This warm smoothie bowl is the perfect cool weather breakfast. Buckwheat and pumpkin pack in the nutrition to power you through the morning!
When the cold weather hits, the last thing I want to do is have something cold for breakfast. After scrolling through some serious food porn in my instagram feed, I came across smoothie bowls and decided that it was the perfect type of food to satisfy my craving.
At the time I found the recipe I was already enjoying a delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte and so I figured I’d take the smoothie bowl to another level and add pumpkin to it.
Warm Smoothie Bowl to the rescue!
But it’s not even pumpkin season you say?
If like myself If you find that your body craves pumpkin, and you’d like to cherish its goodness all year round then you have two options.
- You can buy canned pumpkin. It’s best to stock up on this prior to Thanksgiving, since the holiday rush can clean out any store’s supply. Be sure to opt for those cans which are BPA free, as it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
- If food preservation is more your style, then you’ll find that pumpkin does really well as a frozen puree. All you need to do is remove the edible meat from the pumpkin, blend it up, and put it straight into an ice cube tray or even use silicone muffin cups. You can opt to cook it first or leave it raw, just just be sure you have an idea of how you prepared it prior to freezing it. Then when you want to enjoy it later, just pop a few frozen cubes out of the freezer and add it to your favorite meal like my One Pot Chicken and Pumpkin Rice .
It’s really that simple to enjoy pumpkin all year long. Pumpkin is packed with nutrients and so good for you, so why not eat it as much as possible?
Why Should I Care What’s in Season?
Eating foods in season is great for many reasons. One of the most obvious reasons is due to budget. If a food can be easily grown across your region, then likely it’s more affordable, and there are probably also many options to pick from meaning you get the best and juiciest pumpkin of the bunch.
What’s even better about eating food in season is that your body craves these foods. As the weather patterns change throughout the year, your body needs different nutrients and different food densities to keep it happy and healthy. For that reason, pumpkin in the colder months especially fall, is just what the doctor ordered.
Pumpkin is Simply a Smart, Healthy Choice
One of the reasons pumpkin is such a great addition to your diet is due to its high fiber content. Fiber helps to keep you feeling full longer so you’re less likely to reach for a snack. Thus preventing you from consuming excessive calories. It’s a win-win situation for weight loss!
After eating the meat of the plant, you’ll want to consider eating the seeds as well since they boost your mood. It’s the amino acids that work with your brain chemistry to increase the happy chemical called serotonin. Happiness creates healthiness.
This Pumpkin Buckwheat Warm Smoothie Bowl would make an excellent post workout meal. Pumpkin is really high in potassium which helps to replenish your electrolytes which can dip when working up a sweat. It’s also high in Vitamin C so you’re likely to get a double boost of healthy nutrients post workout. There’s simply nothing that pumpkin can’t do for you!
As much as I love pumpkin in all my other recipes when I saw those delicious smoothie bowls in my instagram feed I knew that it was a WARM smoothie bowl kind of day. Pumpkin and buckwheat pair beautifully here and let me tell you can enjoy this warm smoothie bowl anytime of the day! I’ve even had this for dinner because why not? 😉
Then for dessert, I couldn’t help but think of my delicious Pumpkin Pie Parfait . I just can’t get enough pumpkin!
- ¼ cup buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup plant based milk
- 2 pitted medjool dates
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Start by soaking buckwheat groats overnight. In the morning you’ll want to strain and rinse the soaked groats well.
- Next place your groats in the blender, and then toss all your other ingredients in there as well. Blend the mixture until it’s smooth.
- Pour your blended mixture into a small saucepan, place it on your stovetop, and warm through.
- Be sure to keep an eye on it as it thickens quickly! You may also microwave on high for one to two minutes.
- It’s ready to eat at this point. Top it with a seasonal fruit such as pears or with other yummy additions like persimmon, coconut flakes, raw buckwheat, chia and flax seeds.