Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe (Without Pumpkin)

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe (Without Pumpkin)

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Craving a smoothie that tastes like a pumpkin pie but has no pumpkin?

Believe it or not, the first smoothie I ever tried that tasted exactly like a pumpkin pie actually didn’t contain any pumpkin. Can you believe that? 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 contained zero 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 spice 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.

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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 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 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 Smoothies with Frozen Fruit

Like all my smoothies, this one uses frozen fruit which just so happens to be only bananas. Bananas are incredibly easy topumpkin smoothie photos freeze on your own. You just need to plan a little ahead of time. If they are available, you can buy frozen bananas at your local grocery store. But with how easy it is to freeze them at home, there really is no need to.

Plus, overripe bananas are really best for smoothies and I don’t think the prepackaged ones will be. So if you’ve got a few bananas that you were planning to turn into banana bread, you can freeze them instead!

All you need is either a freezer safe container or plastic storage bag. Peel and break the bananas into thirds or quarter pieces. Place them in the container and let them freeze overnight or for a day. That’s it. I can break down a bunch of bananas in less than 10 minutes. And trust me, overripe bananas really do make a better, sweeter smoothie.

I am a huge advocate for frozen fruit smoothies over fresh fruit or ice. They are much creamier and more flavorful. It’s like drinking a healthy ice cream shake. The only real downside to making smoothies with frozen fruit is you really need a good high-performance blender with variable speeds. The standard ones usually just can’t keep up.

I personally use a Vitamix 5200 series blender and I love it! It is the most used small appliance in my kitchen beside the stovetop. I use it so much daily that it has a permanent place on my counter top and I’ve got very limited counter space in my kitchen, unfortunately. It really makes me cry sometimes (the kitchen, not the blender).

A high-performance blender can do many things that a standard blender cannot. It can serve a range of functions from blending smoothies to emulsifying salad dressings to making hummus, soup, and even nut butters. If you are interested in knowing more about the Vitamix 5200 blender, I wrote a review about it in detail here. Since I use a Vitamix blender, all my instructions are focused around the speeds and functions of this particular machine. However, the controls of other high-performance blenders are very similar so it shouldn’t be hard to translate the instructions to a different blender.pumpkin spice photo

The only other thing worth mentioning briefly is how much liquid to use. I like my smoothies so thick that you really need one of those bubble tea straws or a spoon to eat it. To achieve this kind of consistency, you really need to err on the side of conservative with the juice, milk, or other liquid. Just be careful doing this as it can overtax your machine.

Since this recipe calls for three different liquids, I usually put the smaller amount in first and then fill the rest with the larger amount until I get about 1-inch from the top of the fruit. You can even try 1 1/2 inches from the top. In this case, I would recommend put all three liquids in the same measuring cup and then pour into the blender as needed.

When you are ready to blend, just turn your machine on the lowest setting. If your blender blades are not turning properly, slowly add more juice while the machine is on until they do. I usually leave my blender on a low setting like 2 or 3 for the first minute until the banana pieces are just beginning to break up. Then slowly increase your speed to 10. Once you are getting the vortex at the top hit the variable switch (if you have one) to high or simply blend on the highest setting for about 30 more seconds. That’s it!

If you would like to know more in detail about the fine art of making smoothies with frozen fruit, I’ve got a comprehensive post all about it here.

Now let’s get to blending!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Have a craving for pumpkin but do not have any pumpkin on hand? We got you covered! This is a smoothie that tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie but actually has no pumpkin in it. It's completely vegan and gluten-free.

Course: Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot and banana smoothie, carrot banana smoothie, carrot banana smoothie recipe, vegan pumpkin smoothie recipe
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 262 kcal
Author: Tina
  • 1 1/2 cups banana, frozen (approx. 2 medium)
  • 1 slice fresh ginger (approx. 1/4" thick)
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds, hulled
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • dash nutmeg, ground
  • dash clove, ground
  • dash allspice, ground
  • 1/4 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup carrot juice
  1. Place everything in the blender but the liquids.

  2. Pour the almond milk, coconut water, and carrot juice in the same measuring cup. Add enough of the carrot juice and almond milk mixture until it sits 1 inch below the top of the fruit.

  3. 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.

  4. Slowly turn the setting to high.

  5. Once the smoothie is thoroughly blended and you are getting the vortex at the top, turn the variable switch to high (if you have the option) or let it blend on the highest setting possible for additional 5 seconds.

  6. Immediately serve.

Recipe Notes

If you do not have fresh ginger on hand, substitute with a 1/4 tsp. ground ginger.

I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It’s completely vegan and gluten-free. It’s just what you need for a pumpkin pie craving!

Got a favorite topping you enjoy on your pumpkin pie?

I would love to hear about it! Chances are we can get it in your drink too. Just leave me a comment below. Likewise, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Blending!

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16 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe (Without Pumpkin)”

  • 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

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