I created this Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie as sugar free drink to celebrate Dia de los Muertos – Day of Dead. It’s a Mexican holiday which focuses praying for and remembering friends and family who have passed away.
Many of the traditional foods for Day of the Dead are sweet like sugar skulls, chocolate skulls and coffins, Pan de Muerto, and Candied Pumpkin (Calabaza En Tacha). Thus inspired I thought I’d come up with a healthy drink to toast the day and remember friends and family who have passed.
This Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is sugar free and vegan!
To make this easy pumpkin pie smoothie sugar free, I used monk fruit sweetener, which I love because it’s a natural, no calorie sweetener that can be used just like regular sugar and has no unpleasant aftertaste.
You can also use this pumpkin spice smoothie recipe to make a Dairy Free Pumpkin Pudding. Just omit the ice cubes and cut back the coconut milk to 1 cup. Then chill the pudding in small bowls until firm.
Finally, remember to stock up on canned pumpkin during the fall sales. Pumpkin should be enjoyed year round, and not just during the fall. That’s because it’s full of fiber, vitamin A, low in calories and can be used in baking, stews, chili, soups, ice cream, popsicles and of course, smoothies!
Check out more of my pumpkin recipes!
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Combine ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve.
- Serving size: 1/8 of recipe
Originally published on November 1, 2011. Updated with new pictures and information.