Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Badge for Pumpkin SeriesI realized that I hadn’t shared any new pumpkin recipes yet this fall, so just last night I decided to do a pumpkin series this week. Hey, Lauren (Celiac Teen) thought it was a good idea when I broached the subject on Twitter! I hope you do, too, as today I’m kicking off my Pumpkin Pie Plus ... series with a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie topped with Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream! I had one for breakfast right before I headed out the door to work this morning. Perfect for a Monday morning or any morning … or a snack .. or a dessert. You get the picture—enjoy!

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free + More Free)
(Click here for a printable version of both recipes.)

1 cup pumpkin puree, chilled (fresh or canned)
½ cup full-fat coconut milk, chilled
½ cup filtered water
1 sliced, frozen ripe banana
1 tbsp almond flour (optional)
1 tbsp hemp seed (optional)
A tablespoon or two of honey (or agave nectar or maple syrup), to taste
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice, or more to taste
Honey-cinnamon (or maple-cinnamon) whipped cream, optional for topping (see recipe below)

Prepare glasses by dipping rims into shallow bowl of water and then cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Combine all ingredients in blender. Cover and blend on high until smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds.

Pour into prepared glasses or pint-sized Mason jars as I did. Top with a small dollop of honey or maple cinnamon whipped cream. Serve.

Honey-Cinnamon (or Maple-Cinnamon) Whipped Cream

1 cup of coconut “cream”
¼ cup honey (or slightly less maple syrup)
½ tsp cinnamon, to taste

The day or night before preparing, chill one can of coconut milk, your mixing bowl, and beaters in refrigerator. (I try to keep 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator at all times for making ice cream and whipped cream.) Skim about one cup of the “cream” off the top … that’s what I’m calling the thick, non-liquid substance that forms when you refrigerate full-fat coconut milk for at least 24 hours in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Add the coconut cream to a chilled bowl. Whip coconut cream with chilled beaters until it reaches its whipped cream state. Gradually add honey (or maple syrup), then cinnamon. Whip again until it turns to whipped cream with at least soft peaks remaining when you stop whipping. (Chill whipped cream if you are not going to use immediately. Save remaining whipped cream for pie recipe, which will be shared later this week.)

Original recipes by Shirley Braden

Shirley’s Notes: This smoothie recipe was inspired by a recipe from the Mother Nature News Network. That recipe used pumpkin, evaporated milk, and yogurt only. This smoothie recipe is more allergen-free and also packs more of a nutritional punch while still offering a luscious pumpkin pie-flavored treat. Note that I used fresh pumpkin puree, which is lighter in color than canned pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin puree also has a higher moisture content than canned pumpkin, so if using canned pumpkin, you may need to add additional water to get your smoothie to the right drinking consistency. (FYI—I baked my sugar pumpkins whole this time, following the method that clever Kelly of The Spunky Coconut uses. Baking via that method yields the very beautiful pumpkins shown in the series badge.) Chia seed can be used instead of hemp seed. I used hemp because it is less noticeable in the mixture. If serving this smoothie to children, hemp seed might be preferable. If your ingredients for the smoothie aren’t already chilled and your banana is not sliced and frozen, just add several ice cubes when blending to achieve the same effect. However, Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream does require chilling of coconut milk at least overnight, preferably longer, so plan ahead. Be sure to dip your glasses into date sugar (or coconut sugar) and cinnamon to keep this smoothie refined sugar free.

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent TuesdaysHearth and Soul, Food on Fridays, Foodie FridayNewlyweds Blog Pumpkin Linkup, Friday Foodie Fix–Cinnamon, Seasonal Sunday, Wellness Weekend, and Whole Food Fridays.

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71 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream”

  1. Mir on October 25th, 2010 12:18 pm

    We are huge smoothie fans AND I have a new workhorse of a blender, so I know exactly what we’re having for breakfast tomorrow! :) Thanks, Shirley!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:02 pm

      Hi Mir!–I surre hope you all enjoyed your smoothie. I’m wondering if you left out the almond flour and chia and if it had too strong a banana taste as a result. I was just discussing that possibility with some others. Might have to add a note to the recipe. Let me know if you get a moment … be honest, too. :-)


  2. Johanna B on October 25th, 2010 12:39 pm

    Can’t wait to try this tonight. All the ingredients are waiting in my kitchen. Also, we’re having the “Special Turkey Breast” again this TG. My family is already asking for it.

