My tastebuds follow the seasons which is why I’ll be hooked on all things pumpkin-apple-squash for approximately two more months before transitioning to peppermint-gingerbread-eggnog flavors. And I’ve found ways to blend these seasonal foods into 12 fall flavor smoothies I’ll make for breakfast, lunch, or even a better dessert choice than the sleeve of Oreos we have in the pantry. Or maybe to go along with those Oreos.
So if you love pumpkin, apples, squash, pears, or some other ingredient that is perfect right now, keep reading for ways to add these in-season ingredients to your next smoothie.
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Top photos: Apple Cider Smoothie from Dizzy Busy & Hungry and Pomegranate Smoothie from Jessica Gavin
Pumpkin pie smoothie
Thick and creamy, sweet and healthy, this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe from Ambitious Kitchen is tweak-able in so many ways. A great way to use up any leftover pumpkin, but yummy enough to warrant opening up a brand new can just for this, I love the many possible variations. Makes a healthy breakfast but tasty enough to be dessert too.
Related: 12 creative pumpkin recipes you can eat all day long, to make the most of fall’s essential ingredient.
Apple crisp smoothie
Instead of apples baked with an oat topping, this Apple Crisp Smoothie recipe from The Recipe Rebel blends all the oats into the rest of the ingredients for a hearty beverage. Great way to use up some of the many apples we’ve picked at the orchard, and we could try variations on this recipe using tart or sweet apples to see which one we like best. Love that I don’t even have to peel the apple, since every second counts these busy days.
Fig and honey smoothie
If you’re lucky enough to live where local figs are in season, this Fig and Honey Smoothie from The Spruce Eats will be so easy for you to whip up. I may have to do a little searching for fresh figs, but think that it will be well worth the effort to make this simple, yet sophisticated, smoothie.
Pear and pomegranate smoothie
The three fall flavors of sweet pear, tangy pomegranate, and warming ginger get blended together with a few other super fruits to create this bright pink Pomegranate Smoothie from Jessica Gavin. If you’re worried your blender won’t be able to handle the little pomegranate arils (a word I just learned!), you can leave them out. And, you may want to start with a smaller amount of ginger and increase the amount to taste—one person’s “just right” is another’s “too spicy!”
(BTW, how cute is that slice of pear against the glass? I’m not sure my hands are steady enough to pull this off, but it sure does look cute. Tell the kids it’s a Halloween ghost come to visit).
If you’re in the market for a new blender, let me share my favorite kitchen apparatus that has been in heavy rotation for a couple of years. Our NutriBullet Blender Combo has a big pitcher for batches of blended deliciousness, but it’s the smaller “to go” cups that can be blended directly on the base that get used at least once a day.
Ginger pear green smoothie
I would like to go on record as saying that I am not a green smoothie fan unless the green is mint chocolate chip. However, my health-conscious teen swears that this Ginger Pear Green Smoothie from Get Inspired Everyday looks delicious. Maybe I just need to pour it into a Yeti mug to hide the color?
Packed with juicy pears, spicy ginger, leafy kale greens and other good-for-you ingredients, this is a great smoothie to start your day off right so you can feel more balanced on days that end with you mindlessly munching on chips while watching Netflix.
Chocolate chip pumpkin smoothie
Love the taste of pumpkin but NOT all that pumpkin spice nonsense? Then this very simple Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Smoothie recipe from Real Simple will be right up your alley. I might add a little bit of dark unsweetened cocoa too since extra chocolate is always okay with me. Oh, and whipped cream too. I mean, the recipe says to add it. . .
Caramel apple protein smoothie
I’ll admit that what really sold me on this recipe is the no-cook, 3-ingredient Date Caramel Sauce that comes together in a blender and not one of those tense cooking moments shown on The Great British Baking Show (I mean, seriously, there is no cooking I dread more than being told I need to make homemade caramel!)
Drizzled inside and on top this pretty healthy Caramel Apple Protein Smoothie from Recipes Worth Repeating, the caramel and smoothie ingredients pair together deliciously at breakfast, snack time, or dessert. Please don’t ask to share.
Related: 12 savory apple dinner recipes for fall
Cranberry walnut apple smoothie
I live in cranberry country, so this Cranberry Smoothie from A Virtual Vegan is perfectly timed for when I can find bags of fresh local cranberries at our farmer’s markets. Adding apples and nuts with cinnamon and maple syrup helps sweeten the tartness of the cranberries without totally losing that unique flavor.
Butternut squash with cinnamon smoothie
I’m allllll about winter squash when the thermometer drops, so it makes sense that a Butternut Squash with Cinnamon Smoothie recipe from Oh She Glows would catch my eye. Sweetened by dates and with lots of fall spices, the many positive reviews reveal lots of happy bellies after making this recipe.
Banana chai smoothie
I adore hot chai on a cold day but now I can’t stop thinking about trying it cold in this Banana Chai Smoothie recipe from Gimme Some Oven. What makes this so easy is that you don’t even have to brew the chai, just open a teabag or two (like these from Tazo) and toss into the blender with the rest of the ingredients. The sweetness of the banana help balance out the spice of the chai, though if you’re sensitive to spice, use a little less chai than is called for and keep adding until you get the flavor you like.
Apple cider smoothie
I think it’s an easily obeyed New England law that you have to buy at least one jug of local apple cider each fall. But before the kids drink it all down, I’m going to set aside a cup of two so that I can make this Apple Cider Smoothie from Dizzy Busy & Hungry. I like the suggestions to try this with different varieties of apples as well as ideas for other ingredients to add.
Purple sweet potato strawberry smoothie
Vibrant purple sweet potatoes make the most lovely hued Sweet Potato Strawberry Smoothie with this recipe from Zesty South Indian Kitchen. Sweeter than their orange cousins, these purple variaties only need a handful of strawberries and one small banana to create something the kids will think is a yummy treat. Which it is, but it’s also full of good stuff.