A Passion for Pumpkins: 25 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

by deborah on November 11, 2013 · 38 comments

in Green smoothies, Nourish, Raw Food Diet, Vegan

A Passion for Pumpkins: 25 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Each year when fall rolls around, I mysteriously develop a particular passion for pumpkin

recipes.

From pumpkin seed milk to roasted pumpkin, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie to pumpkin

pudding, pumpkin granola and pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin is quite likely to be on the

menu in some way, shape or form–whether raw, steamed, baked, sauteed or pureed.

Sure, jack-o-lanterns are cute, but besides that, what’s so great about pumpkins?

Pumpkin, whether raw or home cooked, delivers a wealth of health benefits.

Here are a few of them:

Health Benefits of Pumpkins

A Passion for Pumpkins: 15 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

*A low calorie food: 1 cup of raw pumpkin has only 30 calories, 0 fat and cholesterol, 1 gram

of dietary fiber and 8 grams of carbohydrates.

*Contains antioxidants which protect against certain inflammatory diseases, cancers, diabetes.

*An excellent source of Vitamin A: 1 cup of  pumpkin contains 408% of the recommended

dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin A (Beta-carotene) known to promote eye health, enhance the

immune system, protect against colds, flu and infections.

*Contains all B vitamins (except B12) and 13% RDA each of vitamin C and E.

*Good source of iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, folate, niacin and thiamin.

*Provides lutein and zeaxanthin which help prevent cataracts and reduce the risk of macular

degeneration.

*Rich in copper (25% RDA in 1 cup).

In addition, pumpkin seeds and oil deliver a wealth of additional nutrients and benefits which you

can get by eating the seeds or making pumpkin seed milk.

Making Pumpkin Smoothies

A Passion for Pumpkins: 15 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Once you make pumpkin seed milk, you can use it as the liquid base for lots of delicious

pumpkin smoothies.

A great way to benefit from pumpkin’s health benefits is to make fresh, organic smoothies.

The first two smoothie recipes called for raw pumpkin, although some feel that cooked

pumpkin may deliver more “pumpkin” flavor.

You can substitute cooked pumpkin in these recipes if you prefer.

However, I prefer to make my pumpkin smoothies with raw pumpkin.

Either way, pumpkin is pretty easy to work with.

Simply remove the seeds and guts of the pumpkin, then peel and cut into small chunks.

Note: To break down the starchiness of raw pumpkin, you can soak the pumpkin in water

with a squeeze of lemon juice overnight in the refrigerator.

When you are ready to make your smoothie, simply place the soaked chunks in a high speed

blender with the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

A Few Basic Smoothie Tips

1. First, add the liquid to your blender–preferably a high speed blender for best results.

I personally use a VitaMix.

2. Next, add fruits followed by any other ingredients.

3. Finally, add leafy greens, if you are using them.

4. Blend on high for about 30-45 seconds or until smooth.

Here are two raw pumpkin smoothies that I made this week:

Raw Pumpkin Pie Banana Smoothie

A Passion for Pumpkins: 15 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Ingredients:

2 bananas

¾ cups fresh, raw cut up or grated pumpkin

5-6 dates

1-2 cups pumpkin seed or other nut milk

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon allspice

A Passion for Pumpkins: 15 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Directions:

Add 1 cup pumpkin seed milk and spices.

Place bananas, pumpkin, dates, coconut oil and hemp into a high speed blender

such as a VitaMix.

Add few  ice cubes, if desired.

Blend until smooth.

Add more pumpkin seed or other nut milk for a thinner consistency.

Drink as soon as possible.

Save the excess smoothie in a sealed mason jar and refrigerate for later.

Raw Pumpkin Banana Pear Green Smoothie

A Passion for Pumpkins: 15 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Ingredients:

2 bananas

¾ cups fresh, raw cut up or grated pumpkin

1 cup organic pear chunks

1 cups fresh, organic kale

1 cup fresh, organic spinach

1-2 cups pumpkin seed or other nut milk

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon allspice

A Passion for Pumpkins: 15 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Directions:

Add 1 cup pumpkin seed milk and spices.

Add bananas, pumpkin, pear, coconut oil and hemp in a high speed blender.

Add spinach and kale.

Blend on high for 30-45 seconds  until smooth.

Add more pumpkin seed or other nut milk for a thinner consistency.

Drink and enjoy!

Save the excess smoothie in a sealed mason jar and refrigerate for later.

