The Pumpkin-less Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

The Pumpkin-less Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Want to try a pumpkin pie smoothie that contains absolutely zero pumpkin?

Believe it or not, the first smoothie I ever tried that tasted exactly like a pumpkin pie actually didn’t contain any pumpkin. I think it was the smoothie that made me realize how amazingly versatile smoothies really are.

And you can almost make any flavor you want. I’ve made a smoothie that tasted exactly like a virgin bloody Mary but didn’t contained any tomatoes. And I’ve had a smoothie that tasted very similar to a squash soup with curry seasonings but contained no squash. It’s really crazy what you can do!

I know that anyone who lives in the southern United States probably doesn’t have access to fresh pumpkin anymore. I’m serious when I say you blink and the pumpkin season is gone for the year. In Austin, pumpkins would be in the grocery store for about two weeks. By Halloween, the pumpkin would disappear as though they never existed almost like a unicorn sighting. So I thought I’d share with you a pumpkin pie smoothie recipe that doesn’t call for using pumpkin.

Sure, you’ve got the canned stuff but who is going to buy a can of pumpkin just to make a smoothie? Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you. And if you are one of those individuals who do, I’ve got a great Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie that might be right up your alley.

But the truth of the matter is that fresh roasted pumpkin is always better than the canned stuff. So if you are like me when you don’t have access to fresh pumpkin, you just don’t use it. But that doesn’t stop you from wanting a pumpkin treat, especially during the holidays. So don’t you worry, I completely understand and I’ve got you covered!

How did I come up with this recipe?

Unfortunately, this is not a recipe I can claim as completely mine. As I stated earlier, this was a pumpkin pie smoothie I tried a few years ago. I remember it very distinctly, it was a special at a locally owned smoothie shop in October. The name of the drink had me interested but I wasn’t completely convinced that I was going to like it. After all, would you think that carrots and bananas with coconut water sound appealing?

Maybe you would. But I didn’t.

However, that has never stopped me from trying something especially food. This may sound strange but if my initial reaction to food is met with reluctance, I usually try it. I’ve always been of a mind that most things should be tried at least once and with food that is doubly true. So this is my version of that pumpkin pie smoothie. Although this doesn’t taste exactly like that one at the smoothie shop, I think I got pretty darn close. And as I always tend to do, made some adjustments on the drink that I personally find improves it.

Tips and Tricks for This Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Smoothies are a pretty straightforward drink to make. You just put everything in a blender and blend for a few minutes. Done! However, there are some nuances I have picked up over the years from making frozen fruit smoothies that just make them that much better. We are talking about smoothies that taste just like a milkshake. And like all my smoothies, this one is easily customizable. So here are some tips to make this the creamiest, silkiest, and tastiest smoothie you will ever have.

