The Pumpkin Cacao Chip Superfood Smoothie!

October 13, 2013

To me, it is just not Fall until I get my first taste of pumpkin.  But sometimes I just crave that pumpkin taste, and I don’t have the time to bake muffins or bread.  And just say no to those pumpkin spice lattes – they have almost 50 grams of sugar!

Enter the Pumpkin Cacao Chip Superfood Smoothie!!

This delicious smoothie literally tastes like a pumpkin pie in a glass…but unlike pumpkin pie – you will not need to lay on the couch and unbutton the pants and take a nap after eating it, this smoothie has chia seeds to provide lasting energy, and improve focus, attention, and mood – it is one of the favorites from my Perfect Metabolism program.


  • 2/3 cup of coconut water* (to lower the overall sugar content, replace 1/3 cup with plain filtered water)
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened almond or cashew milk (or another alternative milk)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (prepared/cooked fresh, or canned – but not pie mix)
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • 1 Tbs. almond butter (or NuttZo Peanut free)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Chia seed (white if you can find it)
  • 1/2 scoop of Warrior Blend Vanilla Protein Powder
  • A very generous sprinkle of cinnamon to taste (I pretty much dump it in there!) – I like Ceylon or “true cinnamon”
  • 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla extract, or vanilla powder
  • Ice as needed to thicken
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt (or Real Salt) – brings out sweetness and flavors
  • Optional – a few drops of stevia, a couple soaked dates, or a splash of maple syrup or raw agave to taste (sweeten sparingly as needed to taste, I find that it does not need this at all!)
  • Raw cacao nibs – stir in/top as much as desired, sprinkle extra cinnamon on top.


  1. Put everything into the blender, blend well.
  2. Add ice as needed to thicken. Taste and adjust for sweetness, adding a few drops of Stevia or a natural sweetener if you like.  I find that it is sweet enough without adding any sweeteners!
  3. Sprinkle the cacao nibs and a little more cinnamon on the top to decorate.
  4. Serve & enjoy immediately!

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Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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