Enjoying a sweet velvety pumpkin smoothie is a simple way to fill your day with a bit of fall cheer!
Whether you’re enjoying it as a post-Thanksgiving dessert, or for breakfast every morning throughout the season, this healthy smoothies the perfect way to savor the flavors of the holiday.
Slow sipping this sweet pumpkin smoothie recipe tastes a bit like having a big dreamy scoop of ice cream. Healthy pumpkin recipes for vegan, paleo, and/or low carb smoothies (like this one…) make traditional holiday flavors a viable option, no matter your eating plan!
Follow my tips below for adapting this recipe to your eating plan, it’s one of those low carb recipes that can be enjoyed a handful of ways. Check it out!
One of my favorite things about this dreamy pumpkin smoothie recipe is the flavor. It’s a sweet creamy rendition of everything that screams holiday.
The fact that it only takes 5 minutes to throw together is just icing on the cake! Here are even more reasons to love it:
- Totally healthy and nutritious
- Sweet dreamy pumpkin ice cream flavor
- Ideal dessert or meal replacement
- Ready in 5 minutes
- Really flexible low carb recipe
Throwing together this delectable pumpkin smoothie recipe is easier than making after-dinner coffee. All you need is a blender and a straw – and perhaps a dollop of low carb whipped cream (totally optional, of course)!
So, loading your blender properly helps ensure everything blends up smoothly and you’re not left with food items stuck under the blade. Always add your liquids first, then powders and other ingredients from smallest to largest.
This superior pumpkin smoothie recipe is really easy to whip up, casting more importance on the quality of the ingredients that go into it. You’ll only need six simple food items and you may already have them in your kitchen.
Here’s watcha’ need to know:
Milk – I use full fat coconut milk for this recipe because it adds that sweet creamy characteristic despite being low carb. You can also substitute the milk of your choice.
Pumpkin – You’ll need a half cup of pumpkin puree to add that warm pumpkin flavor to your pumpkin smoothie recipe. Using this canned superfood adds an extra modicum of convenience to your recipe. Just be sure not to grab pumpkin pie filling!
Protein Powder – Adding vanilla protein powder to your pumpkin smoothie recipe allows the warm pumpkin flavor to be the star of the show and makes this drink/dessert totally nutritious.
Psst — if you don’t like the flavor of your protein powder, you won’t like the flavor of your pumpkin smoothie! My favorite brand is this whey protein. I ALWAYS avoid protein powders that contain pea protein!
Psst — If you’d like to keep this recipe in the low carb protein shake department, be sure to read the labels before purchasing a protein powder, as many products contain added sugar!
Sweetener – Choosing the sweetener for your pumpkin smoothie recipe will depend on your eating plan. I prefer (as a low carb-er!) erythritol because it’s zero calories and doesn’t spike blood sugar. It’s also got this really neat cooling effect that’s awesome in a smoothie!
If you’re paleo, vegan, or something other than low carb, consider maple syrup or coconut sugar!
Pumpkin Pie Spice – This dreamy pumpkin smoothie recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice, but you could also use cinnamon or nutmeg if that’s what you’ve got on hand.
Viola! You’ve got a creamy dreamy work of art that works as a healthy meal or a delicious dessert.
Tools To Make
Making this cool creamy pumpkin smoothie recipe is super simple. I get giddy with anticipation just pulling out my blender because I know how yummy the finished product is!
The best part is that there’s no sink full of dishes when I’m finished! Here’s what you need:
- High-Speed Blender – such as a Blendtec!
How totally easy is that?
This flavor-intense pumpkin smoothie recipe is really best enjoyed immediately, but if you must store it you can keep it in a mason jar in the fridge. It helps to squirt just a little lemon juice on top to prevent oxidation.
Can You Freeze This?
Oh yeah, you sure can! I like to pour my prepared pumpkin smoothie recipe into ice trays before sliding it into the freezer. Depending on the size of your ice trays, you may want to take note of exactly how many ice cubes make a single smoothie.
For example, a full smoothie may fill up 8 individual cubes in an ice tray. This means you can pull out all 8 for a yummy meal replacement shake or stop at 4 cubes for a sweet snack or dessert.
Meal Prepping Tips
Well, there are a couple of ways you can up the convenience factor here for a low carb breakfast smoothies that’ll be ready faster than you are…
If ice trays aren’t your thing you can opt to use freezer-safe jars (yeah, they have that). You can also pre-measure ingredients and store them in the freezer (without the liquid!), so all you have to do is toss the ingredients in the blender with your liquid, and voila!