  • This one uses frozen fruit which just so happens to be bananas. Bananas are incredibly easy and quick to freeze on your own. I can break down a bunch of bananas in less than 5 minutes. You just need to plan a little ahead of time. Plus, this is a great way to minimize your waste too. All you need is either a freezer safe container or silicone storage bag. Stashers (affiliate link) are a great one! Peel and break the bananas into thirds or quarter pieces. Place them loosely in the container and let them freeze overnight or for a whole day. That’s it!
  • Overripe bananas are best. This is partly why I don’t suggested buying pre-packaged frozen bananas from the grocery store. These bananas usually tend to be a little under ripe and won’t taste as good. And trust me, overripe bananas really do make a smoother and sweeter drink. That being said, you can still use store bought ones for this recipe if you prefer.
  • You will need a high-performance blender to make this recipe. These appliances are more expensive than conventional machines but completely worth it. I have a Vitamix 5200 blender and I use it for all my recipes. However, I have been hearing really good things about the Blendtec Total Classic blender (affiliate link) as well and the price is comparable (or possibly cheaper) to the Vitamix. However, there are many good choices on the market so I suggest you do your research first before buying.
  • And like all my drinks, this one is easily customizable. Allergic to peanuts, you can trade them out for almonds or omit them entirely. Want to add some other spices? Try a ½ tsp ground cardamom, ¼ tsp. allspice, ¼ tsp. ground clove, and/or a dash of nutmeg. Don’t have hemp seeds? You could replace that with chia seeds or leave it out. Want it a little sweeter? Add 2 deglet dates. Want some greens? Add a handful of spinach. You won’t even taste it and it’s a great way to get some greens for the kiddos! You could also add a tablespoon of hemp, flax, or melted coconut oil for some extra fats!
  • If you’d like to use this as a meal replacement, workout drink, or just want a little extra protein, you can easily add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder to it. Unflavored and vanilla flavored protein powders work wonderfully! Hemp powder (affiliate link) is my favorite!
  • When using raw ginger, keep in mind a little goes a long way. A slice of ginger about 1/8 inch thick and 1-inch in diameter should be enough. You can, of course, adjust the size for more or less depending on your tastes. I wash them before use but I don’t bother to peel the outer skin off since my Vitamix does such a great job thoroughly blending everything. Although, you can choose to remove the skins if you desire. You can replace the raw ginger with a ½ tsp. ground ginger as well.
  • Since this recipe calls for two different liquids, I usually add the carrot juice first and then the coconut water (more veggies please!). I eyeball it by pouring until I’m about halfway and then pour in the coconut water until I get about 1 1/2 inches from the top of the fruit. If you are pretty new to making smoothies, I would recommend put both liquids in the same measuring cup and then pour into the blender as needed.
  • Lastly, I like to make my shakes very thick. To do this you need to pour in just enough milk that it sits about an inch to 1 1/2 inches below the very top of the bananas. Be conservative about this! You can always add more. Start the blender up on a very low setting and see how it does. If your blender is laboring to turn, just add more milk slowly until the blades turn. Be careful that you don’t crank the setting up too high before doing this or you’ll likely burn out your engine.

If you would like to know more in detail about the fine art of making smoothies with frozen fruit, my Smoothies 101 post might be useful.

That’s it! On to the recipe!

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The Pumpkin-less Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This pumpkin pie smoothie taste exactly like a pumpkin pie but contains zero pumpkin. It is healthy, vegan, low-waste, and delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: frozen fruit smoothie, healthy pumpkin smoothie recipe, pumpkin pie smoothie
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Tina


  • Blender
  • Measuring Cup and Spoons


  • 1 cup banana, frozen (about 1-1½ bananas)
  • 1 slice raw ginger (1" diameter & ⅛" thick)
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds or hemp hearts, hulled
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts (optional)


  • Place everything but the banana and liquids in the blender.
  • Add the bananas.
  • Pour in the carrot juice and coconut water until you reach about 1½ inch below the top of the bananas.
  • Turn on blender at the lowest setting and let it run until everything is starting to blend together. Add more liquid if needed to reach desired thickness.
  • Slowly turn the setting to high. Once you get the vortex, turn the blender off.
  • Serve immediately.½


Replace raw ginger with a 1/2 tsp. ground ginger.
If allergic to peanuts, substitute with almonds at the same amount.
Suggested extras:
Add a handful of spinach for some extra greens.
Add 1 tbsp. hemp, flax, or melted coconut oil.
Add a ½ tsp ground cardamom, ¼ tsp. allspice, ¼ tsp. ground clove, and/or a dash of nutmeg for more spice.
Add 1-2 tbsp. unflavored or vanilla flavored protein powder.

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18 thoughts on “The Pumpkin-less Pumpkin Pie Smoothie”

  • This first caught me like: What, a pumpking smoothie without pumpkin? No way!

    After reading it, I perfectly know why, and it is actually amazing how to do it!

    I’m going to surprise my wife with this recipe, and she will never believe it, until I will show her this post.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Hi Emmanuel! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to chat with me!

