Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Readers have called this “drinkable pumpkin pie!” This pumpkin smoothie comes together quickly and combines some favorite fall flavors like pumpkin, maple, cinnamon, and other pumpkin pie spices.

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Tell Me About this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • Texture: This is an undoubtedly creamy smoothie with an extra thick and satisfying consistency thanks to the Greek yogurt.
  • Flavor:  This pumpkin smoothie tastes like you wrapped fall and Thanksgiving up in the palm of your hands and dropped it all into a blender. Drinkable pumpkin pie, if you will. You have pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and pure maple syrup plus a hint of vanilla if you use vanilla yogurt.
  • Ease: Smoothies are notoriously simple because it’s usually just a matter of placing ingredients into a blender and blending until smooth. 

Best Blender to Use

To process the ingredients into a smooth consistency, you need something high-powered. This blender is a favorite option for smoothies. And if you have a Ninja Chopper, which also works as a blender, that works too.

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Choosing the Right Ingredients

For this pumpkin smoothie, you will combine a few favorites from fall’s bounty of flavors. But before those go into the blender, make sure you have a frozen banana on hand because it will be the base of the smoothie recipe. 

  1. Banana: There isn’t much frozen banana, just the tiniest bit to give the pumpkin smoothie its unparalleled creamy base. Underneath all the pumpkin, maple, spice, and cinnamon – you absolutely cannot taste the banana flavor.
  2. Real maple syrup. For best taste, use pure maple syrup, not breakfast syrup.
  3. Yogurt. We usually use vanilla Greek yogurt in this recipe. Feel free to use regular (non-Greek) vanilla or plain Greek yogurt instead.
  4. Spices. Instead of prepared pumpkin pie spice, try adding nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and/or more cinnamon to taste.
  5. Milk. We usually use skim milk. Coconut milk, almond milk, or other non dairy milks or cow’s milk are fine replacements.

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To turn this pumpkin smoothie into a satisfying pumpkin-packed breakfast, top it with pumpkin spice granola.


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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies or 1 large smoothie
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Readers have called this “drinkable pumpkin pie!” This pumpkin smoothie comes together quickly and combines some favorite fall flavors like pumpkin, maple, cinnamon, and other pumpkin pie spices.


Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup (120g) vanilla Greek yogurt*
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) skim milk*
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) pure maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup (150g) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Add more milk to thin out if it’s too thick or add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture if desired. Taste, then add more spices if desired.

Notes

  1. Yogurt: We usually use vanilla Greek yogurt in this recipe. Feel free to use regular (non-Greek) vanilla or plain Greek yogurt instead.
  2. Spices: Instead of prepared pumpkin pie spice, try adding a pinch of ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger, and/or more cinnamon to taste.
  3. Milk: We usually use skim milk. Coconut milk, almond milk, or other non dairy milks or cow’s milk are fine replacements.

Keywords: pumpkin pie smoothie

39 Comments

  1. I know you won’t be able to answer this right away but can honey be substituted for the maple syrup or will it throw off the flavor?

    1. No that would actually be just fine Kristen – assuming you like the taste of honey. You won’t have a maple flavor (obviously) but there is enough pumpkin and spice flavor.

  2. I want to try this out, but I am allergic to bananas and I was wondering what else I could use, or if it would be okay to just leave that part out?

    1. Hi Allison, you could add a little more yogurt. I’ve even tried using 2 ounces of silken tofu – that makes a wonderfully creamy smoothie as well.

  3. I don’t usually comment on recipes, but… I’ve been making smoothies every morning in attempt to cut down calories. This was a GREAT recipe! I used fat free plain greek yogurt, because that’s what was in my fridge, and added about 1/4 tsp of gf vanilla extract. My pumpkin puree was actual fresh pumpkin (frozen in cubes), and I used the recommended cup of ice. I had enough to split the recipe in half, so it came out to less than 200 calories per serving! Perfect wake me up in the morning. 🙂

  4. Tried this – it’s great! definitely will be saving this one!

  5. I just made this after my dinner! I used Fage vanilla greek yogurt and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I skipped the ice simply because I couldn’t fit any more ingredients into my blender haha. Nevertheless, it turned out great! Nice and smooth and thick. It was almost more like a pudding, so I am eating it with a spoon. Very delicious.

