Pumpkin Smoothie

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 […]

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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

Originally posted 10-19-2011, updated 10-27-2021. 

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

 

side view of pumpkin smoothie, pumpkins behind it

Pumpkin Smoothie

Forget the PSL, this pumpkin smoothie should be the official drink of October. It's fast, easy, and tastes like a pumpkin pie milkshake!
Total Cost $0.94 each
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 16oz.
Calories 339kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin purée $0.18
  • 1 frozen banana $0.20
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice $0.02
  • 1 cup milk* $0.42
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract $0.07
  • 1 tsp brown sugar* $0.02

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 114mg | Fiber: 7g

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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Roasted Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup

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Belgian-Style Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles
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Pumpkin Waffles
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Pumpkin brings a lot of moisture into a waffle recipe and that can result in a soggy waffle. These Belgian-Style Pumpkin Waffles are crisp because they use just the right amount of pumpkin to bring in a good pumpkin flavor, but not so much that your waffles will become soggy the moment you take them off of the waffle iron. The pumpkin puree is balanced out with buttermilk, which gives the batter a nice consistency and keeps it from getting too heavy. Plenty of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon is added to the mix to compliment the natural sweetness of the pumpkin.

The number of waffles you’re going to get from this recipe will vary based on the waffle iron that you use. I used a Belgian-style waffle iron, which I like because it produces waffles with deep pockets for holding syrup and a lot of surface area to crisp up. Belgian waffle irons tend to take more batter than flatter waffle irons, so you will likely get more waffles from a flatter iron. Those flatter irons also produce waffles that are thin enough to fit in the toaster to reheat if you have leftovers! What all this comes down to is that these waffles will be good no matter what style of waffle iron you use, so don’t hesitate to give them a try just because your iron looks different than mine.

Pumpkin Waffles

These waffles should be baked on a lightly greased waffle iron until they are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They tend to produce quite a bit of steam due to all the moisture in the batter, so be careful when opening your waffle iron! The waffles should be served as soon as possible after cooking for best results, though you can pile them up on a cooling rack for a few minutes before serving (to keep them from getting soggy) or pop them into a warm (300F) oven if you need to hold them longer than a few minutes.

Pumpkin Waffles
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled

Preheat your waffle iron while you make the batter.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices and sugar.
In a large measuring cup or a medium-sized bowl, whisk together buttermilk, pumpkin puree, vanilla and eggs until smooth. Pour into flour mixture and whisk until no streaks of flour remain. Pour in melted butter and whisk until completely incorporated.
Use a 1-cup measure or a large spoon to scoop batter into the waffle iron, lightly greased if your iron requires it. Cook as directed by your machine (mine beeps when waffles are done, taking 3-4 minutes).
Serve immediately, with butter and maple syrup.

Makes 4 Belgian-style waffles

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How to Store Pumpkin Seeds, Raw or Roasted

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How to Store Fresh Pumpkin Seeds

Once you’ve completely gutted the pumpkin prior to carving it, (“awww, you didn’t tell me you were gonna kill it!”), place the seeds and pulp in a large bowl and fill it completely with water. Using your hands or a fork, stir the pumpkin inners around, allowing the seeds to float to the top of the water. Once most of the seeds have separated from the pulp and floated to the top, use a slotted spoon or spider to remove the seeds from the water and place them in a separate colander. Rinse any remaining pulp from the seeds in the colander with running water. From here, it’s time to dry them! Spread the seeds in a single layer out on a dish towel or a few sheets of paper towel and pat them dry to get rid of any excess moisture.

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Pumpkin Soup with Apple & Spices
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Pumpkin Scones

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Perfect Pumpkin Cake

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This classic pumpkin cake recipe is moist and perfectly spiced! Top with cream cheese frosting for an irresistible treat.

