Decadent Butternut Squash Smoothie

Lucious butternut squash makes the perfect star ingredient for this harvest smoothie, the same color as a big, glowing harvest moon. The heavenly flavor recalls long dinners with loved ones, snug inside as the outside world turns chilly. Our Decadent Butternut Squash Smoothie overflows with phytonutrients and antioxidants linked to a long list of health benefits, making it just the decadent smoothie to help you weather the winter ahead. When it comes to flavor, however, this fall smoothie roots itself deeply in the current season. Think maple syrup, pecans, and cinnamon. Sip this cozy smoothie and watch as the leaves begin to burst into flaming colors and drift toward the ground.

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 banana, frozen

  • 1 red banana, frozen

  • 1/2 cup butternut squash, frozen

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin spice almond milk

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon candied pecans

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend

  • 1 graham cracker, crushed

Instructions
  1. Place 2 frozen bananas, one yellow and one red, in your blender or food processor.

  2. Add 1/2 cup of frozen butternut squash.

  3. Pour in 1/2 cup of pumpkin spice almond milk and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.

  4. Measure out 1 tablespoon of candied pecans and add in.

  5. Sprinkle on 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice blend.

  6. Finish with 1 crushed graham cracker.

  7. Blend until the texture turns luxuriously smooth.

Health Benefits
  1. Banana: creamy bananas are actually a very low-fat food, but the one type they do contain small amounts of are sterols. Because sterols are structurally similar to cholesterol molecules, they can block your body’s absorption of cholesterol and keep blood cholesterol levels in check.

  2. Red banana: this rare fruit has a slightly sweeter taste than its yellow cousin, and a few more health benefits too. Red bananas get their color from beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A and uses to maintain the health of your skin, mucous membranes, immune systems, and eyes.

  3. Butternut squash: this succulent autumn staple holds a wealth of antioxidants within its flesh, which may help reduce your risk of conditions caused or aggravated by underlying inflammation, like rheumatoid arthritis.

  4. Almond milk: eating just 2 ounces of almonds gets you nearly half your daily recommended intake of magnesium, a mineral your body needs to carry out over 300 separate processes!

  5. Maple syrup: the perfect sweetener for this butternut squash smoothie recipe thanks to its rich, caramel flavor as well as the trace nutrients it contains: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B6.

  6. Pecans: another powerhouse nut, you’ll get 10% of your daily recommended fiber intake from a single ounce of pecans.

  7. Pumpkin spice blend: you’re almost sure to find cinnamon and ginger in your pumpkin spice blend, which means it can help balance blood sugar and alleviate digestive distress.

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