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:04 pm

      Hi Johanna–Great to see you again! My mouth started watering when you mentioned the Special Turkey Breast. I’m not cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I might have to make that just for us beforehand. ;-) I love that your family asks for that recipe. People who love it really love it!

      Hope you liked the smoothies! Let us know if you made them just as described (even with almond flour and chia seed) and what you thought.


  3. Sophie on October 25th, 2010 12:50 pm

    Waw, Shirley!! I am so going to make these tomorrw!! I love these healthy shakes!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:05 pm

      Hi Sophie!–Thanks. :-) Waiting on your feedback on these delish healthy shakes. ;-)


  4. Zoe on October 25th, 2010 1:17 pm

    This looks marvelous, Shirley! :) It looks and sounds like a healthier, maybe breakfast version, of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte. Wil have to try it sometime!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:07 pm

      Hi Zoe–Sure, a cold latte without the coffee? ;-) That works for me since I don’t do coffee except IN desssert usually. I bet this concoction would be good heated up, too. Hmmm, must try that soon … I can never get enough pumpkin!


      • Zoe on October 26th, 2010 2:15 pm

        Without the coffee! Whenever I have coffee, it’s always decaf but I don’t need it per se: it’s just something nice to have, once in a while.

        Also – for some reason, I’ve been getting your email updates twice, sometimes within the same day you’ve posted something new. It doesn’t bother me by any means, though I thought I’d just let you know that. :)

        • Shirley on October 27th, 2010 10:16 am

          Hi Zoe–I’m big on decaf … caffeine and I don’t do well together. I save my small tolerance for the caffeine in chocolate most of the time. ;-)

          I subscribe to my own feed so I see what goes out. I’m pretty sure that the ones you’ve seen twice are ones where I’ve edited the post title. Sometimes I do that when I forget things like the Honey Cinnamon Whipped Cream for the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. (I mean that’s important info, right? LOL) Other times I edit the title intentionally so the feed will go back out, like when a giveaway ends. I remove the word giveaway which no longer “flags” the post as a giveaway so no false advertising there, but the feed goes back out and folks can easily see that the winner has been announced. Usually these title changes don’t happen often, but sometimes they can be close togeher. Thanks for the alert though! Since I had serious feed issues about a month ago, I do need to know if there are problems.


  5. Maggie on October 25th, 2010 1:37 pm

    Oh my Shirley this is incredible! And I love the recipe for honey whipping cream using COCONUT milk! I can’t wait to try it. I always have two cans of coconut milk in the fridge – ever since I read one of your summer ice cream posts!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:08 pm

      Hi Maggie–This tasted so good to me and was a great way to start the day with the almond flour and chia included. :-) The coconut whipped cream is just the best. So easy to make and so many variations. I’m already thinking of some new ones as we speak. ;-)


  6. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats on October 25th, 2010 1:42 pm

    Oh wow – this smoothie looks amazing :)

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:10 pm

      Hi Valerie–Thank you so much, dear! Seeing you here makes me realize that I’ve been neglecting you and your blog … oh, no! Do you have email subscription? RSS feed is lost on me … I must have that email reminding me to come visit. ;-)


  7. Alisa - Frugal Foodie on October 25th, 2010 2:36 pm

    Oh Shirley, I looooove pumpkin pie smoothies! Love the honey cream addition, a perfect topper.

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:11 pm

      Hey Alisa–They are irresistible, aren’t there? ;-) Only a little dollop of the honey cinnamon whipped cream is needed, but it does elevate this smoothie to the super irresistible level. LOL, but true!


  8. Kelly on October 25th, 2010 4:26 pm

    Lovely, Shirley! You know I *love* all these ingredients! :-) Also thanks for the shout-out! Hugs!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:12 pm

      Hi Kelly–Oh, you’re always so sweet, dear. This does sound like a perfect smoothie for The Spunky Coconut family! Hey, I had to give you a shout out … if I hadn’t used your method, I wouldn’t have gotten that beautiful photo to use as my series button. ;-)


  9. Linda on October 25th, 2010 8:31 pm

    Sounds delicious, Shirley! Coconut milk is a sure winner for the dairy free diet, and I bet it’s great paired with pumpkin. One of these days I need to try it in my pumpkin pie recipe.

