Pumpkin Spice Avocado Smoothie ~ Savory Simple

Yes, I know it’s a bit early for a pumpkin smoothie.  Here’s the thing.  Remember how in my last post I mentioned Penzeys Spices?  I’m really lucky because there are several locations near where I live.  I love taking a drive to the spice shop and letting my nose lead me to different corners of the room.  I was there over the weekend and one of the many spices that caught my eye was their pumpkin pie spice.  I go through a ton of it in the fall and I knew I was running low so I gave theirs a whiff.  Wow!  So fragrant and much better than whatever brand I bought last year.  I immediately grabbed a bottle to purchase.

This morning I looked in the refrigerator.  I saw half an avocado and a container of coconut milk that I opened yesterday when I realized I had no milk for my coffee.  These ingredients were just begging to be made into a smoothie and, frankly, I was dying to taste my new pumpkin pie spice.  Summer, fall, whatever.  Why wait?  This is a really filling and satisfying smoothie.  I won’t pretend it’s low calorie but it’s full of healthy fat and quality ingredients.  And I was excited when I finally tasted the pie spice.  I love summer but I think I’m ready for fall.

What are you looking forward to this fall?  I get excited for apple picking every year.  And the usual stuff- the leaves, the crisp air, the wonderful smells…. but mostly, I miss my boots!  The fall wardrobe is definitely my favorite.  Ah… boots. Yay.

Pumpkin Spiced Avocado Smoothie
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Serves: 1 smoothie
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1½ tablespoons maple syrup, or more to taste
  • 1½ - 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  1. Combine everything in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. For a thinner smoothie, add additional almond milk.

  • http://fieldsofcake.com Carrie

    That does sound spectacular. Sigh. I just may have a new smoothie to try. You’re so awesome.

    • Savory Simple

      You’re pretty awesome yourself!

  • http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com Mama’s Gotta Bake

    I’m ready for fall also. The smoothie sounds so good, who cares if it’s not lo-cal!

  • http://hiddenponies.com Anna @ hiddenponies

    I’m so excited to see pumpkin recipes appearing…bring on the fall :)

  • http://stowell.wordpress.com Roger Stowell

    Beautiful picture. I’ve never got into smoothies but I like the sound of these ingredients.

  • http://mykeuken.blogspot.com Lisa H.

    This is really interesting combination… I love all the ingredients in this smoothie… bet they taste heavenly :D

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    Yum. I like all of these ingredients together. I would totally make this. BTW I received our boat load of biscuits from the giveaway, and my husband is in love with them! Thanks!

    • Savory Simple

      I’m so glad to hear!

  • http://aspicyperspective.com Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Whoa momma, what a crazy and enticing flavor combo! This is a must try!

  • http://www.reinidays.com Jill

    Yum!! We love, love, love smoothies in this house. This will be next on my list to try. Have you ever thought about making your own pumpkin pie spice? It’s so easy!

    • Savory Simple

      I know, and I have all the spices on hand so I really have no excuse. I just love the ease of the store brand in this case. I make my own taco seasoning so there’s really no logic to it :)

  • http://unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    Jen, I’d take this smoothie over a pumpkin spice latte any day! (Yum!) I’m looking forward to the fall colors!

  • http://thehungryartist.wordpress.com melissa@the hungry artist

    Sounds delicious, and I bet the consistency was wonderful. Great idea to use pumpkin spice with it!

  • http://www.fearlesshomemaker.com amy @ fearless homemaker

    I’m so excited for fall flavors, too, + this smoothie sounds awesome. Also, I’m beyond jealous that you have a Penzey’s near you – I hope to go to one in person someday! =)

  • http://www.downhomesouthjersey.com Jennifer M.

    I saw a full display of pumpkin ale at my local liquor store last night. And Michael’s has had Halloween stuff for weeks. You are just in time!

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Jen this looks so good – creamy, pumpkin-ey, perfect!

  • http://grazinginthecity.com bill

    This sounds super- delicious! Love that you used coconut milk AND almond milk!

  • http://crunchycreamysweet.com Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I am with you on fall wardrobe! Miss it miss it! This smoothie sounds perfect as we are having a rainy day here in KS. Yum!

