This delicious healthy pumpkin smoothie recipe is so thick and creamy, it feels like you are drinking an actual pumpkin pie milkshake!
The best pumpkin smoothie recipe
Prepare to fall in love with this creamy pumpkin shake.
Unlike many other pumpkin smoothie recipes, this one calls for no banana.
The super filling healthy recipe is packed with spicy sweet cinnamon and classic Fall flavor, making it the perfect choice for pumpkin lovers.
It seriously tastes like homemade pumpkin pie in a glass!
Also try this popular Pumpkin Banana Bread
Pumpkin smoothie recipes
Turn the kitchen into your own personal Jamba Juice by creating endless flavor variations of the basic recipe. Here are just a few ideas:
Chocolate Pumpkin: Blend in a tablespoon of cocoa powder, or a scoop of chocolate protein powder. You can also blend in a spoonful of Homemade Nutella.
Pumpkin Berry Smoothie: Reduce the canned pumpkin to half a cup. Add half a cup of ripe raspberries or chopped strawberries.
Green Smoothie: Throw in a handful of raw spinach or another green with a mild flavor, such as romaine, butter lettuce, or mache greens.
Pumpkin Spice: If you are a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte fan but it’s still too warm outside for a hot latte, make a pumpkin spice smoothie instead! Use chai or pumpkin protein powder in the smoothie. Or add a fourth teaspoon of ground ginger and a pinch of cloves and cardamom along with the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin Frappuccino: Add a fourth teaspoon of regular or decaf instant coffee granules to the smoothie before blending. While you could use brewed espresso instead of the milk, I have found this makes the smoothie less creamy.
Caramel Pumpkin Shake: Sweeten the smoothie with dates or date sugar. Or add a spoonful of jarred caramel sauce or homemade Coconut Caramel Sauce.
Other flavors: Turn it into a birthday cake smoothie by using cake batter protein powder or a vanilla almond flavor by adding a few drops each of vanilla and almond extract or a vanilla bean and a tablespoon of almond butter.
Top with graham cracker crumbs and Coconut Whipped Cream
Pumpkin pie smoothie video
Above, watch the homemade pumpkin smoothie recipe video
Fresh or canned pumpkin
To save time in the morning, I use canned pumpkin puree.
If you are feeling ambitious, or if your local grocery store is out of canned pumpkin brands like Libby’s, you can make your own homemade pumpkin puree. Buy a whole pumpkin, and cut it into pieces, discarding the seeds. Roast the raw pumpkin slices, then scoop out the flesh and puree it in a blender until smooth.
Store any leftover pumpkin puree in the freezer for up to five months.
As a fun alternative, canned or roasted sweet potato or butternut squash can be substituted in an equal amount for the canned pumpkin.
Pumpkin pie smoothie ingredients
The pumpkin recipe calls for just three ingredients, plus a little cinnamon or pumpkin spice, sweetener, and a pinch of salt to bring out the sweetness.
You will need canned or fresh pumpkin puree, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, milk and vanilla yogurt of choice, salt, and your favorite sweetener.
Sweeteners that work include regular sugar or brown sugar, coconut sugar, or liquid sweeteners like honey, agave, or pure maple syrup. You can make an added sugar free pumpkin smoothie by sweetening with dates, frozen banana, or keto friendly stevia.
If desired, you can blend in a frozen banana. Or add a scoop of your favorite chai or vanilla protein powder for a wholesome and filling pumpkin protein shake.
Pumpkin smoothie without yogurt
If you just want a nondairy recipe, you can easily use a plant based yogurt, such as coconutmilk yogurt, soy yogurt, or almondmilk yogurt.
Or if you prefer to replace the yogurt completely, substitute an equal amount of coconut cream, mashed banana, mango, or ripe avocado. Also add a fourth teaspoon of pure vanilla extract.
And yes, you can turn it into a thick pumpkin milkshake.
Simply replace the yogurt with vanilla ice cream or Coconut Ice Cream, and serve it for dessert instead of breakfast.
Vegan pumpkin pie shake
To make a vegan pumpkin smoothie recipe, choose a dairy free milk of choice and a plant based yogurt.
Nondairy options include almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk. For the thickest vegan smoothie that tastes like a milkshake, try canned coconut milk.
Or omit the milk and substitute an equal amount of apple juice or apple cider. Orange juice and carrot juice (yes, really) also work here.
How to make an easy pumpkin smoothie
Combine the yogurt, milk, pumpkin, salt, sweetener, and any optional ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and thick.
Pour the single serving pumpkin shake into a tall glass or a mason jar.
Alternatively, turn it into a pumpkin smoothie in a bowl, topped with shredded coconut, chia seeds, and pecans or your favorite granola.
If you do have leftovers, store them in the refrigerator in an airtight covered jar or container for up to three days.
While the blender is out, try this Dole Whip Recipe
Health benefits of pumpkin smoothies
This healthy smoothie recipe is packed with vitamin A, potassium, iron, and over six grams of fiber per serving.
Depending on the ingredients used, it can also have more than ten grams of protein even without protein powder. If you do add a scoop of protein powder, you can increase the protein to twenty five grams or more!
The homemade pumpkin smoothie recipe can be low fat, gluten free, soy free, dairy free, egg free, paleo, added sugar free, keto friendly, and vegan.
For those on a weight loss diet, the shake can be low calorie if you use fat free yogurt and unsweetened milk, such as almond milk or cashew milk.
Or increase the calories for a more substantial snack or meal replacement by using full fat yogurt and canned coconut milk or a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter.
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (dairy free if desired)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or additional cinnamon)
- pinch of salt
- sweetener of choice to taste
- Add all pumpkin smoothie ingredients to a blender, and blend until thick and smooth. Pour into a glass or bowl, add toppings if desired, and enjoy.View Nutrition Facts
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