Pumpkin Pie 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.”

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.

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 pie milkshake
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 katiemorford


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 generous cup low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat 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 #


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 #



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 #


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 #


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

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