  • http://simplyfreshcooking.com Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}

    I’m with you… who cares if it’s still summer. I’ve been eating hot soup lately. LOL. I think that’s a sign that I’m ready for fall as well! I LOVE cute boots and dressing in layers! Besides that, I am nuts over the fall/winter comfort food!! It’s kind of what I live for. :)

  • Rachel@foodhugs.com

    Honestly, the avocado in this scares me a wee bit, but I will take your word for it!

    I will try this out for sure, despite my uncertainity. You know what you’re talking about! :)


    • Savory Simple

      You can’t taste avocado at all. It just makes the smoothie incredibly rich and creamy.

  • http://www.themagicapron.wordpress.com Elisabeth

    I love finding other people who have such an adoration for Penzey’s! (This is my shameless post about Penzey’s: http://themagicapron.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/well-seasoned/)

    I haven’t tried the Pumpkin Pie Spice yet, but I do have a coupon from the catalog for a free jar of Mitchell Street that expires in a couple weeks, so I’ll be heading on over there! I never would have thought to put avocado with it — thanks for the twist!

  • http://thehooteats.com Michelle

    I’ve definitely been on the fence lately with all the fall/pumpkin/awesome love lately. In my heart of hearts I totally love it, but I want to cling to a few more days of summer! That doesn’t mean it won’t stop me from eating a pumpkin spiced smoothie! I love the addition of avocado!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    What a creative smoothie! I’m not ready for fall but I’m in love with pumpkin and fall spices :)

  • http://www.akitchenaddiction.blogspot.com Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    I am so looking forward to fall and all things pumpkin!

  • http://www.jerseygirlcooks.com Jersey Girl Cooks

    Great smoothie! I will definitely try this in the fall.

  • Amber (Sprinkled With Flour)

    Mmmm, this smoothis sounds fantastic!

  • http://www.allfourburners.com/ hima

    at first, i thought…it’s not fall yet!!!! but then i read through your recipe — i’m now convinced it’s the perfect drink for the transition from summer to fall. yum yum.

    • Savory Simple

      It’s not like I’m using actual pumpkin in it. Those spices are too good to ignore during the other 3 seasons. :)

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    That sounds so refreshing. Everyone has been posting smoothies and it has me craving one. Could you add pumpkin to this to really give it that pumpkin flavor?

    • Savory Simple

      Of course! I have found, though, that canned pumpkin can add a grainy texture/canned flavor when uncooked.

  • Patty

    How wonderful to start thinking about pumpkin, Fall is my favorite time of year to bake and this is the time to start thinking and planning what to make-which includes purchasing spices! We have a Penzeys nearby and I love walking around smelling all their spices- such a cool way to shop! Wonderful smoothie, looks delicious:-)

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com yummychunklet

    Exciting! Fall is around the corner, so we’ll be seeing more pumpkin recipes!

  • http://www.52kitchenadventures.com/ Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures

    It’s never too early for pumpkin…and now you have me craving fall flavors (and weather). I can’t wait for October! I need to stock up on pumpkin spice myself and then I may just have to give this yummy smoothie a try.

  • http://maddogtvdinners.wordpress.com Mad Dog

    Everyone seems to be drinking out of jars this summer. That’s a classy smoothie ;-)

  • http://www.mydailymorsel.com Riley

    I love everything about fall, especially pumpkin. I’ll admit that I stock up on pumpkin pureé around Thanksgiving so I can make pumpkin anything whenever I want! This looks like a really great and interesting combination!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    This reminds me that I don’t have any pumpkin pie spice and it’s not available here. I’d better order some from the states or I’ll have to “make do” again for Thanksgiving. :)

    It’s almost spring here but I’d make this smoothie too!

  • http://www.breathelighter.wordpress.com Debra

    I also know Penzey’s very well and love the idea of this particular smoothie. The avocado is a surprise to me, but I trust you. :-) What I do see here, too, is a very healthy meal. I will need to make a spice run!

  • http://hskillet.blogspot.com/ Jenn and Seth

    ok, i’m so intrigued by this – i’m totally making it this weekend for me and my little guy, sounds seriously amazing!