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:14 pm

      Hi Linda–Thanks! Coconut milk is perfect in this treat for sure, and you’re right it’s been a lifesaver to me for eating dairy free. I haven’t tried it in my pumpkin pie yet either, but a lot of folks have … with great success, I might add. :-)


  10. Celiacs in the House on October 25th, 2010 9:24 pm

    Just got over my green smoothie fears and am now addicted. Is this the next phase? I do love pumpkin.

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:16 pm

      Hi Wendy–LOL … it’s a side phase … just for October. ;-) I actually took my leftovers from this smoothie and threw in spinach this morning. Even better. Green, but still tasted like pumpkin pie! I love all kinds of healthy smoothies. :-)


  11. Kim @ Cook It Allergy Free on October 26th, 2010 12:58 am

    Well, you have just inspired my breakfast for us all tomorrow morning. I told Lexie the other day that as long as I call it a Pumpkin -Pie Milkshake my kids will drink this right up! I love adding some almond flour. That is a great idea!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 11:48 am

      Hi Kim–Ha ha … yep, “pie” and “milkshake” make almost anything acceptable. ;-) This is good though, and while I said the almond flour and chia were optional, I do feel that you might taste the banana too much with the other ingredients. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, but it would detract from the pumpkin pie vibe! I often add a little almond flour to my smoothies … to get in some protein and good fat. :-)


  12. Ricki on October 26th, 2010 8:17 am

    Sounds delicious, Shirley! I actually bake all my squashes that way–it’s just so much easier (and I am rather lazy). ;) Looking forward to more of the Great Pumpkins!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 11:52 am

      Hi Ricki–Thanks! I’m a member of the lazy club, but have only recently started cooking pumpkin and squash that way. I think I’m afraid that I’m going to waste some if I do it the lazy way. You know … the scraping and peeling after the fact that can pull away valuable “meat.” Maybe I just need more practice. ;-)

      Today’s pumpkin post will be up later this evening. My baking plans for this morning did not go well. LOL


  13. Hallie @ Daily Bites on October 26th, 2010 8:24 am

    This looks beautiful and delicious!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 11:53 am

      Thanks so much, Hallie! They came out pretty well. I had enough left over for one this morning and upped the nutrition by adding in spinach. It was no longer orange … in fact, it was very green, but it still tasted like pumpkin pie. :-)


  14. Christy on October 26th, 2010 8:58 am

    what a wonderfully healthy and delicious smoothie – I know my kids are going to love this – a perfect afterschool treat! I love to make coconut whipped cream but have never added honey – I can’t wait to taste it! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 11:57 am

      Hi Christy–I hope this smoothie is a hit at your house! Note that if you don’t include the almond flour or chia, it might have a stronger banana flavor. You might have to up the pumpkin pie spice or something. I need to add that info to the recipe, so folks will know. The coconut whipped cream is delightful with honey and some cinnamon. It’s a versatile topping. ;-)

      Thanks for allowing me to join in the Hearth and Soul Hop. :-) There are some fantastic recipes there!

  15. Jennifer R. on October 26th, 2010 10:13 am

    Yum-o!! Definitely printing this one out :) I know my kids will love it. And yes, I always have cans of coconut milk in the back of my fridge too.

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:18 pm

      Hi Jennifer R.–You’re such a good mom to have coconut milk at the ready for ice cream, smoothies, etc.! This is yummy for sure. I know you’ll include the almond flour and chia, so I won’t tell you that it might taste too banana-like (perhaps) without those two ingredients.


  16. Laurie on October 26th, 2010 11:24 am

    Thanks for sharing! This looks yummy. :-)

    • Shirley on October 26th, 2010 12:23 pm

      Hi Laurie–Thanks so much! :-) My pleasure to share … always, and welcome to gfe!

      Checked out your latest post very quickly. I love reading how others spend their days! Will definitely be back when I have more time. ;-)


  17. Kay Guest on October 26th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Hey Shirley! Wow, these photos of the smoothies actually made me lick my lips and say “mmmmm”…
    :-) Great recipe & photos! Kay

    • Shirley on October 27th, 2010 10:18 am

      Kay–Now that’s a very nice compliment–thanks! These smoothies are pretty yummy if I do say so myself. Pumpkin doesn’t have to be reserved just for pies. ;-)


  18. Lisa on October 27th, 2010 1:38 am

    What a delicious way to use pumpkin.

