Pumpkin Smoothie is smooth and creamy, made with a handful of ingredients, and with a fall flavor that is hard to beat. If this is your first time making a smoothie, this is a nice easy recipe to start with and a great way to add to your pumpkin recipes. It is also a delicious way to get the health benefits from this awesome fruit in less than 30 minutes.
Not a big pumpkin flavor fan? Then this Chocolate Cherry Smoothie will make a great afternoon snack. If you do not really like chocolate (yes, some people don’t), try our Cherry Smoothie recipe instead. For a caffeine boost, how about this heavenly Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Latte?
This really should be called the pumpkin pie smoothie recipe because it tastes like you are drinking pie. No matter what you call it, this creamy smoothie is full of fall flavors as well as vitamins and nutrients.
Having one of these smoothies is the perfect way to get vitamins and nutrients like A, B1, B6, manganese, folate, and copper. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. And if you like new recipes, you will really love adding this one to your collection.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to our recipe card to get the precise instructions for this delicious smoothie. But these are the basic ingredients you will need:
- Whole milk: Almond milk is fine too. Do not use coconut milk because the taste is too strong.
- Vanilla yogurt: We used Greek yogurt because it is thicker and creamier.
- Ripe banana: Medium or large, frozen or cold.
- Pumpkin puree: Not pumpkin pie filling.
- Maple syrup: You could also use honey.
- Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract.
- Pumpkin pie spice: To taste.
How do you make pumpkin smoothie?
- Prepare: First, add all of the ingredients in a blender, starting out with just one teaspoon of spice.
- Blend: Then, starting out on low, blend the mixture and gradually increase the speed to high before going back to low to make it extra smooth.
- Taste: Finally, taste it to see if you need to add more spice mixture.
- Add orange: For a fruitier flavor, add some frozen orange juice.
- Healthier: Make it even healthier by adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, or ground flaxseeds.
- PBB&P: Add a tablespoon of peanut butter for peanut butter, banana, and pumpkin smoothie.
- Other nuts: Optionally, use sunflower or almond butter instead.
- Lactose-free: use soy milk for those who are lactose intolerant.
- Make it vegan: Try a vegan pumpkin smoothie using plant-based milk and almond yogurt.
- Get your protein: Add vanilla protein powder for a healthy protein shake.
How to serve:
This is best served fresh in a chilled glass right out of the freezer. Add a sprig of mint on top for a garnish. Or try something different.
- Sprinkle ground graham crackers on top so it is like a slice of pie in a glass.
- Add a sprinkle of cinnamon for a sweeter taste.
- This goes great with our yummy paleo pumpkin mug cake.
- Alternatively, use this as a chilled dip for fruit slices or cookies.
- Try this great recipe for cream puffs with your autumnal smoothie.
Frequently asked questions
Are there different kinds of pumpkins?
First of all, a pumpkin is a fruit, not a vegetable. Fruits contain seeds, vegetables do not. Also, they are actually a type of winter squash. There are different varieties. For example, Jack o’ lanterns are large for carving but not great for eating and those made for cooking are smaller and sweeter.
White ones are decorative but can also be eaten. Giant ones are mostly grown just for contests because they are not as flavorful as the others. And miniature ones are grown just for decoration but can be eaten too.
What fruit mixes well with pumpkin?
Some fruits just go together naturally like strawberries and bananas or lemons and limes. But pumpkin is unique and there are certain fruits that pair well with it and some that just don’t. Some of the best fruits to mix with it include oranges, apples, limes, lemons as well as cranberries, pears, peaches, blueberries, and raisins.
Can you make and freeze pumpkin puree?
Pumpkin season never seems to last long enough, and it can be impossible to find fresh ones during the winter and summer. So, why not make your own puree and freeze it? Then you can make holiday dishes all year long.
Making puree is easy. Just roast it, scoop out the pumpkin flesh, and puree it in a food processor. Then put it in a freezer bag and it will stay fresh in your freezer for up to five months.
How to store leftovers:
- Store: The leftover smoothie can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container or mason jar for two or three days.
- Freeze: In addition, go ahead and freeze any leftovers you cannot finish in a few days. Put it in freezer bags and lay it flat or store it in ice cube trays inside freezer bags. You can store it for up to 90 days.
- Thaw: No need to thaw. Just put it in a blender or food processor frozen.
- If you are using fresh instead of frozen bananas, be sure to add some ice cubes.
- To thin out your smoothie, add milk, juice, or water.
- You could also make it thicker by adding more ice cubes.
- If you have extra bananas, peel them and break them in half before putting them in freezer bags. They will stay good in the freezer for months.
Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
Pumpkin Smoothie is smooth and creamy, made with just a handful of ingredients, and with a lot of fall flavor that is hard to beat.
- 3 cups milk of your choice
- 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt or pumpkin pie yogurt
- 2 medium bananas frozen
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, starting off with 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
Start the blender out on low speed and gradually increase it to high until the mixture is smooth.
Taste and add more pumpkin pie spice, if needed.