If you love pumpkin flavored anything, the Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie is a drink you can’t go wrong with. It’s my perfect pumpkin flavored drink pick. Read on to learn more!
I love Starbucks pumpkin flavored anything, and if you love it too, I’m sure it will be a welcome addition to your growing list of the Pumpkin Frappuccinos, Pumpkin Lattes, and Pumpkin Hot Chocolate. Trust me when I say that it’s the perfect pumpkin flavored smoothie pick for me. If you’re like me, a smoothie is a great Starbucks drink if you’re looking for a quick, smooth, fresh snack. I also love that this drink offers the combined nutrition of a pumpkin and a banana. So, since this amazing smoothie isn’t common, I researched it. I’ll share everything I found here, including ingredients, taste, variations, size, recipe, caffeine, calories, dairy content, and more!
I’ve always known the Starbucks line of pumpkin drinks like the famous Starbucks Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, Pumpkin Lattes, etc. But I’d never tasted the Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie until a customer in front of me in the queue ordered it one day.
So, what exactly is the Pumpkin smoothie?
The pumpkin smoothie is a healthy, nutritious drink to satisfy any pumpkin spice craving made with pumpkin, Greek yogurt, bananas, fall spices, maple or vanilla syrup, and different flavors.
This Starbucks smoothie came with the Pumpkin spice craze that started back in September 2015 when a pumpkin-flavored fall drink caught the nation’s attention. But the true origin of pumpkin spice — Cinnamon, mace, ginger, nutmeg, cloves — goes way back to a Dutch East India Company in Southeast Asian islands.
Yes, the Pumpkin Smoothie is available at Starbucks but only for a limited time each year. It saddened me to discover that the pumpkin smoothie is a seasonal drink. So, if I were you, I’d take advantage of this opportunity and learn everything there is to know about the Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie. Once you taste it, your Starbucks order will always be “pumpkin Smoothie and more of it, please!”
Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content
You must be wondering what’s actually in the Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie. The contents of this smooth, nutritious drink are a combination of whole milk, yogurt, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract (with natural vanilla flavor), and banana. If you don’t want to dispose of or store your leftover pumpkin puree longer, the pumpkin smoothie is an easy, healthy way to use it.
Let’s talk about each ingredient below:
- Milk. Any milk variety can do — whole or 2% milk, Coconut milk, Almond milk, etc. So you have the chance to choose your favorite one for this pumpkin smoothie. The higher the milk’s fat content, the creamier your smoothie will be.
- Pumpkin Puree. Starbucks uses unsweetened pumpkin puree. You can choose a canned one or opt for a fresh/homemade one. Pumpkin pie filling isn’t recommended. You can also opt for a frozen pumpkin puree or freeze it in ice cube trays to make the smoothie thicker and colder.
- Vanilla Yogurt. Starbucks uses Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt, a full-fat, creamy yogurt. You can also use Siggi’s Vanilla Bean yogurt or choose a dairy-free variety to make your smoothie dairy-free.
- Maple Syrup. Starbucks uses maple syrup to add a great taste, but you can use honey if you’re making the pumpkin smoothie at home. I just love how maple syrup screams, “fall drink!” If you use unsweetened yogurt, adding more maple syrup will make it taste way better.
- Vanilla extract. The vanilla extract adds a special flavor to your pumpkin smoothie. If you don’t have the extract, you can use vanilla bean paste or seeds.
- Banana (Frozen). This is a key ingredient of the pumpkin smoothie. Using a frozen banana will make the smoothie thicker, creamier, and smoother.
- Ground Cinnamon. For better taste, Starbucks uses higher quality cinnamon. The higher the quality of your Cinnamon, the better.
- Ice. This thickens the pumpkin smoothie, makes it colder, and gives it a great sip.
Starbucks smoothies, Pumpkin Smoothie, included, are available in only one size: The Grande. Starbucks used to bill them as Vivannos but not anymore. However, you can still order it as a Vivanno if you wish.
The Pumpkin smoothie is an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin A, making it a healthy and tasty cold sip. It has 95 Calories with 3.7 g of protein and 3.1 g of Fiber. Why’s it so healthy?
Greek yogurt is generally a fantastic source of protein, iodine, calcium, and potassium with fewer calories and is an important element of your gut health because of its healthy bacteria. It’s also fat-free, which is great for your blood cholesterol. Bananas provide the much-needed potassium in the body with Vitamin C, Fiber, natural sugars, and other important minerals. The sugar elements balance well with Fiber from other ingredients to maintain the body’s blood glucose level. Any kind of milk used in the pumpkin smoothie provides vitamin E, calcium, and many minerals to make your blood and bones healthy. Beta-carotene in the pumpkin is turned into vitamin A, which helps to strengthen the body’s immune system.
