11.23.2016

Warm Butternut Squash Smoothie

This butternut squash smoothie is warm, soothing, perfect for those frost bitten mornings. Grab your fav pair of wool socks and get snuggly.

butternut squash smoothie

You already braved leaving those warm covers, hopped across a cold floor, and shivered after getting out of the shower. The last thing you want for breakfast is a chilly smoothie! I hear ya… so I present my Butternut Squash Smoothie. It is warm and buttery with a little bit of spice and definitely counts as a green smoothie.

I know people don’t normally think of drinking warm smoothies, yet I dare you to give this one a try this winter; it’s so tasty and the perfect way to use seasonal ingredients in a palatable way during the coldest months of the year.

Blending a Butternut Squash Smoothie

This smoothie does take a bit of prep, as the butternut squash needs to be cooked before blending. I recommend cooking the squash ahead of time, then reheating before adding it to the blender, or just using the heat generated from your high powered blender to warm up the smoothie by blending it longer than normal.

  1. Blend the spinach and cashew milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth. If you have a high powered blender and are using that to heat up the ingredients, then blend until warm.

To roast the butternut squash: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds from each half. Lightly rub the halves with a little oil. Roast cut side down for 20 minutes, turn squash over and roast for 10-20 minutes longer, or until very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife in the thickest part. Let cool slightly before using for this butternut squash smoothie. Store leftovers, wrapped, in the refrigerator.

warm smoothie ingredients

Easy Ingredient Swaps

Instead of butternut squash, use cooked sweet potato, kabocha squash, or acorn squash. A red apple works great instead of pear. Swap kale with spinach. Use the spices of your choice. Any milk can be used in place of the cashew milk. Make this butternut squash smoothie your own #idowhatiwant.

Squash Smoothie FAQs

What fruit goes well with butternut squash?

My butternut squash smoothie uses pear. Red apple or mango also go well with butternut squash.

Can you eat butternut squash raw?

Yes, you can. Yet if you want to blend it into a smoothie I recommend baking beforehand. Raw squash is pretty hard and would be difficult to blend up well. Baked squash is soft and easy to blend into a silky smooth beverage.

How do you make a warm smoothie?

You can either use warm ingredients, or use a high powered blender to blend the ingredients until heated. A blender like a Vitamix has a powerful motor that can heat up ingredients into the desired temp.

warm butternut squash smoothie

Butternut Squash Benefits

1 cup of this sweet vegetable contains only 4 grams of sugar, making it a great smoothie ingredient. It also contains 6.6 grams of fiber, over 100% the recommended daily value of vitamin A and a decent amount of magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus.

Butternut squash can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as help prevent asthma through its large amounts of beta carotene. It’s wonderfully low in sugar (yet naturally sweet!) and is a great low sugar option for those with diabetes. So blend up this butternut squash smoothie and enjoy no sugar spike!

winter smoothie snack

5 Warm Smoothie Recipes

A chilly green smoothie might not be your breakfast of choice right now; I totally get it! So I created a few warm smoothie recipes to get you through the winter months:

  • Butternut Squash Smoothie (recipe below)

Honestly, you can take the chill out of most any smoothie by using room temp or fresh ingredients instead of frozen. If you’re using a high powered blender then the motor will warm up the smoothie if blended long enough.

 

butternut squash smoothie

Warm Butternut Squash Smoothie

Sip on a warm smoothie when the weather turns chilly. This one features spinach, butternut squash, pear, a hint of spice, and creamy cashew milk.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup cashew milk - warmed
  • 3/4 cup butternut squash - cooked (see notes)
  • 1/2 pear - peeled and cored
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost - optional

Instructions

  • Blend spinach and water until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.

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Notes

  • To roast the butternut squash: Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment (baking) paper or foil. Cut a medium butternut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds from each half. Lightly rub the halves with a little oil. Roast cut side down for 20 minutes, turn squash over and roast for 10-20 minutes longer, or until very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife in the thickest part. Let cool slightly before using for this recipe. Store leftovers, wrapped, in the refrigerator.
  • Swap in acorn squash, kabocha squash or sweet potato for the butternut squash
  • Add 1 date or a bit of maple syrup for a slightly sweeter smoothie
  • If you don't want a warm smoothie, keep ingredients at room temp for a room temp beverage, or freeze squash before adding to make a refreshingly cold smoothie

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 13296IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Hi Jen,

    This is also a very fantastic recipe, so I have added this to my best of post 11 Warm Smoothies For Winter.
    I have not shared the exact recipe, only one image from here, a small quote and all credits given to you and linked back to this page.

    Hope that is okay with you. Have a great day!

    Katherine from GreenThickies

  2. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Hi Jen,

    This is also a very fantastic recipe, so I have added this to my best of post 11 Warm Smoothies For Winter.
    I have not shared the exact recipe, only one image from here, a small quote and all credits given to you and linked back to this page.

    Have a fantastic day!

    Katherine from GreenThickies.com

  3. Rachel says:

    Could you use the “soup” setting on the Blendtec and not have to heat separately?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Rachel,

      You could totally use the soup setting on your blender. I would just be careful that it is not too hot when you pour the ingredients into your blender.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Andi says:

    Can you use coconut milk instead of cashew milk? I really like this idea as a lunch time snack. But cashew milk seems to be a bit rare in my neck of the woods

  5. Katrina says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled onto this recipe today. I have been missing my green smoothies, but I cannot get over drinking a cold drink when it’s winter.

  6. Karen Blake says:

    I found a smoothie recipe using mangos and rolled oats. I can’t seem to find it again. Could you please give me the recipe.

  7. Meg says:

    Love it. I poured it in a bowl and called it breakfast soup! It made me think of another recipe I saw here with raw squash or raw pumpkin? I cant find it? Did I imagine it?

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