vision and prevents degenerative damage. 2 dl of pumpkin is packed with 200% of our recommended daily intake of vitamin A!

Furthermore, pumpkins also contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, which all support heart health and strengthens our immune system. Lastly, pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that contributes to the body’s production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that is responsible for maintaining mood balance.


The Recipe

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The following smoothie is ridiculously simple to make. It’s based on almond milk, banana and figs and can be garnished with various toppings such as granola and walnuts. For some extra warm spice, add some cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. It will add extra fiber to your day, and keep you full for a long time.

 

Creamy Fig And Pumpkin Latte Smoothie

With the first leaves turning and autumn approaching fast, my cravings for pumpkin spice is increasing all the more. Most people tend to associate pumpkins with not much more than… Lifestyle Creamy Fig And Pumpkin Latte Smoothie European Print This
Serves: 1 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 2dl almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1dl canned pumpkin puree
  • 0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 0.5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tiny pinch salt
  • ½ banana, chilled or frozen
  • 2-4 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt (topping)
  • 3-4 fresh fig (topping)
  • 0.5dl rolled oats or granola (topping)
  • vegan coconut whipped topping (optional)

Instructions

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1. Remove the stems of the figs and chop them into halves. We will use these for garnish to add some visual appeal, so try to make it look pretty ;).

2. Put some granola and some coconut yoghurt aside for later. Add the almond milk, the pumpkin, the banana and the ice cubes (in the order listed) to a blender and blend until smooth.

3. Add the spices; vanilla extract, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt. Blend for a few seconds to distribute the spices evenly.

4. Transfer to a serving glass. Add the the figs.

5. Sprinkle the granola over the drink. Add some vegan coconut whipped topping.

Notes

Experiment freely and top with a variety of toppings.

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Hannah Marie 2017-09-03 - 17:58

So many benefits from pumpkin and figs! I had no idea about that. I need to try this recipe!

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Nordh
Nordh 2017-10-01 - 17:17

I hope you got a chance to try the recipe!

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication 2017-09-04 - 06:34

Oh my GOSH!!! First of all, that looks amazing. Second of all, fig and pumpkin?! Interesting combination of flavors!

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Nordh
Nordh 2017-10-01 - 17:21

It is definitely a daring combination, may not suit everyone, but personally, I love it!

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Grazia 2017-09-04 - 20:33

I love pumpkin and this recipe is great I would like to try it as soon as I can

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Tara pittman 2017-09-05 - 18:53

It is pumpkin season. That smoothie looks so good.

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emma white 2017-09-06 - 14:34

oh wow these look and sound amazing I must give them a try for myself

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pinkoddy 2017-09-06 - 15:53

I had no idea about all the health benefits of figs and pumpkins. We love smoothies so def going to give this a try – thanks for sharing.

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Nordh
Nordh 2017-10-01 - 17:22

I love smoothies as well. Happy to hear you will try it out – hopefully you will like it!

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Coralie 2017-09-07 - 01:15

I never thought of combining these two flavor combinations, but I am sure that it tastes amazing. It looks amazing.

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Tiffany 2017-09-07 - 22:56

Stunning photos! I love a good smoothie. The pumpkin and fig are great combinations and so healthy. Gotta make this!

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Claudia Krusch 2017-09-09 - 14:22

I love to start my day with a delicious smoothie. This Creamy Fig And Pumpkin Latte smoothie looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make one this weekend.

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Crystal Carder 2017-10-06 - 18:09

I love pumpkin! These recipes are making me long for fall.

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Shreya Saha 2019-06-09 - 16:56

This is an amazing vegan recipe. I would love to make this at home and have. I have almond milk, pumpkin, and figs too. Just need few more ingredients and I can create magic. Thanks for the recipe.

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