This Paleo Pumpkin Banana Smoothie is packed with filling and nutritious ingredients like almond milk, chia seeds, and protein powder. It also contains pumpkin pie spice and pure vanilla extract, making this smoothie taste more like pumpkin pie in a glass than a healthy smoothie!
Why You’ll Love This Paleo Pumpkin Smoothie
This time of year, everyone seems to start craving all things pumpkin — pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread … You name it, I guarantee someone has tried to put pumpkin in it. And for good reason!
Pumpkin pie spice is the essence of Fall. Just smelling it sparks memories of chillier days, red-toned leaves, warm drinks, cozy sweaters, and the start of baking season. Naturally, people crave pumpkin and pumpkin spice when they crave autumn activities.
This paleo pumpkin smoothie recipe is by far one of my all-time favorite ways to jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon. It’s ultra creamy, super filling, and iconically vibrant orange. With the sweetness from the bananas, the sweet flavor from the protein powder, and the aromatic notes from the vanilla, this is a great way to start your fall days.
Best of all, it’s paleo, vegan, and dairy-free!
You need less than 10 ingredients — many of which I’d bet you have in your pantry — to make this delicious and easy pumpkin banana smoothie in the comfort of home. Perfect for meal-prepping ahead of a busy week!
Almond Milk: Make sure it’s unsweetened so that there’s no unnecessary (and sneaky) added sugars.
Pumpkin Puree: NOT pumpkin pie filling! That’s completely different and packed with sugar and preservatives. Make sure it’s 100% pure pumpkin.
Protein Powder: Use what you have on-hand, as you only need one scoop per smoothie. You can use chocolate or vanilla, or pumpkin pie if you have it. My favorite protein powders are Organifi (plant-based), PaleoPro Protein Powder, or Legion Chocolate Protein Powder (whey protein).
Avocado: Just half of one makes this smoothie ultra creamy and smooth. It also takes the place of yogurt or other dairy-based thickeners.
Banana: You’ll need a whole frozen banana for this recipe. This gives it a texture similar to ice cream, but without the dairy or artificial sugar.
Chia Seeds: These pack this pumpkin smoothie with a lot of protein and make it filling enough to hold you over until your next meal.
Pumpkin Spice: Just one teaspoon gives this smoothie a ton of pumpkin pie flavor!
Ice: I like to add a handful of ice to my smoothies to make them cold and more smooth, but you can omit if you banana and avocado are frozen. You can even freeze your pumpkin puree in tablespoons or in an ice cube tray to eliminate the need to use ice.
How To Make a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
I love smoothies because they are so simple and easy to make at home. This pumpkin banana smoothie comes together in just 5 minutes! All you need to do to make this pumpkin banana smoothie is add all the ingredients to your high-speed blender, blend on high until smooth (stopping to scrape the sides as needed), pour into your desired glass, and enjoy immediately. That’s it!
Tips and Variations
If you want this smoothie to be a little sweeter, you can add some local honey, pure maple syrup, or stevia.
Add some old-fashioned oats to make this smoothie even more filling. Flax seeds or raw nuts like almonds would also do the trick!
Garnish your smoothie with some cocoa nibs like I did to compliment the chocolate protein powder.
Sub the avocado out for a nut butter of your choice.
Storage and Freezing Instructions
You can meal-prep this pumpkin pie smoothie ahead of a busy week by storing individual servings inside of sealed tumblers or glasses in your fridge for up to 5 days, or by freezing it to re-blend later as desired for up to 3 months. If making from frozen, just pop the frozen pumpkin banana smoothie directly in the blender, blend them up, and enjoy!