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Pumpkin Juice Recipe (with or without spirits)

pumpkin juice

How many different things can you make out of pumpkin?  This might not be a question you’d often ask yourself, but in the town where I grew up, experimenting with pumpkin recipes is commonplace.  Known as “The Pumpkin Capital of the World”, Morton Illinois is home to the Libby’s Pumpkin processing plant.  The town holds an annual Pumpkin Festival each fall complete with rides, a parade, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin chucking, and a food tent featuring pumpkin chili, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, and so much more.  For me the pumpkin will forever be a symbol of my youth and of community spirit.

So here’s my contribution to the tradition of honoring the pumpkin.  This recipe is for all you lovers of autumn and the holidays  and festivals that are associated with it.  If your taste buds are tingling for a bit of the fall harvest and you are dreaming of pumpkin pie without the baking and all the calories, then you simply must try this.  (You’ll need a juicer.)

Pumpkin Juice Recipe

4 cups  pumpkin chunks (1/2 – 1 whole pie pumpkin)
1 apple
2-3 carrots
1/4 inch piece ginger
cinnamon
nutmeg

Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds.  Cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks and remove skin with a vegetable peeler.  Wash apple and carrots and cut into pieces that will fit into your juicer.  Put the first four ingredients through your juicer.  Pour the juice into a glass and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add ice if desired.  Makes approximately 10 oz.

with spirits (for adults only)
Prepare juice as above and mix with 1-2 ounces vanilla vodka.  Top with a table spoon of whipped cream.

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12 Comments

  1. Can you use canned pumpkin for this recipe as pumpkins are out of season? Do you still get the health benefit? Thanks

    1. Canned pumpkin of course won’t be fresh so won’t be as healthy and it is already pureed (fiber included) so it won’t go through the juicer. Why don’t you juice the other ingredients, then put them into the blender with the canned pumpkin and make a smoothie? This won’t be ideal during a cleanse, but it would make a tasty treat!

  2. Morton! I grew up there too! Class of 82. Will be going back in a few weeks for 30th High School reunion. Cant wait to try this recipe!

    1. OMG! How great is that? I’m class of 86 🙂 Have fun at the reunion. Of course you’ll have to take this recipe with you (and add the spirits!)

  3. I am a huge lover of pumpkins and I cant wait to try this juicing recipe. I just added it to my bookmark. I don’t have any fresh pumpkin on hand because then Im tempted to make a pie but with this I can have the best of both worlds. Thank you so much.

  4. looks delicious! Juicing for health adds in a bit of variety to your diet while helping you acquire essential nutrients from fruits and vegetables and lose weight naturally. try this one too! Juicing for health

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