    I love pumpkin this time of year and wanted something I didn’t have to bake, so this was perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. YUM YUM YUM!!!!
    I just made this as an after dinner treat. YUM!

  7. I just made this and it is delicious!  I also love the glowing skin smoothie and detox smoothie!

  8. SO happy I found this recipe! I’m not a fan of protein powder and I’ve been looking for something for after the gym/something to fuel my fall cravings- and this does both! This smoothie is fall in a cup and I’m obsessed. When I drink it I can pretend the season is already here (even though it was 80 degrees today, get it together September!) so thank you for this great recipe, one is prepared and in my fridge ready for breakfast tomorrow! 

  9. I have made numerous items on this website all with great results but this has to be the first item that has be a bit off.

    I doubled all the ingredients to make enough for my family but the whole thing tasted like bananas (not that this stopped anyone from drinking the whole thing down). I even went overboard on the pumpkin (450g instead of 300g for a double batch) and pumpkin spice after tasting the first time to cover up the banana but it didn’t work. 

    Perhaps my mistake was not using a frozen banana (I ran out making smoothies yesterday!) so I just used unfrozen banana and extra ice. Your pictures definitely look more orange than mine. Can anyone confirm that the banana MUST be frozen for this to taste right? Bananas are hard to keep in stock in my house!

    1. Must be frozen– when the banana is frozen and blended up, it takes on more of a vanilla flavor.

  10. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! If your a pumpkin fan of any sort, this is the perfect smoothie. The best part is it kept me full till lunch time! I did make some changes, I added a half a scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1/4 cup of oats, and instead of maple syrup I used agave nectar.

  11. I’ve just made this and it’s so delicious! I used a ripe banana (not frozen), and steamed some fresh pumpkin and left out the ice, and it’s a winner! I found your recipe after asking my 4 year old which vegetables she likes, and she said pumpkin, and I asked her how she liked to eat it, and she said smoothie, and Google showed me your recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Wow!!! I made this pumpkin pie smoothie this morning and it was the most delicious smoothie I have ever had and I’m quite picky! So glad I found it! Completely taste like pumpkin pie without the guilt!! I will be making this smoothie often 🙂

  13. Instead of using ice for this recipe, I partially freeze my ingredients, then as little ice as possible, or use some frozen plain or vanilla almond milk. This will help make it creamy. I find that ice will only dilute the smoothie to a watered down recipe which is not as appetizing compared to solid, no water added, ingredients.

  14. I can’t believe I’m so late to this pumpkin smoothie party but I had to comment. I’m ADDICTED to this stuff! I am the smoothie queen but this one makes every other recipe pale in comparison. It is frosty, pumpkinny, spicy goodness that fills me up and holds me until lunchtime and is wonderful after a run or a tough workout. The amount of spice is perfect and the maple syrup sweetens it without being over the top. I bought extra cans of pumpkin just to keep on hand so I can make this any time I want. Thank you, Sally, now I’m going to try your other recipes! So glad I found your blog!

  15. I just made this with cold brew coffee instead of milk, and used a pumpkin spice yogurt. I also froze the pumpkin and left out the ice. So delicious! Like a creamy PSL frap without loads of sugar. Love it.

  16. I made it and this is heaven. I used kabocha as a pie(steamed to keep its nutrional values) and substituted maple syrup with honey. It is absolutely delicious. Thank you for this recipe!

