Healthy Drinks

5 Anti-Inflammatory Pumpkin Spice Smoothies That’ll Give You a Burst of Energy (Plus Protein) Without the Jitters

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While you can never have too many pumpkin spice lattes when they’re in season, there comes a time when you find yourself needing to switch things up. So, when you’ve already had more than enough caffeine for the day but still want to indulge in a jitter-free, fall-flavored beverage, these pumpkin spice smoothie recipes will definitely do the trick.

In case you're wondering what exactly makes a PSL taste so darn good, know that it's (mostly) the pumpkin spice, which is usually made from a mixture of flavorful spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger. And it just so happens that these are all spices packed with a bevy of anti-inflammatory benefits—which means pumpkin spice is not only delicious, but it’s functional, too. Here, we’ve gathered some of the best pumpkin spice smoothie recipes you’ll want to sip on during breakfast, lunch, and dinner (okay, and snacktime) all of fall.

5 fall-inspired pumpkin spice smoothie recipes that won’t give you a midday crash

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1. Nutty Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

This pumpkin pie smoothie recipe by Ambitious Kitchen has it all: looks, taste, and nutritional benefits. It’s made with eight simple ingredients like banana, pumpkin, and cinnamon, and is packed with protein thanks to the yogurt and almond butter. If almond butter isn’t your jam, feel free to swap it out for your favorite protein-packed nut or seed butter instead. Either way, this recipe is the perfect balance between fruity and nutty and is ideal for enjoying during breakfast, or as a snack or healthy dessert. Plus, it has all of the iconic fall vibes minus the caffeine or sugar overload, so you can kiss a sleepy midday crash goodbye.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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2. Budget-Friendly Pumpkin Smoothie

Can’t fathom the idea of spending another cent on an overpriced PSL? We hear you. Cue this delicious pumpkin smoothie by Budget Bytes: It costs less than a buck to make and has all of the pumpkin spice flavors (and nutrients) we love and adore. It’s made with seven ingredients, including pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, and banana. Plus, it has a secret omega-3-rich superstar (flaxseed) that’s linked to promoting better sleep, brain health, mood regulation, and hormonal balance. Count me in.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Smoothie

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3. Leftover Pumpkin Smoothie

Have leftover pumpkin purée from your latest pumpkin pie creation? Before you toss it away, Laura from JoyFoodSunshine says no way. “If you have extra pumpkin purée, I recommend freezing it in ice cube trays. That way, you can use the frozen pumpkin in this smoothie for an even thicker, creamier final result,” she says. Laura then uses this leftover pumpkin to make this pumpkin smoothie recipe that’s super luscious and decadent. Bye-bye, food waste.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Smoothie

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4. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Finished a killer workout for the day and are ready to throw on some comfies to watch a few spooky movies on TV? What better way to cool down than with this protein pumpkin pie smoothie by KALEJUNKIE. The hearty smoothie is made with recovery-assisting ingredients like oats and protein powder, plus potassium-rich bananas and pumpkin to help reduce cramping and balance sodium levels in the body.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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5. Pumpkin Apple Smoothie Bowl

Feeling a bit backed up? This fiber-packed pumpkin apple smoothie bowl recipe by My Modern Cookery might just be the answer to your digestion-boosting prayers. It’s loaded with fiber-rich ingredients like bananas, pumpkin, oats, chia seeds, and apples—all of which are great for gut health and supporting a healthy microbiome (...and really getting things going). Plus, this recipe also has pumpkin seeds filled with immune-boosting zinc, one of the six essential nutrients you’re likely to be more deficient in during fall.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Apple Smoothie Bowl

Don't know what to do with your leftover pumpkin? Turn it into a gluten-free pumpkin pie, of course:

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