Raw Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)



Raw Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie

Complete Meal replacement drink

Raw Butternut Squash Smoothie (Green Smoothie / Green Thickie)

This spiced butternut squash smoothie is not only perfect for this time of year but it’s actually raw, very healthy and extremely filling.  Not only that but it doesn’t include any oats at all so for those who don’t eat oats, this is a perfect meal replacement smoothie.

Butternut Squash Benefits

Raw Vegan Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie (Green Smoothie/ Green Thickie)Did you know butternut squash is actually a fruit?  This is technically because it has seeds.  Did you also know you can eat butternut squash raw perfectly safely?  It’s better to eat fruit and veg raw if you can so they retain all their nutrients.  Butternut squash can be a bit tough though so it’s pefect when blended up into a smoothie.

Butternut squash has such a vibrant orange colour which is an indicator of high levels of nutrients.  Butternut squash is rich in beta-carotene which is good for preventing breast cancer and age-related macular degeneration.

Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie

Raw Butternut Squash Smoothie Spiced with cinnamonUsually my Green Thickie smoothies contain oats so they fill you up as a complete meal replacement.  This smoothie however is totally raw, even more filling, contains no grains and is still low in fat.  It also contains ingredients you can easily find locally and won’t cost the earth.  And finally it happens to taste absolutely delicious.  Can this smoothie get any better?

This smoothie is extremely filling and on the higher end of the calorie scale so you might want to only make a quarter of the recipe if you are watching your calories or want to have this smoothie as a snack instead of a meal.

This smoothie doesn’t contain any leafy greens as I wanted to see the beautiful orange colour of the squash but I would completely recommend you always add greens to your smoothies for the health benefits.

How to prepare butternut squash

You will probably need a fairly sharp knife to slice through the butternut squash.  What I usually do is cut it in half and scoop out the seeds and then use the knife to peel the skin off.  Then cut it into cubes and add it to your blender.

How to cook butternut squash

Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie with optional greensIf you really don’t want to eat raw butternut squash, you could always cook it first and then add it to the smoothie.

You can cook it in your oven on a baking tray at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes.  You don’t have to chop it before you cook it, just put it in the oven whole and you can cut it and remove the skin and seeds once it’s cooked.

I go through phases of liking butternut squash.  Sometimes I can’t get enough and add it to everything and then I can’t face it at all for a good few months.  I don’t think I would ever get sick of this butternut squash smoothie though.  Have you ever eaten butternut squash raw?  What are your favourite ways to eat Butternut squash?

This Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie is completely raw and a complete healthy meal. 

Raw Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

2 servings

Number of servings: Approximately 1 pint

Raw Spiced Butternut Squash Smoothie (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)

This spiced butternut squash smoothie is not only perfect for this time of year but it’s actually raw, very healthy and extremely filling. Not only that but it doesn’t include any oats at all so for those who don’t eat oats, this is a perfect meal replacement smoothie.

Ingredients

Half a Cup Coconut Milk
1 and a half Cups Non Dairy Milk (oat, rice, soya, almond, hemp, coconut drink or raw nut or seed milk)
1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Optional but highly recommended – photo taken without greens)
½ Cup Raisins (or any other dried fruit which can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend)
2 Cups Butternut Squash
6 Bananas
1 teaspoon Vanilla
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Nutmeg

Instructions

Blend the ingredients in the order listed. Blend the greens and liquid first and then blend the rest of the ingredients. This creates more space in your blender. Add more water if required to thin it out. Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have. If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending.

NOTE: The calories shown are for half of the ingredients listed as this smoothie serves 2. If you want less calories you could have a smaller portion.

Notes

If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie .

Suitable for Special Diets: Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa), raw (Use raw oats/quinoa), vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk), salt free, nut free (replace nuts with any plain seeds)* If you want to check if you can drink green thickies on your special diet please read this first. This will suggest some substitutions so you can still enjoy Green Thickies with ingredients you can tolerate.

http://www.greenthickies.com/raw-spiced-butternut-squash-smoothie/

I have shared this with Wellness Weekends and Healthy Vegan Fridays.



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Comments

  1. I always learn something new when I come to check out your recipes! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  2. Never knew it was a fruit, but that makes sense because it is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your drink on foodie friday.

  3. with all the butternut out and about right now – this is perfect!

    thank you for sharing your post with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up! I hope we’ll see you again this week with more amazing seasonal & real food posts. xo, kristy.

  4. Never thought to have butternut raw. I probably would not have a blender strong enough though. Sad. It sounds good. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday! Hope to see you back this week.

    • Hi Debra, I wouldn’t have thought about having it raw either before I went on my raw food diet and I realised that so many foods can be eaten raw. Although I’ve got to say that in the winter here in the UK I don’t fancy quite as much raw food so I’ve been cooking a lot of my soups lately. Don’t worry, if your blender can’t handle it, you can just add in cooked butternut squash. It will probably still be delicious. Similar to adding in a can of pumpkin I’d guess! Thank you for hosting Healthy 2Day Wednesdays. I’m really loving your blog hop.

  5. YUMMY, just perfect for this time of year!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party last week! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I hope that you’ll join us this week to share more yummies! Also, be sure to stop back by to see who the winner of the Planet Rice will be! The winner will be announced at GFF #9 Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  6. As always, this looks and sounds delicious Katherine! I never would have thought to eat squash raw before, but I’ll definitely have to try it. Hope you’re having a great week!

  7. I had no idea you could eat butternut squash raw! Is it hard for the blender to juice though since its so hard? Cant wait to try!

  8. Hello, tried your apple pie smoothie and it was a big hit in our house. Even my picky, steak and potatoes lovin Father in law loved it. But I was curious about this recipe. 6 bananas, really, that would fill up my vitamix. Thanks for the recipes.

  9. Megan Davies says:

    I loved this recipe but I used 3 bananas instead. 6 just seemed a bit much?

  10. The recipe is a bit hard to follow. Firstly it says half a cup of cococnut milk, then a cup and half of a non dairy milk . . . what is cococnut milk? Last I knew coconut was non-dairy. Secondly, you’re putting six bananas, a cup of spinach, two cups squash etc—and the number of servings is ONE PINT? But it also says 2 servings–so I’m thinking how the receipe is supposed to read is “Yields 4 pints, two servings, 2 pints per serving”. But I’m not going to spend $15 at grocery store and 30 minutes cutting up a squash for 16 ounces of liquid. That’s ridiculous. Also six bananas go into this but the site is riddled with ads, one of which is how one should never eat bananas–kinda contrary, don’t you think?

    • Sorry you are having trouble with my recipe. It is coconut milk from a can which is thick and a different thinner milk in addition to the coconut milk. The recipe serves 2 and each serving is 1 pint – so it makes 2 pints in total. That’s funny about the ads. They show different ads to everyone and I can’t control them I’m afraid.

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