Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Creamy, smooth and full of pumpkin spice flavor, this smoothie is perfect for a healthy autumn breakfast! Even though this recipe is made with wholesome ingredients, like pumpkin puree, greek yogurt and bananas, it still tastes deliciously like pumpkin pie!
It’s October and I am officially obsessed with pumpkin spice everything. Muffins, cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, cheesecake….the list could go on and on! In the midst of all the sugar, however, sometimes it’s nice to have a treat that is nourishing while still meeting all the requirements of the pumpkin season.
What I love about pumpkin is that it is relatively affordable and is so, so good for you! With a high amount of fiber and vitamin A, this festive fruit supports a healthy digestive system and can even give your immune system a boost. Adding pumpkin puree to a smoothie is a great way to add a large dose of nutrients to your morning. In addition to pumpkin, this smoothie also includes several other wholesome ingredients. Take a look at the ingredient list below!
Frozen Banana~ Bananas are perfect for naturally sweetening and thickening smoothies. Freezing the bananas yields a creamy, thick consistency that is reminiscent of ice cream. Make sure to use overripe bananas because they are much sweeter than underripe bananas that often taste raw and earthy.
100% Pure Pumpkin Puree~ Look for pure pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling would probably still work, but it contains a lot of added sugar, which is not really what we want to start our morning with.
Greek Yogurt~ Greek yogurt packs a serving of protein into this smoothie, while also giving the smoothie a thick, creamy texture. I used vanilla greek yogurt, but you could use plain yogurt too. If you use plain, you will need to add an extra tablespoon or two of maple syrup so that the smoothie is sweet enough.
Milk~ Milk helps all of the ingredients to blend smoothly together. I used skim dairy milk, but any dairy or non-dairy milk works.
Pumpkin Pie Spice~ This seasonal spice mix is essential for making this smoothie taste like pumpkin pie. I love making my own pumpkin pie spice, but you can also use store bought spice.
Almond Butter~ Almond butter adds a dose of protein and healthy fat while at the same time adding a nutty, rich background flavor. If you have a nut allergy, you can omit or use an allergy-friendly substitute instead.
Maple Syrup~ Maple syrup ties together the many flavors of fall in this smoothie. It also adds just the right amount of sweetness. If you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute honey or sugar instead.
This recipe couldn’t be any simpler: add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve with a dash of cinnamon on top if desired.
Enjoy for breakfast or as a filling, protein packed snack. And let the flavors of fall wash over you as you sip and welcome in the fall season. 🙂
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- 1 smoothie blender
- 2 large, overripe bananas frozen in chunks
- 2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2-4 tbsp maple syrup
- Add the frozen banana chunks, pumpkin puree, greek yogurt, milk, pumpkin pie spice, almond butter and maple syrup to a blender and blend until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses and serve immediately.