I metaphorically wrote this recipe out in my head the other weekend as we walked through what we call the Big Woods. Living on the PNW we are somewhat deprived of those glorious maple trees the East Coast is famed for, but we have big trees. Really big trees. The odd maple, too, but not of the sugar variety. Boo! Nevertheless, we were walking along through the Big Woods when this recipe formed in the grey matter so needless to say, the moment we got home the blender was put straight to work.
We've had so much rain recently, I don't know how I'm supposed to manage my photography with these dark and gloomy days ahead. Thankfully on this particular day the clouds suddenly parted, the sun came out when I'd been told not to expect it, and so out from the cupboard came the blender at a moments notice. Thank heavens for quick recipes!
Whilst I can't extol the virtues of gelatine and collagen enough, I don't want to keep labouring the point for fear of boring you, my friends. Suffice to say, if you have missed my previous posts you can read up on the essential nutrients and all round brilliance of these products by reading here, here and here. Now I shall say no more except to tell you we are now collagen drink converts. They are great as a 'tide me over till meal time' boost, or healthy quick drink on the go. This recipe is perfect for the time of year, when pumpkins are surely the vegetable of choice for any Autumn lover!
maple pumpkin collagen shake
I always have frozen bananas to hand, they're perfect for whipping up an impromptu ice cream or shake. Whenever I notice the ones on the counter top are turning a little on the over ripe side, into the freezer they go!
(makes 2 large or 4 small)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I use this one)
juice 1 large navel orange
1 cup (250ml) coconut milk (I use this one)
2 frozen bananas, peeled and roughly chopped
1 tbsp maple syrup (I use this one) *
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I use this one)
2 tbsp collagen hydrolysate (I use this one)
pinch sea salt (I use this one)
Put all ingredients into a blender and whizz until completely smooth and well blended, adding a dribble or two of filtered water if you find it too thick. Serve immediately.
* GAPS/SCD : Omit maple syrup or substitute with honey.