Hello from the first day of autumn.
The time has come for everything pumpkin and I am here to make my contribution to the craze. If you are as excited as I am about the beginning of the pumpkin season and are looking for a creative and healthy way to incorporate it into your diet, you are at the right place.
Because we are talking about what I consider “a luxurious treat in a glass”, aka Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie. A vegan, creamy, healthy and filling smoothie recipe sweetened with maple syrup and frozen banana.
About this Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie Recipe:
As the name suggests, this pumpkin protein smoothie embodies all the characteristics of pumpkin pie. Therefore, pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, and pecans are naturally in the ingredients list. However, since I wanted to balance the flavors and make it more creamy, I added a frozen banana in there. If you are not a fan, simply omit it and add in more maple syrup and ice.
The protein part of the smoothie comes from almond butter, which has basically replaced peanut butter in our house. Whether it is in baking (as you can see in these almond butter brownies), adding a tablespoon in smoothies, or simply spreading on toast in the morning, I have been a big fan of it for some time now. Also, I don’t know if this happens to you, but every time I start my day with it I feel fuller for longer than usual.
A few variations for this vegan pumpkin smoothie:
As you can see in the recipe below, I used maple syrup as a sweetener, but in the past, I have also made it with Medjool dates. I personally like my smoothie mildly sweetened, but you can always increase the amount of maple syrup or dates you use based on your preferences.
I also loved it with a little bit of fresh ginger added in. I know that ginger has one of those flavors that either you love it or hate it, but if you are a lover I recommend giving it a try.
I used unsweetened almond milk, but creamy full fat coconut milk would also work in this recipe.
Finally, the recipe below serves 4-6 people depending on the pour and glasses used. However, if you are serving fewer people feel free to halve the recipe.
Other healthy smoothie recipes you should try
- Kale and Pineapple Smoothie
- Vegan Banana Milkshake
- Superfood Recipes
- Need more inspiration? Check out all our healthy smoothie recipes.
Other pumpkin recipes you might like
- Moist Pumpkin Bread Recipe
- Pumpkin and Ginger Soup Recipe
- Gluten-free Nut and Seed Bread with pumpkin and cranberries
- Maple Pumpkin Pudding
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
- 1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin puree
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup or more to taste
- Pinch of salt
- 1 ½ cups ice
- 1 tablespoon unsalted pecans chopped - as garnish
- Place all ingredients except pecans in a blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.
- Garnish with chopped pecans and serve immediately.