Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

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

Pumpkin pie smoothie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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 pie smoothie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pumpkin pie smoothie with 12g protein per serving and without all the calories, refined sugar, and fat! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie - simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!

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 Smoothie - simply put, this protein packed smoothie is like drinkable pumpkin pie!

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.

Cheers!

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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

Description

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


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 (canned or fresh)
  • 1 cup ice

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 – 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.

Notes

  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.

Pumpkin Granola Bars

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

85 Comments

  1. Hi Sally! Congrats on getting married! I literally just googled “pumpkin pie smoothie” and the first result brought me to your blog. I just finished my first serving – OMG delicious – and I’m going to polish off the rest. Thank you for sharing, it is amazing. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your site – bookmarked for sure! Thanks, again and congrats!!

  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. 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!

  5. I just made this. It would have been better with the maple syrup but I didn’t have any. Even without my husband and I quickly made more for breakfast! 😀 Definitely going into the cookbook. 😀

  6. 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! 

  7. 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!

  8. I love that you added maple syrup for sweetness! I just did a pumpkin pie smoothie on my blog and didn’t add any sweetener aside from a banana (and vanilla extract and the protein powder has a little sweetness), but that’s good to keep in mind for the future! 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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 🙂

  11. 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 🙂

  12. Wow the cake was great. my kids and my husband my grandkids love it at first I was afraid I thought I couldn’t do it but I followed the recipe to the a to the T to every step and it came out great it was beautiful the only regret I have is that I didn’t take a picture thank you very much for your recipe

  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. Sally;
      Hi,I am going to make your pumpkin pie protein smoothie,I have all of the ingredients except the vanilla Greek yogurt,I will buy this yogurt soon and then I will make this smoothie in my blender.
     The only problem is my blender is a magic bullet which is enough for one person,so I will have to use half of the ingredients in my blender and then I can drink your smoothie with a straw.my mom will want to try your smoothie when she tastes my smoothie.
     Do you know the nutritional information in this smoothie?I am a type 11 diabetic with other health issues and I am still going to make your smoothie asap.
      Kim
    I love your website and I am going to make and bake your recipes soon as well.

  16. Dear sally;
      Hi,I haven’t made your pumpkin spice protein smoothie yet but I will make it in my magic bullet blender soon.I was wondering if I could use something else to sweeten this smoothie in place of the maple syrup or only use 1/2 a tsp of it in your smoothie recipe.
      Kim

  17. Sally;
      Hi,I have all of your ingredients to make your pumpkin pie protein smoothie but I don’t have the maple syrup.I can’t have maple syrup in smoothies because I am a diabetic and it will put up my blood sugar too much.
      Would it be OK to put a packet of stevia powder in your smoothie?I am going to make your smoothie tomorrow and another smoothie for my mom.
      I will let you know how much we love and enjoy drinking your smoothies tomorrow OK sally.
      Kim

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