Here is a summary table of all the nutritional facts in the Starbucks Pumpkin smoothie Grande:
|Calorie count (out of 2,000 calories daily intake)
Calories from fat: 14.5%
|Nutrient Content (per Grande serving)||% Of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (3 g)
Trans Fat (0)
Saturated Fat (0.4 g)
|Total carbohydrates (16.8 g)
Sugar (8.7 g)
Dietary Fiber (3.1 g)
|Proteins (3.7 g)||4%|
|Sodium (51 mg)||4%|
Vitamin A (100g)
Vitamin E (1.9 mg)
Vitamin C (3.4 mg)
The excellent aspects of this smoothie is that it’s a true natural fruit and vegetable juice and caffeine-free. But it can be customized with cocoa powder or espresso shots if you want to make it have some caffeine. This smoothie can melt your soul on a warm Sunday afternoon.
Originally, Starbucks uses 3 c. or one cup of whole milk or 2% milk, both of which have dairy, to make the Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie. So the original pumpkin smoothie isn’t dairy-free. But if you want your smoothie to be dairy-free, you can opt for non-dairy milk such as coconut milk or almond milk.
Well, it’s funny that the Pumpkin Smoothie actually doesn’t taste like pumpkin but tastes more like a pumpkin pie. The pumpkin taste isn’t there anymore since it’s a mixture of fruits, milk, yogurt, flavors, and spices like pumpkin season, cinnamon, etc. So, it can taste like you’re sipping pumpkin pie, but a healthier one. What I love most about pumpkin is that it has a great taste in both savory and sweet recipes.
There are many ways to customize your pumpkin smoothie. If you want caffeine, you can add espresso or Dutch Chocolate shots to your smoothie, and it will taste just as great as an aunty pumpkin latte. If you prefer dairy-free, you can avoid whole or 2% milk and use plant-based milk like almond or coconut milk. If you prefer a green smoothie, you can add a handful of fresh baby spinach without affecting its flavor, and it’ll look green instead of orange. You can also add more cream, foam, or sweeteners as you wish to give it the taste you want. Finally, adding more spices to the drink will provide you with a Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie.
How To Make Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie at Home - Starbucks Pumpkin Smoothie Copycat Recipe
- Heavy-duty blender
- Measuring spoon or spatula
- Measuring cup
- 1 cup milk (2% whole, coconut, milk, almond milk, etc.)
- 1 banana (frozen)
- 1 15-ounce can (½ cup) pumpkin purée
- ½ cup Greek vanilla yogurt (or thick Icelandic yogurt)
- 2 tsp maple syrup (or 4 TBS for more taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (pure)
- ½ tsp fine ground cinnamon
- ½ cup ice
- pumpkin pie spice, or use a 1tsp combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice (to taste)
- Put all ingredients together in the blenderBlend until 1 — 2 minutes at low speed to incorporate everything
- Blend at high speed for about 30 — 60 seconds till the mixture is smooth
- Serve cold and add whipped cream or sprinkle cinnamon powder for more taste
- Use any milk you want, including non-dairy milk
- Peel the almost overripe banana before freezing.
- Use fresh baby spinach to make it green and give it a great look
- Use higher quality cinnamon for better taste
- Free your pumpkin puree in ice cube trays for an even creamier, thicker final result
- For a greater taste, add more Maple Syrup
Start with a Grande Pumpkin Smoothie; say made with whole milk (or the milk of your choice); add 1 frozen banana, greek yogurt, vanilla, maple, cinnamon, and No whip. Finish with the sweeteners of your choice. Specify fresh baby spinach for green color.
Yes, this is one of the nutritious Starbucks drinks with a great pumpkin pie taste, thanks to maple, cinnamon, and vanilla ingredients.
Most Starbucks smoothies, including the pumpkin smoothie, usually cost more, at slightly $3.45 and above.
Yes, this is one of the nutritious Starbucks drinks with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, and other nutrients and minerals.
Kai Jordan worked as a Certified Nutrition Specialist and now a food critic whose main objective is to provide consumers with as much information as they need to make the right choices concerning foods and drinks. Jordan is passionate about helping the public reach their health-related goals but also keen on reviewing foods and drinks offered by some of the famous restaurants the likes of Starbucks.
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