Pumpkin Cake

Here’s a recipe that’s just right for the season: this classic Pumpkin Cake recipe! It’s everything you want a pumpkin cake to be: thick and moist, scented with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The best part? A layer of tangy, fluffy cream cheese frosting is its ideal flavor match. It’s so classic and irresistible, you’ll want to make it for every gathering. It’s great for fall dinner parties, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or really anytime you’re craving pumpkin goodness! Let’s get to it.

Ingredients in this pumpkin cake recipe

This pumpkin cake recipe is exactly what we look for in this type of cake: beautifully moist and just sweet enough. It’s scented with just the right amount of pumpkin spices, and it’s not too rich. The recipe came about when we asked our 4 year old what else we should make with pumpkin and he said without missing a beat, “Pumpkin cake!” The cake base is similar to our Pumpkin Spice Muffins, and we created a new frosting recipe for the top. Here are the ingredients in this pumpkin cake:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  • Dark brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Eggs
  • Neutral oil
  • Unsweetened applesauce

The applesauce in combination with the pumpkin helps to make the cake incredibly moist without adding loads of oil or butter. The result is a just sweet enough, just rich enough cake!

Pumpkin Cake

For the topping: a lighter cream cheese frosting!

This pumpkin cake recipe is at its best with that classic topping: cream cheese frosting! Something about the tangy, creamy texture makes magic with the fluffy cake below. For this pumpkin cake, we created a lighter version of cream cheese frosting. Here’s what to know about it:

  • This frosting has half the butter of a traditional cream cheese frosting recipe. This means it’s a little bit softer of a texture than the standard, but just as delicious!
  • This frosting has less sugar than the standard cream cheese frosting. This also gives it a looser texture. Because of this we’d recommend using it for applications like a sheet cake, but not for piping cupcakes.

Alternate topping: powdered sugar!

The easiest way to top a pumpkin cake recipe? Douse it with powered sugar! This makes it a much lower calorie option, and it’s easier because you don’t have to mix up the frosting. It’s still delicious, but for top deliciousness we’d recommend making the cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Cake recipe

Let the cake cool completely before frosting

As with any cake, let this pumpkin cake cool completely before frosting it! If you’re impatient like we are, here’s how to cool a cake quickly:

  • Cool the cake at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Refrigerate until it’s room temperature, about 15 more minutes.

Pumpkin cake storage & make ahead instructions

Want to make this pumpkin cake ahead? Or want to save leftovers? Here’s what to know about storage:

  • Cake lasts 3 to 4 days refrigerated. It holds up well! Just bring to room temperature before serving: this is the best way to taste all the flavors.
  • You can freeze the cake for up to 3 months. Bake it and let it cool completely, then tightly wrap the unfrosted cake before freezing. Let it come to room temperature before frosting it!
Pumpkin Cake

More pumpkin recipes

When it’s pumpkin season, there’s nothing we crave more! Here are a few more desserts, breakfasts, snacks and drinks that make ideal pumpkin recipes:

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Pumpkin cake

Pumpkin Cake


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 to 16
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This classic pumpkin cake recipe is moist and perfectly spiced! Top with cream cheese frosting for an irresistible treat.


Ingredients

For the pumpkin cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup neutral oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

For the cream cheese frosting (optional)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13″ or equivalent baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and kosher salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, eggs, oil and applesauce. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Pour into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth into an even layer. 
  3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool until for 30 minutes, then refrigerate about 15 minutes until it comes to room temperature. (Or allow to cool and refrigerate it, then frost before serving.) If desired, dust with powdered sugar before serving or proceed to the cream cheese frosting (recommended). 
  4. Meanwhile, make the cream cheese frosting: Beat the room temperature butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until completely smooth. Reduce the speed to low, then add the vanilla. Slowly sift in the powdered sugar until thickened. Refrigerate the icing until frosting the cake.
  5. Spread the frosting on top of the cake to the desired thickness (you can use the entire batch or less if desired). Stores refrigerated for up to 3 to 4 days; bring to room temperature before serving. Freeze the completely cooled unfrosted cake tightly wrapped for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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