Variations on the Theme: More Pumpkin Smoothies

A Passion for Pumpkins: 15 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Here’s a roundup of yummy pumpkin smoothies from some of my favorite healthy blogs:

Chocolate Almond Butter & Pumpkin Smoothie from raiasrecipes

 

* Pumpkin Pie Smoothie or Thickie Recipe from practicalstewardship

 

* Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Green Smoothie from madetoglow

 

* Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from rawedibles

 

* Pumpkin Pie Delight Smoothie from simplywholefoods

 

* Autumn Pumpkin Smoothie with Cinnamon and Pears from skinnylimits

 

* Orange Juice and Pumpkin Smoothie from GreenThickies

 

* Raw Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from elevenbyvenus

 

* Fat-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from happyherbivore

 A Passion for Pumpkins: 25 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

* Pumpkin Pie Smoothie & a Birthday from veganyackattack

 

* Pumpkin Chai Smoothie from eatspinrunrepeat

 

* Pumpkin Spice Smoothie from thecleandish

 

* Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from greenphillyblog

 

* Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie from OhSheGlows

 

* Pumpkin Banana Spice Vegan Smoothie

 

* Pumpkin Chai Smoothie from tasty-yummies

 

* Pumpkin Spice Smoothie from healtfulpursuit

 

* Pumpkin Pie Smoothie from Vegetariantimes

 

* Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake  from freshlygrown

 

* Pumpkin Pie in a Cup from thepaleomama

 

* Jack-o-lantern Smoothie from incrediblesmoothies

 

* Halloween Pumpkin Pie Smoothie: Raw Vegan from 30bananasaday

 

* Gastrawnomica’s UN-Pumpkin Pie Smoothie rawfoodrecipes

 A Passion for Pumpkins: 25 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes

Now, let’s kick back with  a soothing, seasonal hot drink…

* Pumpkin Chai Latte from raiasrecipes

Then treat ourselves to a yummy pumpkin dessert!

* Pumpkin Chocolate Mousse from nourishwithkaren

 

 What ingredients do you include in your favorite pumpkin smoothie recipes? 

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Edee Lemonier November 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Oh my pumpkin goodness, consider this post bookmarked! I love all things pumpkin, too. It started when I was really little. Every time someone made a pumpkin pie for the holidays there was always a little filling left over. My grandfather insisted on chilling it in the fridge and after an hour or so he and I would drink it down. I know people would freak out over that today, but boy are those some great memories. Kick started my pumpkin addiction, though! lol

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deborah November 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Hi Edee,
Some of the best things in life are our special childhood memories related to food. I too have fond memories like that! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. I really appreciate it. Enjoy the pumpkin recipes!

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Alexandra @ Made to Glow November 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

What a great roundup of one of my favorites things – pumpkin smoothies! Thank you for including my recipe. I will absolutely share this awesome assortment of pumpkin. I can’t wait to try your Pumpkin Banana Pear Green Smoothie! Looks delicious.

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deborah November 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Hi Alexandra,
Your Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice smoothie is now one of my favorites! Thank you for connecting and sharing your thoughts. And thank you so much for sharing this post. I appreciate it!

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Vidya Sury November 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

I am crazy about pumpkins. Never made a smoothie yet, though. We usually cook it in a gravy or as a sweet. Loved this post, Deborah! The photos are mouth-watering!

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deborah November 12, 2013 at 12:31 am

Hi Vidya,
I am so glad you too love pumpkins. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. I love your blog and your image choices as well. I am so happy you connected. All the best.

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Tiffany Olson November 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Oh yum! Bookmarking this one too!! Thank you! – Tiffany

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deborah November 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Hi Tiffany,
I am so delighted that you enjoyed this pumpkin smoothie post! I love the content on your website. Feel free to share some of your highly-relevant posts on my blog hop which starts today, and every Tuesday. You can LINK UP at http://urbannaturale.com/live-it-up-at-the-healthy-happy-green-natural-blog-hop/

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Marla November 13, 2013 at 9:49 am

Love pumpkin myself and love some of your recipes. I am going to try some of them. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Live Healthy, Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop

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deborah November 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hi Maria,
Thank you so much for hopping by from the Happy Healthy Green & Natural Blog Hop. I am so glad to learn about you blog, Organic4greenlivings. You cover healthy living topics that are near and dear to my heart.

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Jennifer at Purposeful Nutrition and The Entwife's Journal November 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Thanks for sharing at Healing With Food Friday. Your post is a featured post at this next week’s blog hop. Please come back and share again.
And I had a pumpkin smoothie this morning in your honor. Just used water kefir and pumpkin and banana and some kale and some coconut cream. It was pretty good.