  • http://savorymomentsblog.blogspot.com/ Amy (Savory Moments)

    I’m totally ready for fall, so I love the use of pumpkin spice here! It looks really yummy. Love the use of avocado as well.

  • http://www.theveryveryhungrycaterpillar.com Libby

    I never would have thought to put pumpkin in a smoothie – sounds like an interesting combination with the avocado and the spices.

    As for me, bring on summer already!

  • http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.tumblr.com/ Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today

    I’m still on summer recipes (I don’t want it to leave), but I know that within the weeks I’ll be looking for the pumpkin ones. So I’ll save it already :)

  • http://posedperfection.blogspot.com Nici~Posed Perfection

    Hi there. This looks delicious. I wanted to thank you for stopping by Posed Perfection and leaving me a comment about the Cottage Cheese Pancakes. I think they are meant to be kind of like a thick crepe, not so fluffy. But, I would totally like to try your idea of putting in the baking powder to see how it affects the texture. I am your newest follower. I hope you’ll stop by again for a visit. Thanks for your suggestion! Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.whatmegansmaking.com megan @ whatmegansmaking

    Things I’ve never put into a smoothie include pumpkin and avocado. And yet, I find myself wanting to try this – sounds wonderful! :)

  • love2dine

    Wow, these sound incredible and I love how healthy they are.

  • http://motherrimmy.com Kristi Rimkus

    I buy the coconut milk in the diary section. The calories aren’t bad at all. I bet this was fantastic. As much a dessert as it is a smoothie.

  • http://twitter.com/chowandchatter RebeccaSubbiah RD (

    this rocks will be pinned like crazy doing it now :-)

  • http://www.alightperspective.blogspot.co.uk Girlnpurpledres

    I love your photo! Really beautiful photo. Have never tried a pumpkin smoothie….something new, great idea.

  • http://www.blissfullydelicious.com/ Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious

    Everything here looks perfect for me… I’m bookmarking this! I just love everything about fall: pumpkin, apples, root vegetables, etc.

  • http://www.kitchenriffs.com kitchenriffs

    The Pennzey’s pumpkin pie spice is really good stuff. I like adding a bit more cinnamon, but it’s a nice well balanced blend of spices. And this smoothie looks terrific! I like the combo of flavors – very creative. Thank you.

  • http://www.simplyreem.com Reem

    This smoothie recipe sounds so interesting, I am loving the combination of flavors here…
    B/W everything about fall make me happy, excited and even panicky sometime…LOL

  • http://www.compulsivefoodie.com Asmita

    Sounds and looks terrific!

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net JulieD

    I love love avocado smoothies but adding pumpkin pie spice to it…sounds so good!

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Avocados and pumpkin — two of my favorite ingredients. That looks absolutely yum, but I am still not ready to let go of summer. Not just yet :)

  • http://sugarhero.com Elizabeth – SugarHero!

    This sounds great! I am SO ready for fall–nuts to this hot sunny stuff, give me brisk mornings and cloudy days. Oh, and lots and lots of pumpkin pie spice. Your smoothie sounds delicious!

  • http://www.motherthyme.com Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    Love this smoothie! Great idea to incorporate avocado in it. Making this tomorrow! I can’t wait for fall either, it’s my favorite time of year.

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Let me say I’m not a creative person at all in terms of smoothies and I like to follow recipes when someone tried first and created a recipe. :D I’m ready for pumpkin flavor! I can’t wait for my fav pumpkin latte too….

  • http://www.bakeaholicmama.com Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    Serious YUM. This is on the breakfast menu this week!

  • http://Katiescucina.com katie

    This looks and sounds amazing! Every now and then when I sift through my spice cabinet I’ll open up the pumpkin pie spice to take a whif of it and think of fall!

  • Aggie

    Im so intrigued…i have yet to try avocado in a smoothie…and I’m totally pickin up that pumpkin spice mix at Penzeys!! Favorite store ever!! :)

  • Tammy

    How much pumpkin is in the recipe? It seems to be missing.

    • Jennifer Farley

      No pumpkin, just pumpkin spice :)