Butternut Squash Smoothie

Butternut squash smoothie recipeThis mellow smoothie tastes like a liquid version of a delicious pumpkin pie — the secret being that butternut squash makes better pumpkin pie than pumpkin itself does. Gently spiced with cinnamon and ginger, this smoothie is packed with flavor and gives you a generous dose of  vitamins A and C. It might well become your go-to fall and winter smoothie! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog.

Makes: Two 12-ounce servings or three 8-ounce servings

  • 1 cup well-baked and mashed butternut squash (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla nondairy milk (sweetened or unsweetened;
  • good with any kind of nut milk)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, preferably fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or use 1/2 teaspoon
    grated fresh ginger for a more distinct flavor
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cashew or almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Liquid sweetener (stevia, agave, maple syrup —
    but taste first, you may not need it at all,
    especially if using sweetened nondairy milk)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve at once at room temperature.

Butternut squash smoothieNotes:
If using a high-speed blender, and you have the means to cut up a raw butternut squash, you can start with 1 1/4 cup chunks, unbaked.

See VegKitchen’s video on how to prebake whole butternut squash so that it becomes easy to cut. Bake it a little more than the video instructs — you want to be able to pierce the narrow part through very easily.

Variation:  You can use sugar pumpkin or golden acorn in place of the butternut; this is best with good, sweet squash.

via http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/vegetables-all-year-round/winter-squash/butternut-squash-smoothie/

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