    • Shirley on October 27th, 2010 10:21 am

      Hi Lisa–Thanks! Yes, pumpkin doesn’t have to be in a baked good or savory dish to be consumed. These smoothies are quite nice. :-)


  19. Andrea on October 27th, 2010 12:28 pm

    I am drinking one of these right now! This is really good! I am pretty new to being gluten and dairy free, so I’m still learning a lot of stuff. Making whipped cream out of coconut milk never even occurred to me until I read this post – thank you so much! Now I’ll still be able to have whipped cream with my (gluten-free) pie this Thanksgiving. :)

    • Shirley on October 28th, 2010 9:59 am

      Hi Andrea–First, it looks like you are new to gfe, too–welcome! :-) Second, your comment made my day yesterday! Nothing is better than getting feedback, especially positive feedback. I’m so glad that you found your gf/df pumpkin pie smoothie so tasty. As far as the original whipped cream concept, that came from my dear friend, Diane, over at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang. I’ve just taken her whipped coconut cream idea and made different variations. It’s so easy. I love being able to whip up simple and healthy df whipped cream on the spot. ;-) I’m so happy you’re going to have whipped cream on your pie at Thanksgiving now!


  20. Butterpoweredbike on October 27th, 2010 4:03 pm

    Holy cow, these look like a decadent dessert treat. I’ll tell ya, I just can’t get enough pumpkin. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    • Shirley on October 28th, 2010 10:24 am

      Hi Butterpoweredbike–Well, they have a decadent taste for sure, but they are pretty healthy. One only needs a little pint jar full though. The second day I added spinach and had a green pumpkin pie smoothie … so delish. :-)

      I’m so happy to join in the Hearth and Soul hop!

  21. kristen on October 29th, 2010 12:54 am

    Newbie here!

    I cannot wait to try this out!! I’ve been dairy-free for about 7 mths due to my son’s dairy allergy. This fall I have craved pumpkin milkshakes, pumpkin blizzard, etc etc but have gone without – Now I finally have a dairy free recipe that sounds absolutely freakin’ awesome! Thank you! I will rush to the store tomorrow to get coconut milk. I think I’m going to be using a lot of it in the future. (thanks for the info on coconut whip cream, too!)

    p.s. is the full fat coconut milk the same thing that’s sold in the milk section at the store? They have original, unsweetened, sweetened coconut milk versions I think. Is that what I should get or is the full fat coconut milk typically found in another isle at the store?
    – sorry, a newbie to coconut milk products. :)

    • Shirley on October 29th, 2010 9:28 am

      Hi Kristen–Welcome to gfe! :-) I think this smoothie will satisfy your pumpkin beverage craving nicely. Note that if you are not adding almond flour and chia seed, you might want to up the pumpkin pie spice or add a tad more pumpkin to balance the banana. The banana provides great thickness and texture, but without the almond flour and chia, the smoothie might taste too banany. As far as the coconut milk, I’ve only used the canned coconut milk, which is on the same aisle in my store where the condensed milk, evaporated milk, etc. are displayed. I *think* that the So Delicious coconut milk in the refrigerator section is thinner and less coconut tasting. So I suspect that if you want to use that, you could just use that instead of both the full-fat coconut milk and water. Please let me know how it turns out and which route you go! Fingers crossed that you will love your new dairy-free pumpkin beverage. ;-)

      BTW, just took a look at your blog … belated happy first birthday to your son. Such a momentous occasion! And, your cake looked delicious to me. ;-) If you let him do the classic first BD thing of grabbing a handful or two, he “destroyed” it anyway. LOL


      • kristen on November 3rd, 2010 2:23 pm

        Finally got to try this recipe today and YUM!

        Made a few changes based on what I had on hand & could find in the store easily. Used canned coconut milk but accidentally got the low-fat can.

