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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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As the seasons change so do the foods we eat.  Even if you don't realize there is a good chance you start eating pumpkin and other harvest delights, add in more cooked foods and eat less fresh greens and salads.  We naturally tend to make these adjustments even when we aren't paying attention.


The days are becoming shorter and the temperatures are starting to drop.  My breakfasts are becoming warmer and more nourishing.  I tend to lose the green juices and smoothies and trade them for porridge and oats.


Since we are currently living a little farther south the heat tends to linger a little longer.  There is just a hint of chill in the air but the days are still warming up so I have made the perfect healthy breakfast treat to take you from summer to fall.


Here is my Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl.  It is packed with flavor and will get you in the fall spirit as we watch the leaves start to change.  I love topping it with my Pumpkin Spice Granola.  It adds the perfect amount of crunch to the rich and creamy smoothie bowl.  I think you are going to love it!


Peace and fall y'all,


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl
Serves 1 (easily doubled)


1/2 cup pumpkin puree*
1/2 frozen banana
handful of frozen cauliflower**
2 tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup (or more) almond milk
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp maple syrup (optional)


1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend.

2. Add more almond milk if needed.  One tablespoon at a time until you get a thick and creamy texture.  This is a smoothie bowl so you want it thick enough to hold toppings and eat with a spoon.***

3. Pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings.  My favorites are my Pumpkin Spice Granola, coconut yogurt, cacao nibs, flax seeds and pecans!

Notes: *You can use canned or my homemade Pumpkin Puree. **For best results steam cauliflower before freezing.  If you want to omit cauliflower add more frozen banana. ***For a regular smoothie add more liquid until desired consistency is reached.

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