pumpkin pie milkshake

pumpkin-pie-milkshake-vegan-4 When my kids get home from school, they burst through the door.

Every day I remind them to put their bags, shoes, & lunch coolers away.

They show me homework, assignments & I try & gleen one or two tidbits about what happened that day (we save the juicy stuff for dinnertime).

Then they want a snack. Always.

Most days it’s simple: cut up fruit & nuts, apples or rice cakes with pb, or popcorn. Of course there are endless ways to make adorable kid food, but let’s be realistic. Most days, it’s simple, because we’ve got homework, dance, soccer, & dinner’s right around the corner anyway. My philosophy is I spend too much time on dinner for them not to be hungry, so I make sure their snack just tides them over until 6 or 6:30 when we sit together as a family.

Yesterday, for their snack, I made a new version of an old fave–the pumpkin smoothie–this time with full fat coconut milk (the canned kind).

pumpkin-pie-milkshake-vegan-recipe-bring-joy I posted a recipe a few years ago which is a lightened up version. But for my kids, & to be honest, myself, I wanted a full-fat, full flavor version. So here tis:

pumpkin pie milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: about a cup & a half

Calories per serving: 204

Fat grams per serving: 8 g

pumpkin pie milkshake

a pumpkin pie in a glass. vegan + gluten-free


  • 1, 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 c. full-fat organic coconut milk (about 1/2 can)
  • 4-5 c. large ice cubes
  • 1/4 c. + 2 TBS. agave | or pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp. maple flavoring (if using agave)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon


  1. First. If you're not using a powerful blender, reduce the ice to 4 cups. I love my "milkshakes" thick--so lots of ice. My blendtec has no problem pulverizing the ice, but a conventional blender might, so reduce the ice (& of course, you don't want any chunks of ice!). Also, I recommend full-fat coconut milk for this. The reason is, you're using so much ice & pumpkin is naturally lowfat, you need some fat to help balance out the ice & pumpkin so it doesn't taste too icy. You could use another non-dairy milk, but I feel like the rich, full-bodied texture of the coconut milk makes this shake, a milkshake. Milkshake making is an art--in order to achieve a smooth & creamy flavor, you must have the right ratio of liquids to ice, as well as sweetener & flavorings--I wouldn't skimp on the sweetener, milk, or spices!
  2. To make:
  3. Place pumpkin in blender.
  4. Add coconut milk, ice, agave, & remaining ingredients.
  5. Blend on high for (one cycle on ice cream in my blendtec did the trick) until smooth & thick.
  6. For a true milkshake experience, drink with a straw. Yum.

Additional Nutrition Info: 10 g carbs, 2.5 g protein, 4.5 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 15 mg sodium, 3 weight watcher plus points per serving.

This recipe submitted as part of Ricki Heller’s Wellness Weekend. Check it out for more great healthy recipe ideas!

Are you into afternoon snacks? If so, what’s your main go-to? If you have kids, what do you typically give them as an afternoon snack?


  1. Alanna
    on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm said:

    Um, yum!

    I’m making this for my children right away.

    Thank you!

  2. April
    on October 24, 2013 at 6:40 am said:

    Oh! I like the coconut addition! My daughter particularly is SKINNY! At 7.5 yrs old she’s only 42 lbs. She’s quite healthy but boy do I wish she had meat on her. So I try and feed her full fat everything! 100 days of real food recommended this silicone smoothie pop thing that you can fill w/ smoothies and freeze. It partially thaws by lunch. Anyway, my daughter actually likes them so I’ll have to try it w/ this recipe as it has lots of good fat in it! Thanks!

  3. Emma
    on October 24, 2013 at 6:00 am said:

    Looks scrummy! I’ve been seeing pumpkin and sweet potato in smoothies around the blogosphere but haven’t got to trying it myself yet.
    I usually have a morning or afternoon snack, depending on how early I ate breakfast etc. If I’m home I often have fruit and nut butter but when I’m out I tend to rely on snack-bars a bit more.

  4. Catherine
    on October 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm said:

    OMG – that looks sooooo good! First it looked like a mango shake. I do eat afternoon snacks – usually PB2 powdered peanut butter for something healthy. I have it on my blog…