        Instead of water, I used So Delicious coconut milk. Couldn’t find almond flour so I skipped it. I added a ton more pumpkin spice since I like the flavor. Also used 2 tbsp of honey. Used a fresh pumpkin puree that I made a while back — it didn’t come from a pie pumpkin so not much flavor in the sweetness department hence the reason I think I needed more honey.

        I am now sharing this smoothie with my 1 yr old in hopes of sneaking in more tasty nutrients into his little body! (He loves most of the smoothies I make him – typically he’ll drink a sippy cup full a day. Makes this momma happy!)

        BTW So Delicious coconut milk IS watered down & hardly tastes like coconut milk at all! (I bought both this and canned coconut milk so I could do a taste test.) I think it would probably taste alright as milk for cereal or in baking but if you want the full coconut taste, canned coconut milk is by far the better choice.

        p.s. My son didn’t do the whole cake smash thing. He got some on his hand and hated it! LOL! I don’t think he liked the stickiness of the icing.

        • Shirley on November 4th, 2010 11:19 am

          Hi Kristen–Your version sure sounds like a winner to me! I always just sort of go with what I have on hand or what is available to me. I certainly wouldn’t buy almond flour just to add to my smoothies, but I almost always have some so I add it. ;-) I love that your son is enjoying this smoothie with you–woohoo! :-)

          I’ve heard that about So Delicious coconut milk, but haven’t found it to try myself. I like the coconut milk for the lusciousness it adds. I don’t think it tastes too coconutty, but I think I’m used to it.

          LOL on your son being different with his BD cake … I don’t think my son went wild over the cake smash idea either. ;-)


  22. Jenna @ Newlyweds on October 29th, 2010 11:57 am

    Oh this looks delicious!! I am hosting a pumpkin linky this week on my blog, I would love for you to join in.

    • Shirley on October 29th, 2010 5:42 pm

      Hi Jenna–Thanks on both counts! Will check out your linky! :-)


  23. Jennifer on October 29th, 2010 1:12 pm

    This looks so good! Almost too good for breakfast :) I will definitely be trying this out soon!

    • Shirley on October 29th, 2010 6:13 pm

      Hi Jennifer–Looks like you are new here–welcome to gfe! :-) Thanks, and you can enjoy them any time you want. ;-)


  24. Alta on October 29th, 2010 4:19 pm

    This looks really, really good! Making really soon!

    • Shirley on October 29th, 2010 9:07 pm

      Hi Alta–I think you’ll love this pumpkin pie smoothie! I might make my green version tomorrow morning. I just add in greens to it. The taste is virtually the same, so I get the pumpkin pie taste while getting the greens and green look. ;-)


  25. Tammy on October 29th, 2010 7:05 pm

    this looks delicious! Only problem, i hate coconut! Is the taste really strong or does the banana and pumkin override and hide it? Does anybody know something else that could be used in place of the coconut milk?

    • Shirley on October 29th, 2010 9:10 pm

      Hi Tammy–I don’t think the coconut flavor is strong, but I’m used to coconut milk. If you’re dairy free, you could also use either almond milk or rice milk. I just used coconut as a non-dairy milk. If you are not dairy free, you could use cream (or some yogurt with water for proper consistency). Let me know what you try and how it works out! :-)


      p.s. Welcome to gfe!

  26. Nancy @SensitivePantry on September 24th, 2011 6:58 pm

    Mmmm. This looks delicious! I hope I have some pumpkin in my cupboard. I was looking for it today at the store and they didn’t have any (in cans). :-( If I find some I’m going to stock up. Guests coming in a few weeks and this might be a good to add to the breakfast menu! :-)

    • Shirley on September 24th, 2011 7:10 pm

      Hi Nancy–Thanks! These smoothies are a real treat for the eyes and every other part of the body. ;-) I have no pumpkin in my cupboard and there’s none still at my local store, but I know the upscale store in town had organic canned pumpkin last time I was there. I will need to stock up the next time I get to shop there. And I just love that you take care of your guests so well! ;-)


  27. Kelly Smith on October 5th, 2011 1:14 pm

    I made this with molasses instead of honey and some stevia and ground crispy pecans instead of almond flour. YUMMY!

    • Shirley on October 5th, 2011 1:38 pm

      Hi Kelly–Your version sounds terrific, too! I love all those ingredients, too. And isn’t is just plain fun to be drinking a pumpkin pie smoothie? ;-)


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