Pumpkin Smoothie (tastes like Pumpkin Pie!)

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If you have extra pumpkin to use up, this Pumpkin Smoothie is my favorite way to enjoy it. It tastes like you’re drinking pumpkin pie, but it’s made with healthy ingredients, and takes just a few minutes to make.

pumpkin smoothie in glass with cinnamon sticks

Why Make a Smoothie?

This recipe came to me after making a recipe that didn’t call for the whole can of pumpkin. When you don’t want to store the leftover pumpkin puree for long, this smoothie recipe is an easy way to use it up!

Here are other ways to use leftover pumpkin puree:

Check out all of my pumpkin recipes for more ideas!

canned pumpkin in smoothie

Benefits of Pumpkin

Need more reason to eat pumpkin? This winter squash is packed with vitamins and minerals!

Here’s what I love about pumpkin:

What I also love about pumpkin, is that it tastes great in both sweet and savory recipes. If you haven’t tried my Vegan Pumpkin Pie yet, it’s a must this year!

blended pumpkin smoothie in blender with ice

How to Make It

To make this smoothie, you’ll just add everything, except for the ice, in a blender and blend until totally pureed.

You can taste the mixture to make sure it’s as sweet as you want it to be, then add the ice and blend again, to give it more of a slushy texture. This also dilutes the strong pumpkin pie flavor, so if you don’t plan on adding ice, you’ll probably need to add a little more liquid until the taste is perfect for you.

Prefer a green smoothie? You can definitely add a big handful of fresh baby spinach to this smoothie without affecting the flavor. It will just look green, rather than orange, in color.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie: Just Add Coffee!

Craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte, instead? You can turn this smoothie recipe into a frozen version!

Swap 1/2 cup of the almond milk in this recipe for a 1/2 cup of strongly brewed coffee. (Ideally, the coffee will be slightly cool when you add it.)

Make the rest of the recipe as directed, and you’ll have a slushy drink that tastes like it came from a fancy coffee house.

Sweetener Options

If you have a high-speed blender that can handle breaking down dates, that’s my favorite choice for this smoothie. They add a caramel-like sweetness that pairs perfectly with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.

medjool dates in white bowl

If you don’t have a powerful blender, you can try using frozen banana as the sweetener, along with a spoonful of maple syrup to help boost the sweet factor.

This will change the flavor of the smoothie slightly, so if you don’t care for the taste of banana, you can also use only maple syrup as the sweetener. (Or try honey, if you’re not vegan.) In this case, you might need a couple extra ice cubes to thicken it up.

How to Make it More Filling

When you include the hemp hearts, this Pumpkin Smoothie may be filling enough to be used as a meal replacement, depending on your activity level and appetite.

Hemp hearts contain all the essential amino acids your body needs to build protein, so it’s one of my favorite plant-based sources. You can also add a spoonful almond butter, or a handful of pecans, to this recipe without changing the flavor too much.

If you want to add protein powder to this smoothie, just be sure to check the ingredients on the label– if there’s an added sweetener (even if it’s stevia or monk fruit), you will need to adjust the ingredients so your smoothie doesn’t taste too sweet.

pumpkin smoothie in glass with cinnamon sticks
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Pumpkin Smoothie (tastes like Pumpkin Pie!)

This healthy Pumpkin Smoothie recipe takes just minutes to prepare, and tastes like you're drinking pumpkin pie with a straw!
Course Drinks
Cuisine vegan
Keyword pumpkin smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 471kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the pumpkin, spice, dates, hemp hearts (if using), and almond milk in the blender. Blend until completely smooth.
  • Add in the ice, and blend again until the smoothie has a slushy texture. Serve right away for the best taste and texture.
  • Leftover smoothie can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours, but the texture will be very runny.

Notes

  • If you would rather sweeten this smoothie with a banana instead of dates, I recommend using a frozen one. (Here's how to freeze bananas.) You'll also need to add maple syrup to taste, in that case, to boost the pie flavor.
  • Alternatively, you can use only maple syrup to sweeten this smoothie. My guess is that you'll need 1 to 2 tablespoons total. You can add extra ice to thicken the smoothie, as needed, in this case.

Nutrition

Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 836mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 13008IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 6mg
Nutrition information is for the whole batch, including hemp hearts. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.

If you try this Pumpkin Smoothie, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it. And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too!

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Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations

O WOW!!! I can’t wait to make this, maybe this afternoon!!!!

Cindy

I tried something similar to this thinking it would taste good with the pumpkin but it was so so. Can’t wait to try this at lunch – I have all the ingredients – yeah! I think the dates added to this will make the difference. Thanks Megan! Continue enjoying your little one! Hope things are going well.

Shawn

This looks great, but I’m allergic to avocados 🙁 Is there a substitute??

    Lisa

    I used 1/4 cup soaked raw cashews. Do creamy and delicious!

    kasie cavanagh

    I omitted the hemp hearts and it was awesome! I will try to add spinach next time I make this!

Abbi*tarian

This is clever! Thanks for sharing!

Alia Vo

Yum – ‘Nuff said!

Alexandra @ Made to Glow

This looks lovely. I just roasted and pureed a pumpkin last night and have spinach in the fridge. Perfect timing! Thanks for sharing!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

YUM!! Love the addition of the avocado!

Jenifer

Looks AWESOME! I may just have to roast up a pumpkin tonight to give this one a try! 🙂

Hali

I just bought canned pumpkin and I now know what I am going to make first!! THANKS!

