Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!

pumpkin protein smoothie in glass cups with straws

I recently swapped my standard glowing skin secret weapon for a creamy pumpkin spice protein smoothie. Velvety smooth cinnamon spiced goodness to make your muscles strong. And, if you’re anything like me, you can enjoy it in a wine glass to feel extra fancy.


(At home in your sweatpants browsing Pinterest for more pumpkin recipes and later, searching for workouts to counteract all that pumpkin baking. This is autumn life.)

pumpkin protein smoothie in glass cups with straws

pumpkin protein smoothie in glass cups with straws

This smoothie tastes like you wrapped fall and Thanksgiving up in the palm of your hands and dropped it all into a blender. Or, better yet, as if you blended up a fat slice of grandma’s pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin pie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat. But, uhhh, there’s always room for that on the Thanksgiving table – stay tuned.

I combine a few favorites from fall’s bounty of flavors to make this pumpkin pie smoothie. But before those go into the blender, make sure you have a frozen banana on hand. This will be the base of the smoothie recipe. There isn’t much frozen banana (not nearly as much as my other smoothie recipes for this 2 serving recipe), just the tiniest bit to give the pumpkin smoothie its unparalleled creamy base. Underneath all the pumpkin, maple, spice, and cinnamon flavors – you absolutely cannot taste the banana.

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After the frozen banana chunks, throw in some vanilla Greek yogurt. Creamy, sweet, delicious protein. Feel free to use regular (non Greek) vanilla yogurt instead – keeping in mind the protein count will be lower. I prefer Greek yogurt not only for its protein count, but for its incredibly thick texture.

In addition to the Greek yogurt, the skim milk adds a little protein. If you use nondairy milk, be sure to adjust the protein count accordingly. If you’re even concerned with protein at this point. When drinkable pumpkin pie is in a glass, who even cares about the protein!!

The ice? Well that makes the smoothie thicker. And you can add a couple more ice cubes than I did to make the smoothie even thicker if you wish!

Flavoring this orange beauty is pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and pure maple syrup. A powerhouse line-up if you ask me. For best taste, use pure maple syrup, not “breakfast syrup.”

pumpkin pie protein smoothies in a glass with straws

To turn this pumpkin pie protein smoothie into a satisfying pumpkin-packed breakfast, round it out with some crunchy pumpkin spice granola. You can even layer the granola into the smoothie like I did with my favorite summer smoothie recipe.


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Pumpkin Pie Protein 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


Simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!


  • 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 (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup ice


  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 – this may take longer if your blender isn’t very strong. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed.
  3. Add more milk to thin out if it is too thick. Add a couple more ice cubes for a thicker texture, if desired. Add more spices to taste, if desired.


  1. Yogurt: Feel free to use regular (non Greek) vanilla or plain yogurt instead – keeping in mind the protein count will be lower. I prefer vanilla Greek yogurt not only for its protein count, but for its incredibly thick texture and vanilla taste.
  2. Spices: Instead of pumpkin pie spice, try adding nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and/or more cinnamon to taste.
  3. Milk: Any milk is just fine here. However, be sure to adjust the protein count accordingly!

Keywords: pumpkin pie smoothie

Try this healthy pumpkin recipe I love: the Pumpkin Granola Bars in my cookbook.

granola bars on a white plate


Comments are closed.

  1. What are the nutrional values for this smoothie?

  2. Gina-Marie Cheeseman says:

    This sounds so good. I think I will try and adapt it to make pumpkin pie rolled oats. At the moment I am obsessed with rolled oats.

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

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

  6. 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.
    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!

    2. Carolan Weibel says:

      I would use stevia. Buy packets and don’t use more than one. With the banana and spice, you won’t notice it’s a plant based sugar free sweetener. A lot of protein powders are sweetened with stevia.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. Denise M Schwartz says:

    Delicious! Smooth creamy! Good flavor!

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