Want a tasty treat that gives you a little caffeine boost? Try this pumpkin coffee smoothie! You’ll get just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, mixed with pumpkin spice and vanilla, and of course – your daily dose of coffee. Perfect for fall mornings!
Note: This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated in 2022.
Ingredients and Instructions
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe, along with selected ingredient notes:
- Frozen bananas – Peel a few, place in zip top bags, and pop them in freezer ahead of time – that way you always have a frozen banana on hand when it’s smoothie time. Frozen banana lends a nice creaminess to smoothies. I recommend freezing bananas with brown spots, as those are a little sweeter than purely yellow bananas.
- Pumpkin – This refers to plain canned pumpkin or roasted pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
- Cold brew – This type of coffee is less acidic and bitter than traditional brewed coffee, and it’s my fav! But you can easily just use leftover hot coffee that you’ve chilled in the fridge if you prefer.
- Unsweetened almond milk – I like using unsweetened almond milk plus a little maple syrup in this recipe – but if you’ve only got sweetened almond milk or regular milk on hand, both of those make great substitutes and you typically don’t need to add the maple syrup in that case.
- You’ll also need: pumpkin spice, vanilla, pure maple syrup, ice cubes
Once you’ve got all your ingredients, just toss ‘em all in a blender.
Blend for about 30 seconds and enjoy!
The texture of this smoothie is a little thinner than some of my other recipes, but I really enjoy it as part of my breakfast or as a mid-morning treat.
Here are some questions that may come up as you’re preparing this recipe:
If you don’t have ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice, use ½ teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of either nutmeg, allspice, or cloves.
Yes. Just use the equivalent amount of homemade puree as it calls for canned puree.
It is possible to use grated raw pumpkin, but not ideal. Pumpkin puree has been cooked which brings out the flavor and sweetness, and makes for a tastier smoothie.
Yes. Feel free to add ½ scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to boost the protein content of the smoothie.
As a dietitian, I really love this pumpkin coffee smoothie as a tasty treat that also provides some nutrition benefits:
- Carbs to help fuel your fitness. Carbs are not evil, y’all. They are very much an important part of most athlete’s diets, and help to supply energy for working muscles.
- Iron to support oxygen transport to working muscles. Iron is essential for everyone, especially athletes, and this smoothie provides 10% of your daily needs.
- Magnesium to play a role in various energy and exercise processes. This smoothie provides 15% of your daily needs. [Learn more about why magnesium is important for active women.]
- Potassium to support electrolyte balance and blood pressure regulation. This smoothie has more than 700 mg of potassium!
And at only 187 calories, it’s definitely a snack that can fit into anyone’s meal plan.
More Smoothie Recipes
Looking for other smoothie recipes that taste great? Try one of these options!
I hope you enjoy this healthy coffee pumpkin smoothie. It’s a favorite around here and has been for years! If you get a chance to try it, feel free to leave a recipe rating or comment below.
Pumpkin Coffee Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- ¾ cup cold brew (or chilled leftover coffee)
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk)
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup (optional for taste)
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 3 ice cubes
- Add all ingredients to a blender cup. Blend well and enjoy!
- If you’d like to boost the protein content, feel free to add ½ scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder.
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