Five-Ingredient Fridays: Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

A creamy, satisfying pumpkin banana smoothie to jump start your day. 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, one happy tummy!

A delicious and satisfying Pumpkin Banana Smoothie! | #vegan

I’m not ready to be over pumpkin yet, and I hope you’re not either because you’ll want this pumpkin banana smoothie. If you decide to be done with pumpkin after a large Thanksgiving feast, I suppose that’s understandable. It’s still blasphemy in my eyes, mind you, but I can sympathize.

If you are anything like me, you want quick and easy breakfasts in the morning. That growling in my stomach is ruthlessly unforgiving. Within 15 minutes of waking up, it craves sustenance to keep it happy. On many days, you’ll find me shoving small handfuls of homemade granola in my face and rinsing it down with a cup of English breakfast tea. I call this breakfast grazing. It’s not the healthiest of habits, I know, but I’m working on it.

Ever since I got a new blender in the house, I’ve started to transition into the world of smoothies. Green smoothies are quickly becoming an obsession. Yet, there are moments when I feel the urge to put my thing down flip it and reverse it. Enter the pumpkin banana smoothie.

The creation of this recipe was an improvisational effort. This was my thought process as I threw things together:

  • Smoothies should always contain a banana. No exceptions.
  • Add some pumpkin because it’s seasonably appropriate.
  • Soy milk to thin the whole thing out. I need to be able to drink this after all.
  • Add some maple syrup because pumpkin loves maple syrup, and so do I.
  • A small spoonful of peanut butter because, heck, why not?

Voila! One creamy smoothie that kept me satisfied for a while. Of course, you should play around with different ingredients to get the drink you want. No smoothie recipe is set in stone, and experimentation is highly encouraged.

A delicious and satisfying Pumpkin Banana Smoothie! | #vegan

In other news, I finished reading a book!! Alright, so maybe I didn’t discover uranium. But between reading tons of food blogs and working for this space, it sure takes me a long while to complete a book nowadays! At the beginning of the year, I set my Goodreads goal to 25 books for the year. Any guesses on how many I’ve actually completed?

A whopping 5! I’ll need to work on that whole new year’s resolution thing a bit more . . .


Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

A delicious and satisfying Pumpkin Banana Smoothie! |

Serves 1

  • Author: Lisa Lin
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: breakfast, snack, vegan, gluten-free


  • 1 frozen medium banana
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk (or almond milk)
  • 1/2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1/2 TBS peanut butter
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)


  1. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and serve immediately. Feel free to add more milk if you want the smoothie to be less thick.

I know you want more pumpkin, so here’s more pumpkin recipes you should try!

No Bake Soy Pumpkin Cheesecake |

No Bake Soy Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Spice Latte |

Frugal Girl’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

24 thoughts on “Five-Ingredient Fridays: Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

    1. Lisa Post author

      I just finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Don’t know if you’ve heard of/read it before. I absolutely LOVED that book and the way it was narrated. I heard the author doing an interview on NPR and I was quite captivated by her story, so I decided to give the book a try. It was definitely a page turner for me!

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