Welcome to #AKPumpkinWeek day 4! I know that we’re in the middle of fall and the weather is starting to get chilly, but I’m a firm believer that smoothies should be enjoyed year round. They’re an excellent way to add nutritious fruits, veggies and protein into your diet.
Plus, when you can make a smoothie taste exactly like pumpkin pie, is there really anything more you can ask for?
Some of you may remember me posting a version of this recipe over on Instagram last month. You all went Tom Cruise crazy (TCC as I like to call it) for it, and so I immediately knew the recipe had to make a permanent appearance on the blog.
One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because it’s the perfect way to use up leftover pumpkin puree after you’ve baked these healthy pumpkin cookies or this chocolate pumpkin bread that tastes like cake. Hehe.
Healthy pumpkin smoothie ingredients
This pumpkin smoothie is creamy, has the perfect consistency, is wonderfully spiced so it actually tastes like you’re enjoying a slice of pumpkin pie. Plus, it’s healthy! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Pumpkin puree: if you’d like you can make your own using this tutorial or you can grab a can of pumpkin puree from the store.
- Plain or vanilla greek yogurt: I prefer whole milk for a boost of healthy fat, but feel free to use a dairy free yogurt if you’d like.
- Frozen banana: this helps to sweeten the smoothie and create a creamy consistency
- Almond milk: feel free to use regular milk or coconut milk if you prefer.
- Nut butter: I prefer almond butter or pecan butter for a hint of nutty sweetness + healthy fats to keep you satisfied.
- Vanilla extract: the one and only flavor booster.
- Pumpkin pie spices: we’re using cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice (or you can sub pumpkin pie spice!)
Adding more nutrition to this pumpkin smoothie
Not only is this pumpkin smoothie super creamy, but there’s over 17g protein and 8g fiber per serving, making it a fabulous post-workout smoothie or afternoon snack to keep you fueled up. There are also several easy ways to boost the nutrition of this smoothie by adding any of the following ingredients:
- Flaxseed meal: this is one of my favorite ingredients to add to smoothies for a little boost of fiber and minerals, and is especially great for nursing mamas as flaxseed can help increase milk supply. Usually a tablespoon is plenty! Here’s a brand I love.
- Chia seeds: feel free to add in a tablespoon of chia seeds to your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats and fiber.
- Hemp seeds: if you’ve been wondering what to do with those hemp seeds lurking in your cupboard, feel free to throw in a tablespoon into your smoothie for a boost of healthy fats, omegas and minerals.
- Extra protein: add additional protein by using 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder. I recommend Vital Protein collagen peptides or Bob’s Red Mill Plant Based Vanilla Protein Powder.
Tips for making this healthy pumpkin smoothie recipe
Here are a few of my favorite tips for making this pumpkin pie smoothie creamy and delicious:
- Using a frozen banana as it helps keep the smoothie cold and thick. Sometimes ice doesn’t blend as well, so it’s best to skip unless absolutely necessary.
- Make sure to use a a ripe, frozen banana for peak natural sweetness.
- Don’t be afraid to add more liquid if your smoothie is too thick or won’t fully blend. High powered blenders tend to blend frozen ingredients much better, so if you have a regular or personal size blender, you may need to add more milk.
- Start the blender on low speed, then gradually increase the speed to high to help blend all ingredients. End with the blender on low speed.
Meal prep this healthy pumpkin pie smoothie
Yes, you can make this easy pumpkin smoothie ahead of time to enjoy later! I have three amazing methods for prepping and storing smoothies right in your freezer. You’ll learn the ice cube tray method, the mason jar method and the freezer pack method. Get all of my tips and tricks here!
More pumpkin recipes to try
I hope you love this healthy pumpkin pie smoothie recipe! It makes the perfect breakfast or quick afternoon pick-me-up. If you make it be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy! xo.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Creamy, protein-packed pumpkin pie smoothie blended with pumpkin puree, banana, yogurt, nut butter and cozy spices for a delicious breakfast or snack! This healthy pumpkin smoothie recipe will be your new favorite to make for fall.
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon almond or pecan butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch each of nutmeg, ginger & allspice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serves 1.
Feel free to use pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
To make dairy free: use your favorite dairy free yogurt.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eat