Pumpkin Smoothie

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by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.83 from 17 votes
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This pumpkin smoothie was one of my first experiments with pumpkin purée TEN years ago. I had a little bit of pumpkin leftover from another recipe and thought, “Hey, can I put this in my smoothie?” Yes, Beth, yes you can. And it will taste like a pumpkin pie milkshake. Forget the PSL, this is the pumpkin drink I want to be drinking. Especially if you live in the south and it’s still 80 degrees outside in October. :P

side view of a pumpkin smoothie in a tall glass with whipped cream and a straw

What’s in A Pumpkin Smoothie?

The ingredients for this smoothie are incredibly simple: pumpkin purée, frozen banana, ground flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, milk, sweetener of choice, and vanilla extract. The frozen banana gives the smoothie an ice-cream-like texture and the ground flaxseed almost makes the smoothie taste like a graham cracker crust has been blended right into the drink. It’s magical!

Use the Milk of Your Choice

I used whole milk because it is the richest and creamiest, but you can use any non-dairy milk substitute in its place. If your non-dairy milk is already sweetened or vanilla flavored, you can reduce the added sweetener and or skip the vanilla extract listed in the recipe below.

Sweeten to Taste

The best part about making your own smoothie is that you can add as much or as little sugar as you want, and use whatever kind of sugar or sugar substitute that you like. I used brown sugar because it has a rich flavor that makes the smoothie even more pie-like, but you can use honey, white sugar, agave, stevia, or whatever you like. The frozen banana does offer some sweetness on its own, but I found the little extra sweetness really made a difference.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

If you don’t have store-bought pumpkin pie spice, you can use my recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice here, or just sub in ¼ tsp cinnamon if needed. It’s such a small amount in the smoothie that it won’t make or break the smoothie.

overhead view of pumpkin pie smoothie in the glass with a straw and whipped cream

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Pumpkin Smoothie

4.83 from 17 votes
Forget the PSL, this pumpkin smoothie should be the official drink of October. It's fast, easy, and tastes like a pumpkin pie milkshake!
side view of pumpkin smoothie, pumpkins behind it
Servings 1 16oz.
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes



  • Add the pumpkin, frozen banana, flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, milk, and vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Add the brown sugar (or sweetener of choice) and blend again. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Enjoy cold.

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*You can use the milk and sweetener of your choice.


Serving: 1smoothieCalories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 11gFat: 12gSodium: 114mgFiber: 7g
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Side view of a pumpkin smoothie in a glass with a straw

How to Make a Pumpkin Smoothie – Step By Step Photos

smoothie ingredients in the blender

Add ⅓ cup pumpkin purée, 1 frozen banana, 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup milk, and ¼ tsp vanilla extract to a blender.

Blended smoothie in the blender

Blend until smooth, then give the smoothie a taste and add the sweetener of your choice to your liking. I added one teaspoon brown sugar.

Blended smoothie from above

Briefly blend again to dissolve the sweetener into the drink, then enjoy!

Close up side view of a pumpkin smoothie


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  1. It tastes like raw pumpkin even with all of the additives. What did I do wrong? Thanks.

  2. Absolutely delicious replacement for pumpkin shakes I used to love. I used oat milk. I swapped maple syrup for brown sugar. I will add more syrup next time, as there is a bit of bitterness from the pumpkin—maybe my banana wasn’t ripe enough. I added a pinch of sea salt but will do closer to an 1/8 tsp next time.

    1. I had the same bitterness issue and I can’t figure it out. But these are great ideas. My banana was yellow starting to turn brown so don’t feel it was that.

  3. Two questions: could I substitute chia for the Flax seed? And what can I do with the leftover pumpkin from the can? I hate recipes that use a partial can of something (side-eye at every 1/2 can of tomato paste). If I put it in the freezer it ends up being a mystery bag that gets thrown out anyway. 😒

    1. You can portion it out and freeze it for making smoothies later (thaw before adding to the smoothie) or you could add it to soup, pasta sauce, or even a bowl of oatmeal. :) Here are our pumpkin recipe archives so you can get some inspiration.