Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

By Sally Cameron on September 05, 2017

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This pumpkin pie smoothie tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. Rich and smooth with coconut milk, creamy from a little banana, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, a touch of vanilla and of course, pumpkin. Puree it all in a blender and you have a nutritious smoothie for a healthy fall breakfast. Dessert for breakfast? Why not.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

It might be meltingly hot in Southern California, but my brain is in fall mode. Tired of the heat, I am ready for cooler weather, sweaters, a flickering fireplace, fall foods and ingredients. Fall mode means pumpkin and comfort food again. Anyone else mentally in fall mode? Please tell me I am not the only one. Drinking one of these pumpkin pie smoothies helps.

Nutritious Pumpkin

If you say “pumpkin” most people say “pie”. Pie (and jack o’lanterns) aside, you might not realize how nutritious pumpkin is. The power behind pumpkin’s bright orange flesh is beta-carotene. Beta-carotene, a provitamin that converts to vitamin A in our bodies, provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s good for our eyes, bones, teeth, immune systems, and may help prevent cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Sign me up.

Pumpkin also provides vitamins C, B1, B3, B5, B6, K and the minerals potassium (more than a banana), magnesium, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorous. And don’t forget fiber. Just 1/2 cup of pumpkin provides 4 grams of fiber, something we all need to get more of. I’ve even fed pumpkin puree to my dog to settle his tummy and digestive system (at the advice of my vet). Tate loves pumpkin. So enough about pumpkin.

Spice is Very Nice

One of the oldest known spices, cinnamon was once more prized than gold. Cinnamon has been linked to potential health benefits including controlling blood sugar, helping with nausea, colds, and is thought to increase energy, vitality, and circulation. Cinnamon is said to have been once used in love potions and as perfume, so love on yourself and your family by enjoying cinnamon for more than its warm and lovely taste.

Try this pumpkin pie smoothie and ease into fall, no matter the weather. And up the spices for your personal taste like more cinnamon, nutmeg, clove or vanilla. Maybe a little allspice?

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 How Sweet It Is, or Isn’t

While this has a teaspoon of real maple syrup in it to flavor and sweeten, another sugar-free options for sweetening is liquid stevia drops in Pumpkin Spice, made by Sweet Leaf. You can order them here on Amazon.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Rich and smooth with coconut milk, creamy from a little banana, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, a touch of vanilla and of course, pumpkin. This pumpkin pie smoothie tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. Puree it all in a blender and you have a nutritious smoothie for a healthy fall breakfast. Dessert for breakfast? Why not.
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk 6 ounces
  • 1/2 cup water 4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 teaspoon real maple syrup SEE NOTE BELOW
  • 3/4 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground clove
  • 1-2 scoops protein powder of choice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth and creamy.

Recipe Notes

You can up the spices and vanilla in this smoothie for your personal taste. For vanilla, alcohol-free vanilla works best in smoothies. If you buy coconut milk stabilized with guar gum, it will be thicker and creamier than a brand without guar gum. Guar gum is only an issue for people with digestive issues. If you are sensitive to gums, choose a brand without guar gum, such as Native Forest Simple. For help on how to buy protein powder, read this post how to buy a protein powder.

A sugar-free option for sweetening is Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops in pumpkin spice. 

 

6 Comments

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Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon | September 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Okay, this sounds delish, but I need a few more cool days first. Just went to the market, it is full of fall veg. Love them, but I am not ready yet.

Thalia @ butter and brioche | September 21, 2014 at 12:01 am

This pumpkin pie smoothie looks and sounds so incredibly delicious.. great recipe and perfect for the fall!

Ordinary Blogger (Rivki Locker) | September 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Liquid pumpkin pie? COUNT ME IN!! This looks and sounds wonderful.

Maresa | the lovely | September 21, 2014 at 6:10 pm

We’ve got a few rainy days coming up this week – might be a perfect time to make this! I love love love getting into the Fall spirit!

Tina K. | July 12, 2015 at 2:00 am

I would love to see how many calories these smoothies contain. I need to watch my calorie intake and I’m looking for smoothies that have lime in them, but no greens. I have made frozen orange juice, frozen apple juice. I have also frozen fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, mixed fruit, and I also have frozen orange and lime zest. I would really like to know what kind of diet smoothie or smoothies that will help me lose weight, I can make, using these ingredients.
By the way, I’m going to try this pumpkin pie smoothie. Sounds so good.

    Sally Cameron | July 12, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Tina. I’ve never measured the calories. I don’t usually go by calories because I believe that if you are eating the right foods, don’t eat fast food, junk, food, processed foods, eat lots of vegetables, quality proteins and healthy fats, you don’t need to count calories. Sometimes it is good for reference or tracking though, I do understand that. You can add lime to any smoothie you want to, and always modify for your specific dietary needs, like eliminating the greens. One thought for you…I would not recommend using any juices as a base for your smoothies. Juices are pure sugar. I would suggest almond milk, unless you are nut-allergic. A few frozen berries is fine, say 1/2 – 3/4 of a cup, depending on your goals. If you are going lower carb, stay with the 1/2 cup. And since berries are frankly hard to measure, I suggest weighing them to get an idea of the true quantity. Use a digital kitchen scale. Berries will be lower in sugar, if that is a concern. Hope that helps.

    One way to measure and track calories is using a smart phone app called My Fitness Pal. My husband uses it. I am just starting to use it out of curiosity. You could add the recipe to this app and see what it is, and make any adjustments that you personally need.

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