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With just the right amount of pumpkin spice, this rich and creamy Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie is the perfect taste of fall. It makes a great breakfast or snack, and if you add some optional dark leafy greens, you’ll get a double dose of veggies in a sweet and healthy treat!
Creamy Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie
If you’ve never combined pumpkin and autumn spices and chocolate, you’ve gotta try a chocolate pumpkin spice smoothie. It really might be one of the best gluten-free pumpkin recipes because you get all that pumpkinny flavor without a lot of effort. I mean, just because you are craving pumpkin doesn’t mean you have time to make a pumpkin pie!
But back to the pumpkin and chocolate. I was skeptical at first. Even the combination of chocolate and spice was a little strange to me until became obsessed with Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal. But once I tried it, I realized how inspired of a combination it is.
I can’t put my finger on it, but it just works. No one flavor overpowers the other, and they all work in a glorious harmony. If you don’t want to commit to a full Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake just yet, then dip your toes in the water by trying this twist on a pumpkin pie smoothie.
Making a Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie
I always love finding healthy ways to enjoy a chocolate treat, and this easy pumpkin smoothie recipe is one of them. With pumpkin and the optional spinach or other dark, leafy green, you have the opportunity to get in two servings of veggies. Greek yogurt gives you a good dose of protein, and the frozen banana makes it creamy and adds some fruit and potassium. Cinnamon is awesome for blood sugar control. And chocolate, well, it’s a superfood!
- Milk: You can use dairy or nondairy. I use unsweetened almond milk.
- Pumpkin puree: Just plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.
- Pumpkin pie spice: You can use one that you purchase, or cadd cinnamon, ginger, nut, and cloves.
- Cocoa powder: I just use Hershey’s but you can also use a cacao powder.
- Greek yogurt: You can use plain or vanilla, but you’ll havwe to adjust the amount of yogurt and banan depending on which you choose to get the right sweetness and consistency. To make it vegan, use nondairy yogurt.
- Frozen banana: A nice, ripe one, cut into chunks. You’ll need half if you used sweetenend yogurt, or the full one if you use plain.
- Dark leafy greens: This is optional. I like to use babay spinach because it completely blends up and disappears, and you don’t taste it at all. But you cna use kale or any other green.
- Ice cubes: Adjust to your desired thickness and consistency.
Add-ins: Feel free to add chia seeds, flaxseed, hemp seeds, collagen powder, protein powder, or any other nutritional or super food mix-in to up the nutrition factor!
Now just add all of the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. You can add additional ice or milk if you need to adjust the thickness to your preference. Pour it into a glass and enjoy right away!
The Best Blender for Making Smoothies
I always recommend a high-powered blender like the Blendtec for the smoothest, most creamy smoothies. The Mini Wildside+ Jar is the perfect size for one or two smoothies. You can even use the “Smoothie” setting to have it gradually increase the speed to perfectly incorporate the liquids and frozen ingredients. Note, I do usually stop it a little before the cycle is over because I prefer an extra thick smoothie.
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Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie
- 3/4 cup unsweetenend almond milk, or regular dairy milk
- Handful of baby spinach, kale, or other dark, leafy greens (optional)
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling
- 5.3 oz. container vanilla Greek yogurt (about 2/3 cup) OR 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- half of a frozen ripe banana, cut into chunks if you use the vanilla yogurt, or a full frozen banana if you use the plain
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, pinch cloves
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Add the milk, spinach ro greens (if using), pumpkin, yogurt, banana, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, and ice cubes to your blended and blend until smoothie, adding addiotonal ice or milk to adjust to our desired consistency and texture.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
More chocolate smoothie recipes
As I said, I love a healthy way to enjoy a chocolaty treat, and chocolate smoothies are perfect for that. There are so many ways to make them too!