Nicole

Hi, thanks for the delicious looking recipe. I have all the ingredients except for dates, so if I wanted to make this today could I substitute other dried fruit like plums or raisins? Thanks

Rebecca

I just made this and it was absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it past my ultra-picky kids though (even in opaque cups with lids and straws). I will definitely make this again for myself though:-).

Teresa

Hi – do you know of any substitute sweeteners I can use for the Medjool dates? Sadly, I have none on hand. Thx!

    kasie cavanagh

    Maple syrup is good, however coconut sugar is better! Start with a tablespoon, then adjust for your taste buds.

Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

Oh my sweet gracious this looks amazing!! I have been putting pumpkin puree in my smoothie lately too, but this recipe takes it to the next level!!! I can’t wait to try it!!

Carrie

I just made this and it is super yummy! It really does resemble liquid pumpkin pie. I only had baby kale mix on hand so I did taste a tiny bit I the chard but can’t wait to try it again with just spinach.

Thanks M!!

Tara Bertone

I just made this and LOVE it. I love pumpkin pie! However, my significant other is a pecan pie man. Do you have a recipe for a smoothie as good as this that tastes like pecan pie?

Theresa

Yummy even without dates! I made it with stevia and a little protein powder. Very good!

Gena

I’ve been making a smoothie like this all autumn long! SO good.

Teresa

Glad to hear this is tasty even without the dates. I’m going to try it with stevia. Thx Theresa!

Janet

Finally tried this today…it’s delicious! I didn’t have avocado, but it was still great. Thanks.

Jennifer

Had no almond milk on hand, so threw in a couple handfuls of raw cashews with the water. Did the trick for the missing creaminess. Also, had no spinach, so picked fresh dandelion greens, chard & celery leaves from our garden. Yum! Even my three year old likes it!

Sabrina

I always have avocado…but, today I didn’t so, I made this with half a frozen banana instead and I didnt have spinach so I threw in kale. I had deglet dates instead… so basically this recipe inspired me to put greens and pumpkin in a smoothie together with some spices. 😉 It was tasty. My 20 month old fussed and cried when his straw cup ran out of smoothie. For that reason alone I’d make another…cuz he downed kale and other goodies. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration…and I just discovered your blog and I’m all over it right now! Great job!!

Jane

Just drank one. Didn’t have an avocado, still very smooth and yummy. Thanks!

Living Outside of the Box

Yum! I didn’t have any avocado…but it was good, regardless!

Cassie

This looks so similar to the one I make, except I use a banana. I STILL haven’t used an avocado in my smoothies… I need to ASAP.

Jeanie S. Alston

Migraines are tricky in that there are different triggers for each person. First, be sure that there are not particular foods you are eating that spark the pain (dairy, wheat, citrus, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, chocolate, tannins in red wine, cheese, and nightshade veggies are a few examples of common culprits). Some nutrients, such as magnesium, calcium, and fiber can be used to relieve migraine symptoms by restoring the natural balance of brain chemistry. Some good ingredients to throw in your NutriBlast include beets, leafy greens, ginger, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds/flaxmeal, and some blackberries and/or blueberries. Top it with some calcium-rich almond milk to the MAX LINE and blast for migraine relief! Be sure to clear any alternative treatments with your doctor before beginning.

christie

Loved this! I’ve been stalking your site for a while and everything you suggests is great. I am doing dairy,grain,soy,sugar free so many recipes work for me. I altered this by using vanilla stevia instead of vanilla and dates. I didn’t have spinach so i used my green powder. I miss my starbucks pumpkin lattes so this is a treat.

Natalia

Yummy and healthy. I use chia seeds instead of the avacado and honey/agave instead of the dates. Delish!

Jennifer M.

I just made this smoothie, and it tastes SOOOO good! I love the addition of avocado– I would have never thought of that! I couldn’t taste it, and it made this shake a filling breakfast for me before work.

V. McHugh

I don’t usually like to combine my fruits and veggies but this looks very good to me. I might even add some Fage greek yogurt to tighten it up and make a dessert of this.

Jennifer

Really yummy!! I had to make it with kale as that was all I had on hand. So good! I think this is going to become my new go-to smoothie for Fall.

Ritu Anand

I love this recipe. It is absolutely delicious! I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your delicious, healthy recipes with us! I modified this by adding slightly more spice than the original recipe calls for 🙂

Erin L

Delicious. A family favourite when you’re craving some liquid pumpkin pie!

kira

Wonderful! Thank you for this great recipe!

Marcella

This looks delicious! Do the dates mean it’s not “properly combined”? Thank you!

Eva

Could you make a minty Christmas smoothie
1 large fugi apple
2 handfuls of spinach
5 – 8 dates
homemade hemp milk
1/4 advocadoe
pepermint oil

Andrea

I just made this with added spinach and almond butter and my 2 year old, who usually NEVER drinks smoothies and who doesn’t like cinnamon, absolutely LOVED it! Thanks for another amazing recipe!

Jamie

I am not seeing where avocado comes into play that everyone puts in the comments. What am I missing??!

    Megan Gilmore

    I used to put avocado in this recipe, but switched it to hemp hearts because it turns out more creamy.

christine

Wow! This smoothie really does taste like pumpkin pie. I had to use almond butter because I was out of hemp seeds, and it still turned nice and creamy. Thank you for such a wonderful fall treat!

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