Unlike my sis, I just can’t watch horrors and hate being afraid. I’ll never forget our trip to a student cinema (50 seats only) to watch The Ring . I was a total embarrassment. I spent 80% of the movie covering my eyes and jumping up every time I looked at the screen. Really hopeless. Joanna said she’ll never go to movies with me again.
I really, REALLY can’t watch scary stuff. Occasionally I’ll enjoy a good thriller, but that’s pretty much all I am equipped for. The look of a flaming inside, monstrous faces carved out of the pumpkin rind makes literally the hair on my neck stand up.
And I hate ghost stories.
Yes, I am that bad…
On the flip side I LOVE PUMPKIN! Pumpkin soup, muffins, pie, filling and smoothies!
So, partly to distract myself from seeing Halloween faces, I decided to blend a nice pumpkin and banana smoothie for breakfast!
2 ways to go about my pumpkin and banana smoothie
Simply buy a can of pumpkin puree, throw all the ingredients in the blender and the smoothie will be ready in no time. Just be sure you use the pumpkin puree and not the pie mix, which has numerous additives, including sugar and preservatives, and this defeats the object if added to a primarily healthy Halloween treat. They tend to sit right next to each other on the supermarket shelf, but the content of both is drastically different. The pumpkin puree in a can should contain nothing but pumpkin puree.
You can also buy the whole pumpkin and make your own puree for the smoothie. If that’s what you decide to do, don’t discard the seeds. Instead, rinse them, toss in a bowl with a bit of olive oil and, after you layer them evenly on a baking tray, roast at 160C (325F) for about 15 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown. Really tasty and healthy snack for the Halloween TV evening in with hardly any effort!
To make the pumpkin and banana smoothie, you’ll also need some honey, cinnamon or cocoa powder (your choice) , allspice, Greek yogurt and soy or almond milk. It is nice if you have time to freeze the pumpkin puree for about 2 hours before blending, but if you can’t, that’s not a big deal. Simply drop in 2-3 ice cubes to your blend instead.
We are talking some seriously delicious and healthy Halloween treat here! One (250 ml) glass of my smoothie will sort 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, 20% of the daily value for vitamin C, 10% or more for vitamin E, potassium, copper and manganese at least iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Yeah, me too! And to top it all up it tastes like a pumpkin heaven!
Happy & healthy Halloween everyone!
- 400g roasted pumpkin or 2, almost full cups of pumpkin puree
- ⅔ cup (200g) Greek yoghurt - 2%
- 1½ cup (325ml) almond or soy milk
- 1 tbsp cinnamon or coco powder (more to taste if needed)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp allspice
- ½ banana
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Preheat the oven to 175 C (350F).
- Quarter the pumpkin and then cut each piece in half. Remove the seeds. Place the pumpkin pieces on a baking tray and roast for 40 min. Peel the skin off and use only the remaining flesh for the smoothie.
- Place all the ingredients in the powerful blender or food processor and blend until creamy and smooth.