As I’ve mentioned before, I’m one of those people who loves pumpkin, and has no problem eating it any time of year, whether it’s in my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread, Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins, Low Carb Pumpkin Bars, or yeah, this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.
Made with canned pumpkin puree, ricotta cheese, frozen ripe banana, protein powder, milk of your choice, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice, this is one breakfast smoothie that you’ll look forward to every autumn!
And no, whipped cream on top isn’t necessary, but…
…if you’re going to have a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, then let’s live a little, okay?! Me? I alwaaaays say yes to whipped cream!
As much I love pumpkin, I don’t like the time and effort it takes to prepare fresh pumpkin, so all of my from-scratch pumpkin recipes use canned pumpkin puree. I always use the Libby brand, and apparently Huffpost’s report and the Kitchn’s post jibes with my taste in canned pumpkin! Once opened, you can refrigerate any unused pumpkin puree in an airtight container for up to a week.
For the spicing of this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, I was lazy and just used McCormick Pumpkin Spice. If you don’t have any pumpkin pie spice, then you certainly can mix up your own with spices that you probably already have in your pantry. Chowhound, Pioneer Woman, and Martha Stewart all have similar recipes for homemade pumpkin pie spice. Here’s the printable recipe for a rich and flavorful Pumpkin Pie Smoothie:
- ¼ cup ricotta cheese
- ½ cup canned pumpkin puree
- ½ scoop of vanilla or unflavored protein powder
- ½ frozen and very ripe banana
- 1 and ½ cups milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (I used sugar free)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar and sugar substitute (I used Stevia)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- dash of salt
- Optional: whipped cream
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend just until smooth.
- Serve in tall glass and top with whipped cream, if desired.
*Please note that all opinions are mine alone, and that I received no samples, payments, or financial incentives from Libby, McCormick, or Trader Joe’s, their affiliates or any other person or entity for comments or links in this article.