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You only need 6 simple ingredients for this protein-packed pumpkin pie smoothie recipe. An easy way to get your pumpkin pie fix any time of year!
One of my very favorite things about the fall and pumpkin season is Thanksgiving. I love love love it.
Now, I do have a soft spot for this particular holiday as Matt and I started dating on the actual holiday in 2007 (November 22nd!), but I just really love the holiday because it’s one single day.
It’s a happy day (well, unless you’re one of the 6 Friends). It’s a day for being thankful. And it doesn’t involve getting or giving any presents.
What I don’t love, of course, is having access to a ton of leftover pumpkin pie, because I WILL eat it all.
It’s not totally practical to keep a pumpkin pie around all the time, but what I can (and do!) totally keep on hand is all of the ingredients to make a smoothie that tastes like a pumpkin pie without actually being a pumpkin pie.
This means I can eat more than one “slice of pumpkin pie” in a day, because there’s yogurt involved… Right?
I’m getting ahead of myself.
Have you tried my healthy apple pie smoothie? That was my first “pie turned smoothie,” and it was such a hit that I turned my favorite pumpkin pie recipe into a healthy pumpkin smoothie recipe, too.
HOW TO MAKE A PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
This pumpkin smoothie recipe is really simple, and you likely have all the ingredients on hand already. The one you might not, though, is a frozen banana. But you probably at least have a non-frozen banana, so go ahead and peel one and toss it in the freezer so you can make this pumpkin pie shake later!
Alongside your banana, you’ll need some pumpkin purée and some yogurt. I have used both plain Greek yogurt, vanilla Greek yogurt, and plain or vanilla regular yogurt. Choose the yogurt you like best, but I typically like to choose Greek style because of the higher protein content.
You’ll add a little more dairy in the form of milk, then sweeten with pure maple syrup and flavor with some pumpkin pie spice.
If you’re using sweetened vanilla yogurt, go a little easy on the maple syrup for sweetness. Be sure to check the notes in the recipe for guidance on this.
All of these ingredients go into a blender for a quick blend, and then you’ve got yourself one large or two small pumpkin smoothies!
TURN THIS PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE VEGAN
Since the only animal products in this spiced pumpkin smoothie are yogurt and milk, you can easily swap these ingredients out for your favorite non-dairy yogurt and non-dairy milk.
I would just advise you to stay away from coconut milk/yogurt simply because the coconut flavor will likely clash with the pumpkin.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE
If you don’t drink your pumpkin pie smoothie all at one time or you want to save your second portion for later, cover tightly and stick in the fridge for up to 1 day. You may want to stir it up before drinking, just in case some ingredients settled, but it will be just as tasty!
Now I’m not going to lie to you and say that “this was so good I completely didn’t realize I wasn’t eating pie!” No. That’s not true. Well, part of it is– it’s definitely very tasty!
But it really does get the job done when you’re craving some pumpkin pie but would rather not go through that labor of love or turn on your oven. Or, you know, can’t be trusted with all those pie leftovers (*raises hand*).
If pumpkin pie is your jam but you’re not ready to go there yet, or you’re simply looking for a way to use up that leftover pumpkin from whatever tasty pumpkin recipe you whipped up last night, this recipe for pumpkin smoothie is the perfect way to do that.
One big smoothie all to yourself, or two small smoothies to share with a friend. Or you know, both for you. Whatever. I won’t judge or tell!
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana cut into slices
- ⅔ cup (158g) pumpkin purée
- ½ cup (123g) yogurt1
- ⅓ cup (80mL) milk2
- 2 Tablespoons (30mL) pure maple syrup3
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until thick, creamy, and smooth (approximately 3 minutes). Scrape down sides of blender as needed.
- Taste smoothie and add more sweetener, if necessary. If the smoothie is too thick for you, add some more milk. Smoothie is best served immediately, but will stay good in the refrigerator, covered, for one day.
- Yogurt: use any yogurt you like. Vanilla or plain Greek yogurt, vanilla or plain regular yogurt, a non-fat or low fat. If you want to be sure you don’t taste the banana, use a vanilla flavored yogurt.
- Milk: use any milk you like– cow’s (any fat content), almond, soy, oat, etc.
- Maple syrup: you can use this to taste if you want it more or less sweet.