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deborah November 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hi Jennifer,
I am thrilled to hear that my pumpkin smoothie post is featured on Healing with Food Friday! What an honor. I really appreciate it. I’m happy to hear that you had a pumpkin smoothie this morning. I must try your excellent idea of adding kefir to my smoothie. Thanks for your support!

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Andi @ The Weary Chef November 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

I feel so much smarter about pumpkins now, and I need to get busy trying some of these tasty smoothie recipes! Thanks for sharing this informative and tasty roundup with us at Saturday Night Fever!

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deborah November 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Andi,
I am so happy to hear that you are going to try some of these pumpkin smoothie recipes. Enjy! Thank you for hosting Saturday Night Fever! It’s wonderful! Feel free to stop by and party with us at our “Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party” Blog Hop today: http://urbannaturale.com/live-it-up-at-the-healthy-happy-green-natural-blog-hop/

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Dawn @ Peeling Back the Onion Layers November 15, 2013 at 9:47 am

Thank you for sharing at Healing With Food Friday! Come back again this week – we are LIVE now!
http://peelingbacktheonionlayers.com/healing-with-food-friday-10/

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deborah November 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Hi Dawn,
I want to thank you so much for featuring my post,
A Passion for Pumpkins: 25 Fall Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes from Urban Naturale,
and my cute little pumpkin! I really appreciate it!
Thanks for hosting this wonderful blog hop. Feel free to hop by and visit my blog hop:
Live it up at the “Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party” Blog Hop!
http://urbannaturale.com/live-it-up-at-the-healthy-happy-green-natural-blog-hop/

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April @ The 21st Century Housewife November 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

I love pumpkin, but never thought about using it in smoothies. What a delicious, healthy idea! Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop, Deborah.

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deborah November 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

Hi April,
I must admit that this is the first year that I used pumpkin in my smoothies. But after learning how nutritious they are, I decided to experiment with the pulp and the seeds–and I am glad I did.Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I enjoy participting iat the Hearth and Soul hop. Feel free to hop by on Tuesday for our Healthy, Happy Green & Natural Party Hop! http://urbannaturale.com/live-it-up-at-the-healthy-happy-green-natural-blog-hop/

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Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free November 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

Great list of smoothies!! I have a bunch of sweet potato in the fridge right now so I might have to sub that in and give some of these a try today 🙂

Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

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deborah November 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

Hi Danielle,
I would love to hear how that sweet potato smoothie tastes. I know they are full of nutrition and flavor so I bet it will be great. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for pinning my post. I appreciate it. Feel free to hop by and connect with us today at the Healthy, Hearty, Green & Natural Party Blog Hop:
http://urbannaturale.com/live-it-up-at-the-healthy-happy-green-natural-party-blog-hop-2/

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Ally @ Om Nom Ally December 12, 2013 at 1:45 am

There are so many completely amazing smoothies here that I honestly don’t know where to start 😀 For breakfast tomorrow I’m going to close my eyes, scroll through the page and see where I land!
Thanks for linking this to Smoothie OTW, love this post and your blog 😀

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deborah December 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Hi Ally,
I am so happy that you like these smoothies. They are certainly fun to make and drink! Thanks again for hosting such a wonderful Smoothie Blog Hop! We’ll all be healthier for it!

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chanelle October 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

I’m excited to try some of these. I love pumpkins and just roasted one today… I guess I know what breakfast will be tomorrow 🙂

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Jennifer October 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

I sooooo needed to see this post today! thanks so much! ANd for linking up at Vegan Halloween YoFo!

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Kyra @ Vie De La Vegan October 11, 2015 at 7:06 am

I love these pumpkin smoothie recipes! And I also love the idea of making pumpkin seed milk, I don’t know why I haven’t tried that before! Thanks for sharing at #VeganYoFo 🙂

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Marian DiFabbio October 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Hi Deborah,
Now I’m motivated to roast up my adorable sugar pumpkin and use it it smoothies and soup (instead of pumpkin pie) !
I’m thinkin bananas,almond milk, and a handful of pumpkin seedswith the pumpkin puree in my next smoothie …YUM…

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deborah October 28, 2015 at 12:26 am

Hi Marion,
I am so delighted that you checked out these yummy pumpkin smoothie recipes. Bananas,almond milk, and a handful of pumpkin seeds with the pumpkin puree sounds perfect. That’s what I like to make too. It’s so healthy! No wonder you look so great!! All the best, Deborah

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deborah November 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi,
I am so thrilled to see that my “Pumpkin Banana Pear Smoothie” blog post is featured this week on Healthy 2Day Wednesday! I really appreciate your support.

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