This heart-healthy and fiber-packed Pumpkin Banana Smoothie recipe is made with yogurt, plant-based milk, and pumpkin puree. It has all of the Fall flavors you love in one convenient package, and it’s the perfect way to start your day. Even better, it clocks in under 200 calories per serving!
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Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe
I know what your thinking … another pumpkin recipe? Really, Kelley? It’s not even fall yet! I know, I know … But I love all the flavors fall has to offer, including pumpkin.
I have been drinking a smoothie at least once a day, and I wanted to change things up from my standard Strawberry Banana Smoothie. With all of the canned pumpkin I have at home, I decided to make a smoothie with this vitamin-packed produce. Pumpkin has tons of fiber and protein, which makes this a healthy power smoothie that’s loaded with enough nutrients to fuel your day and keep you full! It doesn’t hurt that this seriously tastes like pumpkin pie in a cup! You would never know this pumpkin spice smoothie is healthy!!
Plus it’s ready in under 5 minutes from start to finish, making it the perfect breakfast, a light lunch, or a midday snack!
Why You Should Use Frozen Bananas in Your Smoothies
I made this recipe a lot of different ways with more yogurt and without banana, but I found that the frozen banana gave the smoothie a creamy, dessert-like texture somewhat similar to ice cream.
Using frozen fruit in your smoothies also eliminates the need to add ice, which just waters down the smoothie as it thaws and can result in a displeasing texture separation of the water and the fruit fibers. It also ensures less water and more pumpkin and banana flavor in each sip!
Canned Pumpin Purée vs. Roasted Pumpkin
While you can use store-bought canned pure pumpkin purée (organic is best), you could also roast fresh pumpkin yourself! The process takes a bit longer, but it is well worth the effort.
To make your own pumpkin puree at home, simply cut the pumpkin in half, scrape out the seeds, and roast in the oven. Then, peel the skin and puree in a blender or food processor. That’s all!
TIP: Not sure what to do with the leftover pumpkin puree? Here are 3 easy ways to freeze pumpkin puree to use again later in baking or in smoothies!
Pumpkin Smoothie Ingredients
- Canned Pumpkin: Loaded with ton’s of protein and fiber! Rich in antioxidants and high in Vitamin A. Make sure to grab a can of pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix). This has added sweeteners and spices already added to it. Also, opt for organic, if possible. I like to freeze leftover canned pumpkin. It lasts for about 7 days in the fridge and 3-4 months in the freezer. Just make sure to transfer the pumpkin from the can to an airtight container before freezing.
- Banana: They are a good source of potassium. Helps to regulate blood pressure and is heart healthy. I always keep ripe bananas in the freezer for smoothies!
- Yogurt: Packs a lot of protein. Great for digestive health and controlling blood pressure. You can use either regular plain yogurt or plain greek yogurt in this smoothie.
- Milk: Choose your favorite! Anything from regular milk, oat milk, almond milk or soy milk would work great.
- Spices: I use a pinch cinnamon in this smoothie. It makes the smoothie taste like pumpkin pie! You can also add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice if you have it to make your own Pumpkin Pie Banana Smoothie!
How To Make a Pumpkin Smoothie
- To a blender, add all of the ingredients — pumpkin, banana, greek yogurt, milk, spices, and ice (if using).
- Pulse for about 30 seconds, and stir the ingredients making sure to scrape the sides.
- Pulse for another 30-60 seconds or until blended. Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Make this smoothie even healthier!
- Add some flax seed, chia seeds, hem seeds or raw nuts for added protein!
- Throw in some kale or spinach (fresh or frozen) to incorporate some healthy greens into your breakfast smoothie!
- Boost the protein in this smoothie by adding a scoop of two of protein powder!
Can this be made ahead of time?
This recipe makes one smoothie. However, it’s very easy to double or triple this recipe. I like to make a large batch and keep it in the fridge to have in the mornings. You can also freeze the smoothie if you won’t be eating it right away and let it thaw until sippable or freeze in an ice cube tray and blend before serving. It will be VERY thick if frozen so expect to eat it with a spoon or add more milk or water to thin it out.
Here are more delicious Pumpkin Recipes to enjoy!
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
- Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
Pumpkin Banana Smoothie
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender: Canned pumpkin, yogurt, milk, honey, banana and cinnamon.
- Pulse for about 30 seconds and stir the ingredients making sure to scrape the sides. Pulse for another 30-60 seconds or until blended. Serve immediately and enjoy!