      Yeah I was the same way about it before I tried that smoothie and I couldn’t believe how much it tasted like a pumpkin pie. Even more so than a smoothie with actual pumpkin in it. 

      I think having a lot of exposure to vegan food has really brought this kind of stuff into perspective. There was this vegan quinoa bowl they sold at that same place and it tastes just like a spicy tuna sushi roll but there was no fish in it whatsoever. 

      It’s kind of crazy what you can do with food! Really the only limit is your imagination.

      If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also, I would love to hear about what you or your wife think of the recipe.

      Thanks again! Take care, Tina

  • Hallo there Tina, 

    This seems to be a really good smoothie for me at this time of the year.

    I have really missed pumpkins and I think this smoothie is the next thing I am going to have. 

    The recipe is really creative and would make a good fit for folks like me who have are huge fans of fresh pumpkins.

    I saw the photo of the pumpkin on your page and it actually got me craving. 🙂

    After this I’m definitely blending. Thanks for the great discovery.

    Looking forward to more of smoothie hacks.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Hi Dave! Thanks for the visit and taking the time to talk with me.

      I’ve been making a ton of foods with pumpkin in it since October. I’m living in the Portland, OR. area and pumpkins are still available in the food stores. I’ve lived in the south most of my life and always thought pumpkins were such a short-lived crop. So with this exposure I’m going crazy on the fresh pumpkin. 

      But I got to thinking about all my friends and family that still live in the south and they will be craving pumpkin too. So I thought I would try to come up with a version of that drink so everyone who doesn’t have pumpkin available can still have a great fall treat.

      Please let me know if any questions come up. Also, I would love to hear back on what you thought of the recipe!

      Thanks again, Tina

  • This is a really cool recipe! I had no idea that you were able to create such complex flavors simply by combining other flavors together. I’d love to see more like this; where you show us how to achieve really unique flavors that we wouldn’t be able to get normally by mixing other flavors. Do you think this is a topic you’d be interested in creating more of? And on another note, is that your smoothie? Looks great! 

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Danny! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to talk with me!

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad you like the idea behind the smoothie. I am actually planning on posting more unique smoothie recipes like this one. I’ve got a great recipe that tastes like a virgin bloody Mary but has no tomato in it. I discovered that recipe when I was trying to reduce the sugar in my smoothies. 

      If you are referring to the smoothie in the pictures, that is the smoothie that I made. Thank you for the compliment!

      I hope you try this recipe! If you have any questions or feedback on how the smoothie worked out for you, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I always love hearing back from everyone!

      Take care, Tina

  • Pumpkin spice smoothie looks excellent! Who would have thought that you could make a pumpkin smoothie without pumpkin?

    My wife makes smoothies all the time so she’s the expert. But this one is different. I’m reading your ingredients and it doesn’t look too difficult to make.

    I’m printing this out for her to make and I like the fact that it’s vegan and gluten-free as well.We both can’t wait to taste this pumpkin spice smoothie!

    Your tips for frozen fruit smoothies are very helpful too! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Rob! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me!

      Thanks so much! I really love frozen fruit smoothies. They are not hard to make but just a few tricks to it that I had to discover over time on my own. Like for one having a really good blender makes all the difference. I wanted to pass on this information so anyone can enjoy smoothies.

      I hope you both enjoy this smoothie recipe. Please let me know how it worked out for you! Also, if you have any questions come up, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m here to help!

      Thanks again! Take care, Tina

  • I must say that I will enjoy in this awesome recipe. I like pumpkins but just like you have said this a great replacement for it. What is most important for me is that this smoothie is very healthy and full of fibers and vitamins that our body need. I have a blender so I only need to put this powerful ingredients in it and job done. Thank you a lot for this healthy recipe.

    • Hi Daniel! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to talk with me!

