This pumpkin flavored smoothie tastes just like pumpkin pie in a glass. Smooth, creamy and full of fall flavors. The perfect breakfast, lunch or dessert option!
If you like pumpkin pie, there is a very good chance that you will LOVE this smoothie!
It is a healthy alternative to eating a slice of pumpkin pie. This smoothie tastes very similar to pumpkin pie and is healthy way to satisfy cravings.
The smoothie is sweetened with banana’s, helping to keep it lower in calories and fat.
Looking for something other than pumpkin? Check out this Pina Colada Smoothie instead!
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This recipe is the result of a pregnancy craving for anything and everything pumpkin! I didn’t really experience any major cravings until in my 25th week of pregnancy. Then suddenly they hit. Very sporadic and random, however pumpkin was on the list.
Pumpkin tastes good in any form – cakes, cookies, bars, dips, you name it! I’m trying not to overdo it with my cravings though, and am all about the healthy recipes that still taste good.
As a result of all these cravings, I’ve been on a mission to transform unhealthy recipes into healthy alternatives that taste just the same. (Check out my baked boneless wings—a healthy alternative, but you wouldn’t even know it!).
So far, I haven’t had any super crazy cravings (I’ve heard stories of some people eating combinations like pickles dipped in BBQ sauce). Not here thanks goodness, but I definitely won’t turn down a little pumpkin. It’s like when the leaves start falling (or even get close to start falling) and the air turns cool, I’m ready to go into 100% fall mode and make all the fall goodies.
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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Ingredients
This delicious and healthy smoothie requires only 6 ingredients. You may already have most of these items on hand.
- Pumpkin Puree: Use only ½ cup for 1 serving of smoothie. Refrigerate the leftovers if you’re planning to make more smoothies or pumpkin goodies. The pumpkin should last 3-4 days in the refrigerator if placed in an airtight container.
- Banana: use a very ripe banana: this creates sweetness without having to add any extra sugar. Freeze the banana the night before making the smoothie.
- Almond Milk: vanilla almond milk. Usually I go for the unsweetened type, but this time I used the regular vanilla flavor for a hint of added sweetness.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: adds the perfect amount of pumpkin pie flavor
- Cinnamon: adds a festive flavor to the smoothie
How to Make a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:
This smoothie and easy to make. Simply add it all the ingredients into your blender and blend. Here’s a few things to note:
Believe it or not, the order of adding the liquid to the blender is actually important for this smoothie. Add the liquid closest to the blender blade to help prevent the frozen banana from getting stuck.
- Upright Blender (such as this one): Add the liquid first, then add the rest of the ingredients.
- Blender where you screw on the top last (similar to this blender): add all ingredients first, then add the liquid to the top.
Once the liquid is added, add in your pumpkin, banana, spices and ice. Blend away and serve immediately. This smoothie is very easy to make!
The key to this smoothie is getting the consistency right. Smoothies that don’t have the correct ratio of liquid to ice are often too icy or too liquid. Here’s a few tips:
- Use a frozen banana: this cuts down on the amount of ice that is needed
- Measure out your ice cubes- avoid getting too much or the smoothie will not have much flavor
This recipe can be double and tripled if wanting to make larger servings. I recommend using a large blender that has a strong motor. If your blender does not have as powerful of a motor, blend all ingredients first and then add the ice.
You could try making this in a large food processor as well. It will probably require some opening of the lid and scrapping down of the sides to make sure your smoothie is completely blended.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie On The Go
This is a great smoothie for meal prep! Throw all ingredients except for the banana and ice into the blender the night before. The next morning, add your ice and banana, and blend away.
This high speed blender is a great option for making smoothies on the good, because the blending container is the same container you take with you!
Make it a Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake:
Here’s some ways to add in additional protein to make this a pumpkin pie protein shake:
- Add 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder (adds 10-15 grams protein depending on the brand)
- Add ½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (adds 10 grams protein depending on brand)
- Replace the almond milk with skim milk (adds 9 grams protein)
This smoothie is loaded with pumpkin! One benefit of this smoothie vs. pumpkin goodies is that you get a ½ cup worth of pumpkin in one serving. Most other pumpkin treats only have a 1/2 cup – 1 cup TOTAL of pumpkin for the entire recipe.
Pumpkin Health Benefits
Canned pumpkin is a low calorie food option with many nutritional benefits. ½ cup of pumpkin is only 50 calories, which makes it a great addition to smoothies, or even in cooking to add moisture, such as to a bread or chili!
Pumpkin is loaded with Vitamin A. ½ cup provides 250% of your daily needs. Some studies have found that this may help improve vision.
Pumpkin also has 3 g fiber per ½ cup. This is a soluble fiber that aids in digestion.
Pumpkin Pie Vs. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Nutrition
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*adding protein powder adds an extra ~ 100 calories/15 g pro
- High Power Blender or Food Processor: Having a strong blender will help create an even consistency of the smoothie. A food processor can also be used if you do not have a blender.
- Smoothie Cup: This insulated tumbler is perfect for taking your smoothie on the go! And it claims it can keep your drink cold for up to 18 hours with no sweating!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 frozen banana (ripe)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- Slice the frozen banana into 1 inch slices.
- Combine the almond milk, banana, pumpkin puree, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. Serve immediately!
- Banana should be ripe to give the smoothie a sweet flavor.
- Use a frozen banana so that you do not have to use ice cubes to get a frozen smoothie texture.
- Vanilla almond milk is recommended over the unsweetened almond milk.
- Protein powder: add 1 scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder for extra protein
- Honey: add 1 tbsp of honey for added sweetness
- Increase the amount of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice if desired