How about bringing in fall with a healthy pumpkin smoothie with almond milk? This smoothie is delicious and will satisfy that craving for fall pumpkin pie in a glass.
Not sure where you live, but this week, Michigan has decided that fall is officially here. The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp (honestly, really crisp,) pumpkins are in abundance and all the popular coffee shops are offering their seasonal pumpkin specialty drinks and lattes.
This time of year, I always enjoy the pumpkin pie flavors, but don’t want the calories, fat and sugars that are in these popular coffee shops drinks which lead me to start testing the best ways to get this flavor, with healthy ingredients, low fat and little to no sugar.
So, I put my official testers to work to find the best fall smoothie recipes with the best taste and consistency so that you can enjoy them too.
Pumpkin Smoothie With Almond Milk Recipe
- 8-12 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (if you are looking for additional sweetness, you could always use the sweetened vanilla almond milk.)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
- Protein powder of your choice (optional)
- Dash of nutmeg- about 1/8 of a teaspoon
- Dash of ground cloves- about 1/4 of a teaspoon
- Dash of cinnamon – about 1/4 of a teaspoon
- Dash of Allspice (optional) – about 1/8 of a teaspoon
- Spoonful of almond butter (optional)
- Handful of ice
- Blend until smooth and creamy
- For additional flavor and creaminess, or when the mood strikes for a heartier more filling smoothie, I have added a frozen banana to this recipe. If you like bananas, I highly recommend you give it a try. The recipe tastes great without the banana, but it does taste really good with it too. This is purely up to you and your preferences. Want to know how to freeze bananas? Click here to find detailed banana freezing instructions so you can enjoy them too.
- Adding yogurt is optional with this recipe. It tastes just as good without it, but if you like yogurt in your smoothie you may add a scoop.
- 1/4 tablespoon of vanilla if you are looking for additional vanilla flavors.
- 1 tablespoon of honey can also be added.
Pro Tip: Pumpkin is very thick and can be tough on some blenders. If you find yours struggling to make a smooth drink with this recipe, check out our top 10 blenders for smoothies.
Not only does pumpkin make a delicious fall treat, it actually helps with vision, especially in the dim lights of the upcoming winter because it’s loaded with vitamin A. One serving of pumpkin actually contains two and a half days worth of vitamin A.
Pumpkin is also nature’s little fountain of youth because its high content of carotenoids will help those of us over 40 not only look younger by reducing wrinkles and skin issues, but also feel younger, as this potassium loaded (more potassium than a banana) little vegetable will provide energy for hours and help to refuel muscles after a workout.
If the vitamin A and loads of potassium content weren’t enough for you, pumpkin is also actually loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which is known help your body fight off infection and free radical cells, and is thought to reduce your risks of acquiring various cancers.
And last but not least, pumpkin is high in fiber and low in calories (about 49 calories for one cup) which helps you feel full longer.
Do you enjoy the flavors of pumpkin pie? Do you have a fall favorite smoothie recipe to share with us? Did you give the recipe a try? I would love to hear if you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.