Shops and markets are full of pumpkins at this time of year; they’re inexpensive, very highly nutritious, and can be used in a wide range of different recipes. With an abundance of vitamins A, C and E, as well as potassium and manganese, they also contain good levels of iron and magnesium – essential for maintaining the health of muscles and bodily tissue.
This recipe is 100% plant – based, vegan, gluten-free and even paleo since there are no grains and everything is completely natural.
If you’re wondering what to do with leftover pumpkin, this recipe makes a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast or satisfying afternoon snack. The spices used add to the ‘pumpkin pie’ taste, and also aid in keeping digestive fire or ‘Agni’ strong – especially important during Autumn and Winter.
- 1 cup chopped pumpkin (cubed)*
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 banana (half for blending and half for topping)
- splash of almond milk or any milk of your choice
To cook the pumpkin quickly, place your chopped pumpkin in the microwave for about 7 minutes until it becomes soft…. If you don’t use the microwave for anything, then good for you – click here to find out how to make pumpkin puree the long and proper way.
*Wherever you can, do use natural pumpkin instead of canned! Not only is canned pumpkin likely to contain harmful BPA chemicals, but it’s not fresh and not natural – plus, cooking from scratch has been proven to make us happier.
Add the cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, chia seeds, half the banana, and almond milk to a food processor or blender, and blend briefly until everything is broken down and combined, but still thick.
Spoon everything into a bowl and top with the other banana half, these toppings also work well and are all completely natural and plant-based:
- Hemp seeds
- Shredded coconut
- Flax seeds or ground flax
- Pure maple syrup or raw honey
- Sliced apple (it’s seasonal and will make this even more Autumnal!)
Eat while still warm for a truly comforting breakfast that feeds your body all the nutrients it needs to start the day well!