  17. Sally;
    Hi,I would like to make this pumpkin protein smoothie but I will have to find a way to fit into my 1 person magic bullet blender and I will have to use half a frozen banana,lactose free milk and lactose free low sugar vanilla yogurt and being a type 2 diabetic,I have to use stevia or agava syrup in the smoothie.What would you suggest that I do to make your recipe fit into my blander?Can your recipe be used to make pumpkin smoothies?
    Kim

    1. Hi Kim! You can simply halve this recipe for a single serving smoothie 🙂

  18. Sally;
    Hi,Mom and I made your pumpkin pie smoothie last night and it was really good but I forgot to take out the frozen banana,it still tasted good.I added Protein powder and chia seeds to my smoothie which made it really thick and I enjoyed drinking the smoothie which brought down my blood sugar this morning and I have type 2 diabetes.Can I put this pumpkin pie smoothie recipe into popsicles in the freezer?I will check out what other smoothie recipes and other interesting recipes you have on your website to see what I can make at home.
    Kim
    I can’t put sugar or maple syrup in some of your recipes that call for sugar or maple syrup in your recipes due to my diabetes.What else can I use in place of sugar,honey or maple syrup?

    1. Hi Kim! You can definitely put this smoothie mixture into popsicle molds and freeze them. They’d be wonderful pumpkin popsicles!

  19. Sally;
    Hi,I am going to make your pumpkin pie smoothie soon but I was wondering if I can use lactose free milk,almond breeze,agave along with the other ingredients in your pumpkin pie smoothie recipe.I am going to make it in my blender and put in my 8 popsicle molds and freeze them overnight.
    Kim

  20. Thanks, this recipe is a keeper! I subbed pumpkin spice latte creamer for 1 of the 2 tbsp of maple syrup without any issues. I may try replacing the yogurt (Greek in my case) with vanilla protein powder next time around.

  21. I’ve made this smoothie many times over the last couple of years, but this time I replaced the yogurt with an equivalent amount of cottage cheese. I’ve been doing this recently in any smoothie that calls for Greek yogurt. I like the taste better and it’s so creamy. The protein content isn’t hurt by this swap at all, and may even add a gram or two. I also skipped the maple syrup to make it less dessert-like for an afternoon snack and it was still delicious.

  22. It was very yummy, but I felt like it was more banana then PSL tasting. Not sure if that’s because I forgot to freeze the banana and was too impatient so I used a fresh one or because I was using almost year old frozen pumpkin puree I made. Either way it was yummy, but would be good to try again to see if I can get it more PSL flavored.

    1. Hi Liz, if you try again try using a frozen banana and fresh pumpkin! You can always increase the spices to your liking also.

  23. This recipe is amazing. Taste like a decadent dessert but healthier! I add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to increase the protein but even without the extra vanilla flavor, this smoothie is a home run.

  24. This was so delicious!! I crave pumpkin pie often so this helps curb the entire pie. 😉 except I may have overlooked the maple syrup measurement and just poured it in lol

    1. Extra maple syrup is ALWAYS a good idea!

  25. I thought about tossing in some oats while blending?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      We haven’t tested the recipe with oats, but it sounds delicious! If you try it, let us know how it goes.

  26. Definitely a repeat smoothie for us! My son has a dairy allergy, so I swapped to soy milk and soy yogurt. It still came together well and tasted yummy.

  27. Just made this for my 11 and 13 year old and they loved it! I only had plain greek yogurt so I added vanilla and a little extra maple syrup! What a fun, healthy fall smoothie!

  28. Denise M Schwartz says:

    Delicious! Smooth creamy! Good flavor!

  29. I think Step 1 should have “for best results” added to it because it’s totally not mandatory! I had no complaints about the texture when made using my simple immersion blender. Tasted great!

  30. Bryson Smith says:

    I have bagged frozen banana slices instead of individual frozen bananas. How many grams of the slices should I use for this recipe? I was thinking 100-120 but not sure

    1. I also used bagged frozen banana slices and actually just arranged the frozen slices in a rough banana shape to estimate the size of an average banana! It’s a smoothie, not a baked pie, so exact amounts don’t matter so much!

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