If you’re already enjoying low carb pumpkin muffins, you’re gonna’ need something to drink with them! This pumpkin smoothie recipe is a meal all by itself and it could be pumpkin overload with the muffins!
But then again, it could taste like cake and ice cream.
Speaking of cake, low carb pumpkin cheesecake definitely has its place at my table but if I’m not in the mood to slurp my pumpkin through a straw then sometimes I’ll make a pumpkin smoothie bowl. Now that’s a dreamy recipe you won’t find on most menus!
Tweaking this pumpkin smoothie recipe is up to you. There are so many delicious options it can be hard to choose! Here are just a few simple suggestions…
How Can I Make This Dairy-Free?
The two ingredients to watch out for here are your milk and protein powder. Sticking to the coconut milk (recommended in the recipe below) and opting for a plant-based protein powder will give you an awesome pumpkin smoothie vegan (i.e. dairy-free!) so it can fit into most healthy meal plans.
You can also skip the protein powder and opt for a banana and additional sweetener (based on your taste) to keep it even more plant-based.
Don’t love full-fat coconut milk? Opt for another dairy-free milk substitute, just keep in milk that a light coconut or almond milk smoothie won’t be quite as creamy (the fat in full-fat coconut milk adds a ton of creaminess!).
Can I Add Greens?
Making green smoothies is my jam! Because with the sweetness of the protein powder (or bananas and sweetener if you aren’t low carb…) you won’t even taste the greens!
I’ve been known to toss a handful of spinach into this pumpkin smoothie recipe. If you don’t mind the green color, adding avocado turns this pumpkin smoothie recipe into a low carb green smoothie that’s even creamier and incredibly nutritious.
Can I Add Chocolate?
It just doesn’t get a whole lot better than this cold creamy pumpkin smoothie recipe…
But you can up the decadence factor and turn this into a chocolate low carb milkshake by adding it in one of three ways:
- Drizzling some (low carb) chocolate syrup on your smoothie
- Opting for chocolate protein powder instead of vanilla
- Tossing in a few teaspoons of cocoa powder
Can I Add Fruit?
Absolutely!! As mentioned above, you can add a banana (instead of the protein powder) to amp up the creaminess of this shake!
If you’re sticking to low carb recipes (like me!) skip the banana and opt for lower carb fruits such as a strawberry smoothie — believe it or not a pumpkin low carb strawberry smoothie is pretty dang delicious! Raspberries and blackberries also make the low carb list.
Can I Add Peanut Butter?
A pumpkin and low carb peanut butter smoothie may sound like a weird combo, BUT it’s certainly worth a shot, as a peanut butter smoothie will up the creaminess of your shake while adding fat and a bit of protein to every sip.
If you’d like to take advantage of nut butter’s benefits without the added peanut flavor, consider using almond butter instead!
- Add ingredients to a high-speed blender**** (in the order listed above) and blend!
- Taste smoothie and adjust sweetness to taste. (I like it as is, you may prefer to add more sweetener)
- Top with whipped cream or more pumpkin pie spice, and enjoy!
This pumpkin smoothie recipe is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the flavors of the holiday season but it’s not the only way. There are lots of low carb pumpkin recipes that can make your season a little brighter and more decadent.
These babies are so good even those following a traditional diet plan will love them! Here are some of my FAVES:
- Pumpkin Soup – A rich creamy bowl of warm happiness on a cold dreary day.
- Low Carb Pumpkin Pie – Enjoy sweet pumpkin pie flavor without all the carbs.
- Low Carb Pumpkin Bread – Incredibly moist and delicious warm pumpkin flavor.
- Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Latte – Because sometimes you just need to sit down and savor the flavor in a warm coffee drink.
- Healthy Pumpkin Bread – Bakes up so moist and fluffy with warm pumpkin undertones.
Making a cool creamy pumpkin smoothie is a wholesome way to stay on track for the holidays and enjoy your favorite traditional flavors at the same time. This nutritious smoothie can be a delectable after-dinner dessert or a nutritious meal replacement, depending on how it fits into your meal plan.
The most important thing is that it tastes Ah-ma-zing and it gives you options!
Let me know what you think in the comments below, and happy sipping!!