It will be long before it’s Halloween again, so forget the lanterns. We have a better use of pumpkin for this season: pumpkin juices and smoothies.
If you’re new to juicing, the idea may sound a bit unappealing to you. No one is eating raw pumpkin, let alone drinking concentrated juice, right?
And yet all the juicing aficionados know they have in their recipe books at least a few well-worn pages where the pumpkin juice recipes are.
In this post, you will learn 5 easy recipes to make the tastiest and healthiest juices and milkshakes from pumpkin.
But first, let’s take a look at what nutrients the orange/yellowish fruit has to offer.
Benefits of pumpkin juice
The bright orange color of pumpkin suggests that it is a rich source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene. And in fact it is!
Once ounce of raw pumpkin contains 170% of your daily need of vitamin A. Raw pumpkin juice is naturally loaded with the vitamin, making it definitely one of the best drinks for your eyes.
The vitamin A in pumpkin juice not only helps with maintaining and improving your vision, but your skin too.
Apart from the pre-vitamin A that will be turned into retinol inside the body, pumpkin juice has a small amount of a compound that is equivalent to retinol, which is famous for its anti-aging effects on the skin.
The juice also contains a high quantity of various antioxidants, including vitamin C and zinc. These are essential for a healthy, smooth, acne-free skin!
Pumpkin juice is a pretty safe drink, except to those who are allergic to pumpkin. The only side effect known to us is that it can turn your skin orange or yellow. However, that only happens if you consume a large amount of it every day over a long period, which most people don’t.
How to prepare a pumpkin for juicing
- Pick a small/average pumpkin, the kind that you can make a pie with. BBC Good Food suggests that pumpkins that feels heavy for their sizes and have smooth skin are the best.
- Wash the pumpkin thoroughly and remove the stem.
- Cut the pumpkin into halves. It can be very hard
- Scoop out the seeds and the stringy pulp.
- Peel the pumpkin and cut it into small chunks that can go through your juicer.
Best pumpkin juice recipes
These are very easy juice and smoothie recipes with pumpkin. Some of them don’t even require a juicer to make!
1. Pumpkin carrot juice (3 servings)
With pumpkin and carrot, this juice is full of vitamin A and C. A great treat for your eyes and skin!
You can also pour the juice into an airtight jar and put in into the fridge for a few hours before drinking it. It tastes better when cold.
- 1 small pumpkin
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 medium apple
- ½ inch ginger root
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
How to make:
- Prepare the pumpkin as directed above
- Wash and peel the carrots, remove the stem, and cut into chunks that fit in your juicer
- Wash and peel the ginger.
- Run everything through your juicer.
- Add the cinnamon powder, stir well, and enjoy.
2. Pumpkin carrot juice (5 servings)
This is a thick, delicious juice that doesn’t contain too many calories. Pumpkin and apple cider are both great source of vitamin C and various antioxidants that help stabilize blood sugar and kill pathogens.
- – 4 cups (950ml) apple cider
- – 6 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- – 1¼ cup peach nectar
- – ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
How to make:
- Pour the apple cider, the pumpkin puree, and the peach nectar into a blender. Add the cinnamon powder.
- Close the blender and run it until the ingredients are all mixed.
- Pour the juice into an airtight jar and leave it in the fridge to chill.
- Serve the juice cold. If it’s too thick, you can also serve it with ice.
3. Pumpkin apple juice (5 servings)
- 2 cups water
- 12 oz (350 ml) apple juice concentrate. You can make your own apple juice by running cored apples through a juicer.
- 15 oz (450 ml) pumpkin puree
- 1 cup frozen sliced peaches
- ⅛ to ¼ cup (30 – 60 ml) lemon juice
How to make:
- Add the frozen peach into the water, and leave it there for a few minutes to let it thaw.
- Use a blender to pulse the peach and the water.
- Add the apple juice concentrate, the pumpkin, and the lemon juice. Run the blender until everything is well mixed.
- Strain the mixture using a cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.
- Pour the juice into a glass jar and leave it in the fridge for a few hours. This juice is quite thin; therefore, it’s best served cold without ice.
4. Pumpkin apple cider juice (5 servings)
With honey and ginger, this pumpkin juice offers a great boost to your immune and digestive system.
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- 5 cups apple cider
- 2 inches fresh ginger, sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 (28-ounce) can pumpkin puree
How to make:
- Heat 3 cups apple cider in a saucepan
- Add ginger, cinnamon and cloves.
- Boil the mixture. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Stir in honey and sugar. Transfer to a covered glass container and leave in the fridge to chill.
- When serving, stir in 2 cups apple cider and pumpkin puree. Best enjoy when cold.
5. Pumpkin banana milkshake (2 servings)
Packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium, this milkshake is a great snack to start your day with!
- 1 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup (120 g) vanilla Greek yogurt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup (120 ml) skim milk
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) pure maple syrup
- ⅔ cup (150g) pumpkin puree
Whipped cream for topping
How to make:
- Add everything into a blender in the listed order.
- Run the blender for 3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth. Add more ice or more milk if desired.
- Leave in the fridge until well-chilled. Pour the mixture into a glass, and top with whipped cream. Serve cold.
What are your favorite pumpkin juice recipes? Share with us in the comment section!