When we make homemade pumpkin puree, we tend to have a lot of it from just one pumpkin. When that happens, we set out to make all of the pumpkin foods we can! Of course, most of the pumpkin recipes you’ll find are baked goods and desserts. As a gourd, pumpkin can also be tasty in soups and stews, but that doesn’t seem to be as common. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a bit more of a healthy option because it’s packed with protein as well as fruit and vegetables plus natural sugars. Yes, it’s not the most healthy thing you can eat, but it’s more healthy than the (delicious) Pumpkin Roll.
Over the years, we’ve come up with and made quite a few recipes that include pumpkin and pumpkin puree. It’s so yummy, and only made for a short time every year. The hardest part of making this smoothie is waiting for the banana to freeze. If you know you are going to be making a smoothie for yourself, or a batch to share, make sure you put the bananas in the freezer a few hours before so they are frozen.
If you don’t have time to freeze the banana, add a few cubes of ice to thicken it up. The benefit of the frozen banana is to thicken without watering it down.
You can also use regular yogurt rather than Greek yogurt, but again, you will lose some of the thick, creamy texture. Also, Greek yogurt has more protein in it, so the protein count will be lower with regular yogurt. We use unsweetened almond milk for almost everything. If you buy the sweetened or vanilla milk, you may want to cut back on the maple syrup. It will already have the sweetener from the milk.
One last note: make sure you use pure maple syrup. There’s a huge difference between pure syrup and “breakfast syrup” such as Aunt Jemima’s.
Step by Step
Freeze the banana ahead of time. Once you are ready to make the smoothie, add all of your ingredients to the blender. Blend for about two minutes, until it’s smooth.
Pour into serving glasses and garnish with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
Pumpkin Pie Healthy Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- Freeze the banana for 1-2 hours
- Place all ingredients in the blender
- Blend for about 2 minutes, until smooth
- Serve immediately and garnish with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice
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