Sweet mango and earthy pumpkin complement each other beautifully in this Mango Pumpkin Smoothie bowl, topped with autumnal garnishes like cinnamon, pepitas and pecans.
So, funny story about this Mango Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl…when I shot these photos the other day I was really attempting to re-shoot the photos for this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. Which if I’m being honest I totally hesitated linking to because I’m a little embarrassed by the photo quality of that old recipe- which is exactly why I was trying to update them with newer, prettier images!
But you know what? We all had to start somewhere, right? And it’s kind of cool to be able to chronicle your progress over time with something like photography, where you can go back and compare the level where you once were to where you are now.
So go ahead and check out the other pumpkin smoothie on the site and we can have a chuckle together over my newbie food photography skills of the past. I definitely feel I’ve come a long way, and I’m proud of that. At the same time, there is still so much more to learn! But the challenge is what I love most about it, so imma keep making things in the kitchen and taking lots of pictures of them, and hopefully you’ll stick around on this little journey with me.
Anyway, back to these Mango Pumpkin Smoothie Bowls. When I went to reshoot that old recipe, I discovered I was missing one of the key ingredients needed to make them- frozen bananas. Well, I wasn’t out, but the ones in the freezer were old and oxidized and had a bit of freezer burn starting to develop; not ideal.
I tried using them anyway and the smoothie turned out a watery mess, essentially a big fat fail. Frantic because I had my heart set on shooting it that day and my whole set up ready and waiting, I noticed that I did have a bag of much fresher looking frozen mango. I thought I’d give it a shot, and the result was so enticing that I immediately knew this Mango Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl deserved it’s very own spot here on Le Petit Eats.
The combination of mango and pumpkin totally works! I feel like this discovery is kind of a big deal and I’m really excited about the possibilities. The mango adds a natural sweetness, eliminating the need for added sugars (although I do like to add a touch of maple syrup, more for the flavor that pairs so well with pumpkin). It also delivers the frozen element required for smoothie bowls in a more refreshing way than bananas do.
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Mango Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl
- ¾ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- ½ cup unsweetened cashew or almond milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Assorted toppings such as: sliced banana, pecans, hemp seeds and cinnamon
Add pumpkin, mango, cashew milk, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to a blender and pulse until smooth (if smoothie is too thick, add a splash or two more of cashew milk). Transfer to a bowl and add toppings.