A pumpkin smoothie may not be the first smoothie recipe you think of, but Ibet it will be once you try this recipe! The creamiest cold fall treat that ranks up there with a pumpkin spice latte in the fall beverage category.
Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
Who said that you can't have a smoothie during the chilly months of fall? I love me a good smoothie, and even the colder weather won't turn me away from a good creamy smoothie.
This delicious pumpkin smoothie recipe is like a slice of pumpkin pie in a cup! Made with real pumpkin puree and a touch of sweetness from pure maple syrup, this is the perfect fall breakfast during pumpkin season.
My kids love this healthy pumpkin pie smoothie too. It's great afternoon snack and it doesn't have much sugar, so I feel good about them sipping on it. They love my peanut butter banana smoothie too!
The health benefits of pumpkin are reason enough to eat as much of it as you can while it's in season! So if you're not wanting to bake pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cupcakes or pumpkin bread mini loaves just yet, then make this tasty and nutritious smoothie instead.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
You'll love this recipe, for a few reasons:
- A morning smoothie is a great breakfast to eat on-the-go. If you have a busy morning and need a nutritious meal to take on the road, this is a wonderful option!
- This easy recipe is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, making it a great way to stick to a healthy diet.
- You can easily adapt this recipe to be dairy free, vegan and any other dietary restrictions that you may need.
Here's a list of the simple ingredients you'll need to make this healthy pumpkin smoothie recipe.
- canned pumpkin purée, ideally frozen ahead of time in an ice cube tray (not the same as pumpkin pie filling)
- frozen banana
- Greek yogurt
- maple syrup (or reduce for lighter on sweetness)
- ground cinnamon
- vanilla extract
- optional: ice cubes
My pro tip for fall — just buy tons of canned pumpkin and store it in your pantry. There's no doubt you'll use it all up on your favorite pumpkin recipes!
Substitutions and Variations
If you want to make a dairy-free or vegan pumpkin smoothie, just use a non-dairy milk and a dairy free yogurt. Oat milk and coconut milk are my favorite substitutes for whole milk. Coconut milk yogurt is a great 1:1 replacement for plain Greek yogurt.
To make this smoothie taste even more like pumpkin pie, use a ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice instead of a ½ teaspoon cinnamon.
I have an entire post about how to freeze bananas! Check it out so that you can have plenty of bananas on hand whenever you want to make smoothies. But, if you don't have any on hand right now you can use store-bought frozen banana.
Want to thicken up the smoothie? Add some ice cubes to the mix! Or, check out my blog with all of my favorite tips and tricks on how to thicken or thin a smoothie. Freezing pumpkin puree before adding it to the smoothie will help too!
Add more protein to this pumpkin smoothie with a few scoops of collagen, almond butter or peanut butter, or maybe a scoop of vanilla protein powder. You can add extra nutrients with pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds too.
Want an extra fresh smoothie taste? Make your own homemade pumpkin puree instead of using the canned version!
Make this more sweet or less sweet by adjusting the levels of maple syrup in the smoothie.
How to Make Pumpkin Smoothie
Before making any smoothie recipe, it is important to make sure your blender has been thoroughly cleaned. If you need some cleaning tips, then check out my blog with a guide on how to clean a blender.
Once your blender is clean, we can get started on this tasty smoothie with delicious pumpkin spice flavors.
Place milk, syrup, plain Greek yogurt, and pumpkin puree into the blender pitcher. Then add the frozen banana and optional ice cubes.
Add a splash of vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon. Then add any extra smoothie add-ins.
Blend on high power for a few minutes until the smoothie is creamy and there are no lumps left.
Pour into two glasses and enjoy!
How to Store Leftover Pumpkin Smoothie
There are so many ways to easily store leftovers from a smoothie recipe. Depending on when you want to drink your leftover pumpkin pie smoothie, there are a few great options on how to store it.
I have a whole post about how to store leftover smoothie, but here's a quick summary with a few tips:
- Freezer: Pour creamy smoothie into ice cube trays or popsicle molds and freeze it. Then when you're ready to drink it, let it thaw or add it to a blender with milk and drink up! Alternatively, you can do the same by freezing your smoothie in Ziplock bags and laying them flat in the freezer.
- Fridge: Store leftover smoothie in mason jars, or another airtight container, and give it a good shake when you're ready to drink it. Smoothie will store this way for about 2 days.
- Freeze ingredients: If you're a fan of a fresh smoothie, you can still make things easier on yourself by freezing the ingredients for your smoothies. Measure out the ingredients for your smoothie, place them in zip-top bags or ice cube trays, and they're ready to pop in the blender as needed!
Hot Tip: You can freeze leftover pumpkin puree in ice cube trays!
Madison's Pro Smoothie Tips:
To make sure you are maxing out the capabilities of your high-speed blender and always having a smoothie with delicious consistency, always load up your blender pitcher in the following order:
- liquids first
- then soft fruits or vegetables
- then greens
- then frozen fruits and ice
- any powders on top
Any smoothie that uses artificial flavors or sweeteners, and has a lot of added fat content likely won't be very healthy. Using fresh ingredients and natural sweeteners is a great way to keep a smoothie healthy and dietary friendly.
The spice blend that makes up pumpkin spice is typically cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. It is not necessary to use in this smoothie recipe, but it does make many fall treats taste extra cozy and warming!
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- ½ cup canned pumpkin puree (ideally frozen ahead of time in an ice cube tray!)
- 1 ripe banana, frozen
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or reduce for lighter on sweetness)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ice cubes, if needed for thicker/colder smoothie
- Add all ingredients into the pitcher of a high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth and creamy and all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
- Pour into glasses or store for later!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 5gSugar: 38gProtein: 12g