A creamy and delicious Autumn beverage that you will FALL in love with.
Do you wait for pumpkin flavored foods all year long? So many of us do! The classic pumpkin spice latte is beloved by all, and for good reason! It’s full of warm and comforting flavors that are perfect for the season. But not all of us are coffee drinkers. And some of us live in the south where the warm, summer weather lingers well into winter time. With this in mind, we created a beverage that everyone can enjoy! Our scrumptious pumpkin spice smoothie is rich, creamy, and so easy to make!
All the Flavors of the Season
This pumpkin spice smoothie offers a dream worthy combination of autumnal flavors. From the pumpkin to the vanilla, and the rich spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, this breakfast beverage has everything you could ever want!
The fresh pumpkin puree teams up with frozen banana and almond milk to create the creamy base for this smoothie. And don’t worry, you won’t really taste the banana; the flavor will be masked by the spices. It’s used in this recipe purely for its creamy texture! Next, maple syrup is added for a bit of sweetness to balance out the warm spiciness of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. And finally, the vanilla works to enhance and pull all of the flavors together into a truly delectable treat!
A Super Easy Autumn Breakfast
Breakfast doesn’t get any easier than this! This recipe will take you less than 5 minutes to make! All you need to do is whip out your blender and puree all of the ingredients until you reach a smooth, creamy texture. Depending on how cold you want it, you can add more (or less) ice cubes. Just keep in mind that this will alter the amount you will get per serving.
While we enjoy drinking this pumpkin spice smoothie for breakfast, we make it as an afternoon treat or after dinner dessert on occasion, as well. It’s a great way to celebrate the season, morning, noon, and night!
Try Our Nutrient-Dense Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
But like we said, our favorite time to throw this smoothie together is in the AM. It’s great for busy mornings for two main reasons. One, it’s super easy to take with you and drink on the go! Enjoy it on your way to work or during your walk to school. And two, it’s a breakfast that will give you energy for hours. Hectic days require lots of fuel!
Here’s a pro tip: Sometimes we like to add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the blender to give us an added boost of nutrients!
Whether you decide to add extra protein or not, this smoothie is bursting with nutrients! Plus, it qualifies as a low calorie meal or treat, coming in at just over 130 calories per serving. Let’s break down a few of the specific ingredients!
This ingredient is rich in vitamin K which contributes to healthy bones and wound healing.
This fruit is a great source of Vitamin B6 and C, both of which play a role in building a healthy immune system. Bananas are also rich in Potassium and Magnesium which contribute to heart health. They’re a good source of fiber, too, which is a nutrient that promotes digestion and weight loss.
This yummy, dairy-alternative is rich in Vitamin E which maintains eye and organ health, and may even help protect against diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
The antioxidant-rich spices in this pumpkin spice smoothie all offer many different benefits to the body. Nutmeg can soothe pain and indigestion, as well as boost brain and immune function. Cinnamon has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties and promotes heart health. The antioxidant properties found in Allspice may be able to reduce inflammation and pain, combat nausea, and even slow cancer growth.
You’re looking at a recipe that not only tastes like autumn in a glass, but one that is easy to prepare and good for you too! Are you going to try our pumpkin spice smoothie? If you do, be sure to let us know what you thought of it in the comment section, below! Enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree fresh or canned
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 cup almond milk optional soy, lite coconut, or skim milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup more or less to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 cup ice
- Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on October 17, 2013.
can i use the canned pumpkin for this?
The calorie count seems really hight on this. I added up all the ingredients and they don't even come to 281 and it says this is for 2 servings! 1 banana = 100, 1/2 cup pumpkin = 50 ish, and a whole cup odd almond milk is only 40-60 depending on the type….so where do all the calories come from? Is a tablespoon of maples syrup that caloric?
Amy, 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup has about 52 calories.
I subbed light 'very vanilla' yoplait that I had put in the freezer for the syrup. Yummy!
I agree that the calories are way too high. One serving is more like 100 calories or so. RECIPE:
One banana: 100 calories
One tablespoon maple syrup: 52
One cup almond milk: 30 (atleast the one I use says so)
Half cup canned pumpkin: 40 calories
ONE SERVING: 112 CALORIES 🙂
Thanks for noticing. This has been corrected.
I added a handful of chopped pecans and walnuts, used half greek yogurt/half 2% milk (cuz it's what I had!) and increased the spices a tad….PERFECT texture, and SO YUMMY!
Hi, this was amazing. My only regret was I have no more pumpkin to make this again tomorrow! I added almost a whole tray of ice cubes and blended to make it more ice-cream in texture. Whoa. Unlike ice cream though I feel good afterward. Thanks a mill.
Hi, I added fresh greens and it still tastes great. Now that the calories have been clarified, I'm hoping someone can help me with the protein count. How do you get 5 grams? A full cup of pumpkin is only 1.2g and a cup of almond milk is 1g. Am I missing something?
Denise, This has been changed. I think the nutrition calculator was calculating the almond milk as almonds. Thanks!
That makes sense. Thanks for responding. I add tofu or protein powder but tofu is better in not changing the taste or consistency. I really can't justify smoothies without protein so always add…
My cooked pumpkin had gone bad:(…so I improvised, lol….added same amount of cooked sweet potato instead….delicious!!!
This was great! I used honey instead of maple syrup (didn't have anymore LOL) and added extra ice. Also some plain kefir for extra probiotics. I froze the rest of my canned pumpkin so it would be a little thicker and icier next time 🙂
This is AMAZING!! I am an avid lover of anything pumpkin and I am in love with smoothies, I practically live on them…. Lol. When I saw this I had to try it, and let em tell you, Im drinking it right now and its oh my. Not enough good things to say about it…
I may have added about a teaspoon of caramel sauce in the cup… 🙂
Serena, I agree with you, this is a keeper. I plan to make this over the weekend. Thanks so much for the feedback. 🙂
I followed it with one addition, a scoop of vanilla whey protein. Delicious!!
Do you cook the pumpkin puree?
Danielle, The pumpkin puree does not have to be cooked as it is already cooked. 🙂
Wow. WOW!!! Absolutely delicious!!!
Can you taste the banana? That would ruin it for me.
Lori, For me, the taste is more pumpkin like.
I would want some more protein in mine, how would some oats or chia seeds work with this?
As this is a smoothie, oats or chia seeds would not be best.
I add both oats and chia seeds to smoothies all the time. Sometimes together sometime or the other. They are excellent nutritionally and they help you feel more full for a longer time.
Great idea, Missie! Thanks for sharing!
Hi Can you freeze and have it the next morning?
Hi Deb, this smoothie is best served right away!