Pumpkin Smoothie

October 12, 2014
Pumpkin Smoothie - This gluten-free, vegan pumpkin smoothie is a wonderful treat for any time of the day!

Life lesson #3627 – The beautiful weekends of fall go by ever so quickly

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It's been 12 years now (October 2004), we'd just broken ground, the beginning of an 18-month project to act as general contracts and build our own house.  Every evening I went to the lot to work, only to find myself distracted by the excitement of it all.  “No worries, I've got time; I'll finish that task tomorrow.”

“My Dear, you realize there are only a few weekends left until the first of November?  At that point it'll be cold, snow will be right around the corner, and I can guarantee you'll wish you'd been after it while the weather was still nice.”

He probably doesn't realize, but every year since I've remembered his comment, and intentionally slowed down to savor the last of the weeks before winter

Pumpkin Smoothie - This gluten-free, vegan pumpkin smoothie is a wonderful treat for any time of the day!

This weekend we took a break from picking apples and walks at the park, to enjoy being outside while getting things done around the house.  A perfect Saturday with crisp blue skies we listened to one Iowa team on the radio, the live sounds of the other as they played across town.

My husband scheduled for surgery in just a few days, to fix an unfortunate nerve in his arm.  He'd gently reminded me that if I needed a hand raking, trimming trees, or washing windows, now would probably be good.

We sat long enough to sip on a late afternoon pumpkin smoothie.

Pumpkin Smoothie - This gluten-free, vegan pumpkin smoothie is a wonderful treat for any time of the day!

Enjoying this time of year includes all of my favorite ways to eat pumpkin.  Not only it great in pancakes and pumpkin bread, but it makes a wonderful base for a smoothie.  (If using canned, be sure to seek out an organic brand without added sugar)

Frozen banana lends a hint of sweet as well as a thick texture to your drink.  Chilling the pumpkin ahead of time helps your smoothie stay as cold as possible (though it's not required).  The recipe is also delicious with honey, but on this October afternoon, pumpkin and maple syrup seemed like perfection to me.



ps:  For tips on how to make pumpkin puree

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~ Adapted from Skinny Ms

Pumpkin Smoothie


  • Smoothie
  • ¾ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 tsp finely ground flaxseed
  • cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ Tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • ¼ tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
  • Optional ingredients: a scoop of protein powder, or a shot of espresso

  • Optional Toppings
  • walnuts
  • cinnamon graham crackers, crushed


  • Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
Serves: 1
Nutrition + Show
Calories 245
Total Fat 4.7g
Carbohydrates 51.6g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 38.2g
Protein 3.6g
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  • Reply Heydave October 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    4 stars
    You have to love this season for, among other things, the taste of pumpkin in so many things. This was a very good one.

    On other fronts, I noticed you hit 100 features on Food Gawker. Congratulations!

    • Reply sexyveggie October 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Sweetie!


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  • Reply Kathie October 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I am going to try this thus weekend! Hopefully it will make it partly as fun as seeing you last weekend ☺

    • Reply sexyveggie October 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm


      Hugs from afar .. so great to see you as well!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus March 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Pumpkin smoothie looks absolutely amazing , I have always loved pumpkin but have never tried it in a smoothie form. Delicious mmm x

  • Reply Jim July 7, 2018 at 11:43 am

    There is something about a recipe that doesn’t ask for much. A recipe without pretense. And yet this smoothie looks like perfection. Damn. I hate when it’s that easy.

  • Reply Suzanne November 1, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    This looks so good! What a great way to have a healthy fall snack!

  • Reply Vanessa November 1, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Can I make with other kinds of milk?

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