Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

healthy pumpkin milkshake

The plan was to make a pumpkin smoothie, something seasonal, wholesome, nourishing, and yes, delicious. I pulled out the ingredients that I figured would, in some combination, result in the smoothie of my imagination: pumpkin puree, plain yogurt, low-fat milk, almond milk, honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cinnamon, mace, whole oranges, and frozen bananas. But all didn’t go down as planned. What started as a creative endeavor turned into a wrestling match yielding frothy concoctions that tasted “good for you,” but not especially “good.”

two glasses of pumpkin pie milkshake with graham cracker topping and striped blue straws

A Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

After several attempts, I abandoned my best intentions, grabbed the car keys, and high-tailed it to the supermarket for the one ingredient that I was sure would lead to success: a quart of vanilla frozen yogurt. Once back home with my frozen treat, it was only a matter of minutes before I hit the smoothie jack pot. But it wasn’t really a smoothie anymore, it was a shake. And when topped with crumbled graham cracker, it became a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.

On the Lighter Side

The whole exercise was a reminder that sometimes there’s no substitute for sugar and cream and egg yolks. Even so, my shake comes in at under 200 calories and just 1 gram of saturated fat. And although it may not be quite as “good for you” as I’d planned, it certainly is very very good.

pumpkin milkshake in glass jars with striped blue straws

If you like this Pumpkin Pie Milkshake, check out these other pumpkin recipes:

Marbled Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Creamy Baked Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon and Kale

two glasses of pumpkin pie milkshake with graham cracker topping and striped blue straws
5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

This creamy shakes fits the bill for a luscious, pumpkin treat, but comes in at under 200 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 milkshakes
Calories 195 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 generous cup low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt (or favorite dairy/non-dairy vanilla ice cream)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk (or favorite plant milk)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 6 small (from refrigerator ice machine) or 3 conventional (from an ice cube tray) ice cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1/2 graham cracker, broken into pieces


  1. Put the milk, pumpkin puree, frozen yogurt, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, ice cubes, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a blender. Run the blender until the ingredients are frothy and smooth. Add a second tablespoon of maple syrup if more sweetness is desired. Blend again.
  2. Pour into two glasses. Top each shake with crumbled graham cracker.


10.23.2013 at4:08 AM #


This looks amazing.

If still looking for something on the more wholesome side check out http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/07/creamy-pumpkin-pie-smoothie-for-two-an-advertising-update/ Delicious!

10.23.2013 at5:53 AM #

Katie Morford

Thanks Natalie…love that site.

10.23.2013 at7:23 AM #


This post makes me chuckle~~you do have a wonderful imagination!

10.23.2013 at7:23 AM #

Katie Morford


10.25.2013 at12:49 PM #

Aida Mollenkamp

Katie – Thank you for making a pumpkin dessert that’s delicious but not so indulgent I’d regret if for days to come!

10.16.2014 at9:40 AM #

GiGi Eats

GOBBLE GOBBLE!!! I am not sure why I am making turkey noises but that’s what came to mind when I looked at this recipe. Perhaps I should make these shakes for post thanksgiving meal desserts?!?!?! YES! 🙂

10.16.2014 at9:40 AM #

Katie Morford

Anything pumpkin brings Thanksgiving to mind. I don’t think you should have to wait until then, though, to have one of these 🙂

12.02.2014 at2:58 PM #


Just made this with my leftover pumpkin (from pumpkin cheesecake) and it is delicious! Perfect yummy rainy day snack.

10.10.2016 at12:42 PM #

Maureen Kosewic

Claire & I are drooling on this one. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

10.10.2016 at12:42 PM #

Katie Morford

So funny…I just bought the ingredients to make this today!

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