      Smoothies are a wonderful way to get your daily vegetables. In fact, add a handful of spinach in this smoothie and you won’t even notice it’s there! The only trick to this is slightly reduce your liquid a tad bit more and put the spinach in first before anything else. It helps to blend it up properly.

      I hope you try this recipe! If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will gladly help out! Also, I would love to hear back on what you think of it!

      Thanks again and take care, Tina

  • Heyyy! So it is possible to make smoothie that tastes like a pumpkin pie without actually having pumpkin in it. Thank you for sharing this tip and guide to make smoothie pumpkin that tastes like a pumpkin pie without pumpkin. I love it that you made the steps downloadable. You’ve done well

    • Hi and thank you so much!

      It’s possible to make almost any flavor out there into a smoothie. Really the only limit to smoothies is your imagination. I’m really glad you enjoyed the post! I try to make my recipes as clear and easy to follow as possible.

      I hope you give this recipe a try! If you have any questions, just get in touch and I will gladly help out. Likewise, I would love to hear what you think of it! 

      Thanks again! Take care, Tina

  • Hi, Tina. I love smoothies! Why leave out the pumpkin? I love pumpkins too! I ate some roasted pumpkin as part of this evening’s supper. It was delicious. I don’t like the orange pumpkin. I much prefer the green, plain knarled pumpkin. They have much more flavour than the orange variety. One of my regular smoothies is a ‘breakfast smoothie’ from Deliciously Ella. It is summer fruit berries, spinach, oats, hemp, chia seeds and a banana. There! All from memory. I had a look around your site. Who would have thought of putting goat cheese with strawberries? I have got to try that! I bookmarked that page.Best wishes, Paul.

    • Hi Paul! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to chat with me!

      I love pumpkin too. In fact, if you are looking for a smoothie recipe with pumpkin in it, this Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie recipe I posted a few weeks ago might be right up your alley.

      When I put this recipe together, I was thinking of anyone who lives in a warmer climate where pumpkins may not be available anymore. I thought it’s such a shame that they don’t have fresh pumpkin and with the holidays rolling up pretty soon, this might be a great way for them to enjoy the season.

      Chia and hemp seeds are so good for you. I’ve been thinking about posting some smoothie recipes that have both of those superfoods in them. In fact, you could easily add all those ingredients other than the fruit to this recipe and it would probably taste great. Like a pumpkin pie oatmeal.

      That’s funny you found my strawberry and goat cheese smoothie recipe. It’s one of my favorite smoothies but I treat it like a dessert as it does have more calories than most.

      I hope you enjoy both the recipes! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also, I would love to hear back on what you think of them.

      Thanks again, Tina

  • Excellent…  I love smoothie  lot and I have enjoyed series of flavour.  this recipe you share for sure is awesome.  I will try it out with some modifications anyway 😂. 

    I have also enjoyed banana 🍌  with groundnut and milk blended.  This smoothie tastes great as well thanks to my wife. 

    • Hi Olonisakin! Thanks for the visit and taking time to talk with me!

      Bananas really do go very well with any kind of nut out there. You can either throw in a handful of whole nuts or a tablespoon of nut butter into any smoothie with banana and have something awesome to drink.

      And please change up this recipe how ever you see fit! I would love to hear what ideas you’ve got and see a picture of the drink. I’m always looking to expand my horizons!

      If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m here to help!

      Thanks again and take care, Tina

  • THIS SMOOTHIE. Can we talk about this smoothie please?
    It is SO good and tastes EXACTLY like pie. This is officially in my top 3 list of favorite smoothies. It had my 2 year old asking for “please more pie please!”. We’re definitely going to be making this one a LOT 🙂 Thank you for posting this!

    • Hi Julz!

      I’m so happy that your little tyke and you loved this smoothie! My little girl is a pretty big fan of it too. It’s such a great way to get extra veggies in them, isn’t it?
      Thank you for trying it and letting me know how much you liked it! You made my day!

      Best, Tina

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