Many people don't connect fall with the time of year to be gulping down a delicious, cold smoothie and, yet, I cannot think of a better time. We go from the quieter time of the summer (at least for the kids) to having to balance football games, school, and who knows what else.
Having a quick go-to that gives us an energy boost is exactly what we need and a smoothie might just be the perfect stop. So get your blenders out because here are some great fall smoothie recipes to keep us all going:
Fall Smoothie Ideas
1. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie
I'm not going to tell you that you need the protein powder in order to make this a great smoothie. Far from it, I am not a big fan of the powder but otherwise, this recipe is wonderful. Banana and honey give the smoothie its sweetness and the pumpkin makes us think of, well, autumn!
This Pumpkin Pie smoothie is the perfect way to start the holiday spirit, no matter if you live where it is sixty-nine degrees for the high or ninety-six degrees for the high.
2. Winter Berry Smoothie
Yes, this says winter berry but it's the apple cider in the recipe that really sets this one apart. I am absolutely in love with apple cider, savoring its cinnamon apple thickness. Add to that fresh summer berries and it's enough to make anyone happy.
They might call it the Winter Berry Smoothie but it is truly a great decision for an after school snack on a fabulously fall day. Even better when you can gross your kids out because you've added spinach to it!
3. Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Smoothie
This one is great for the vegans out there. Even better is that this recipe adds an odd ingredient. How do you make sweet potatoes work in a smoothie? They are awfully hard and smoothies are just the opposite.
You make the smoothie work by making a sweet potato mash before you add it to the smoothie. You can make sweet potato casserole and just make extra for your smoothie.
Killing two birds with one stone… that's how I do it!
4. Orange Cranberry Smoothie
This is not, to me, an afternoon drink but the perfect breakfast drink. Who doesn't love orange juice with a big fall breakfast? Even better if you can add cranberries- giving it a hint of fall flavor.
This Orange Cranberry recipe calls for kombucha with different flavoring options including ginger or cranberry.
If you have never had kombucha, I highly recommend it. The drink has seltzer similar to soda and a tart taste to it that is, actually, really good. Not to mention, kombucha is supposed to be really healthy and help support the gut.
5. Caramelized Pear, Chocolate, and Goat Cheese Smoothie
The beauty of this recipe is the caramelized pear, though adding the goat cheese just gives it a bit of tartness, though not in the same manner as the kombucha. If you like a sweet tartness, I am your girl I guess.
The author, Sonia, said this recipe really is stunning and talks more about her desire to help fight off ADHD with avocados and goat cheese. I like her already.
In addition to her desire for food to heal she, like me, looked for a combination of a little bit of every taste- just not bitter!
6. Roasted Marshmallow Coffee
This recipe had my attention at coffee. Anyone who knows me knows that I adore this high energy buzz of a drink. Add caramel and marshmallows (homemade, I hope) that have been flamed with a blow torch and yesssss, who doesn't love a torch in the kitchen and over a cold smoothie even more so!
I'm in love with this interesting concoction but, most of the time, will take the child's version over the adult version.
7. Warm Ginger Pear Smoothie
It is known that I love odd smoothies. I love seeing my girls give me a weird face when they hear what I added in my drink.
The ginger gives it the tart taste but the pear and almond milk help to sweeten the taste up a bit.
And for those northern bunnies out there, this recipe is good for a fall morning when it is getting a bit too chilly for a cold smoothie.
I have honestly never thought of having a warm smoothie before but this really does sound decadent and I'm curious now what else I can find for warm smoothies.
I don't know about you but I am going to give this Ginger Pear Smoothie a try!
8. Butternut Cinnamon Date Smoothie
This recipe was originally supposed to be a pumpkin recipe but the creator of the smoothie decided to be a little different and opt for a butternut squash instead.
Likewise she traded the sweetness in from a banana to figs instead. I admire her for this for two reasons. The first because everyone considers bananas to be a sweetness, especially when it comes to smoothies.
The second, because Medjool dates get a bad rap simply because they are dates. These dates are so delicious. I got a taste of them when I made almond milk for the first time. It dawned on me then that I had eaten them in trail mix before and absolutely loved them. Now they sweetened my almond milk.
To try out this delicious recipe, check here.
9. Fig and Banana Smoothie
Yet another recipe that is unique and delicious all the same. I swear so many great foods don't get the honor they deserve. The creator of this recipe also adds in cinnamon which makes me very happy. I don't know where my love for cinnamon has come from lately but it is a spice I could not do without in my sweet drinks!
She does use bananas to sweeten it up and that is okay because you get such a taste for the figs. Even better that this recipe is perfect for fall, when figs are in season and later, by using frozen ones.
10. Apple Pie Smoothie
This recipe is brought to you by Vitamix.
Naturally, being a big fan of smoothies, I definitely found it important to invest in a good blender and the first one was a Vitamix, though now I am a fan of the Blendtec.
*** Side note: If you really like the idea of the hot smoothie, this would be another reason to invest in a high quality blender as both the Vitamix and the Blendtec will create soups in one and a half minutes or so just by blending. It is really neat to watch and even better to taste!
Either way, if you are going to make this recipe, you want to be sure to have a good blender because there is not much liquid to this recipe. I guess I would consider it more of a juicer type of drink than an actual smoothie.
Yet if you feel the urge to drink delicious goodness regularly and you have already invested in a quality blender, I highly recommend this recipe.
11. Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie
Combining the greatness of pumpkin and gingerbread in this recipe sure brings on the taste and smells of the holidays. I can't help but get excited when I smell these two ingredients in anything from a candle to a cold smoothie.
The color from this smoothie is beautiful so I recommend putting it in a clear mug, just as the creator of this recipe did here.
I would also add some whipping cream to the top and then use the graham cracker decoration for an extra taste ump and to beautify it a little more.
12. Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Yet another delicious sounding breakfast drink that I cannot wait to try out. Yes, it has bananas as a sweetener but the recipe also adds in oatmeal to keep you full longer and vanilla in both the almond milk and the greek yogurt the recipe uses.
Given that information, this recipe might be good with some chocolate chips added to it before blending. Mmmm-Hmmmm. Give it a whirl here.
13. Gingerbread Smoothie
I was surprised to find that the creator of the recipe decided to add some apple to the smoothie, giving it just what it needs. In addition to the cinnamon, she also added cloves as one of the spices which gets me super excited as I love the pumpkin pie filling style of spices in the fall.
She sweetens this recipe up using either maple syrup or molasses. I had a bad experience with the latter ingredient so, personally, I would opt for the syrup most of the time. If I was looking for that darker flavor then I would change out depending.
I love that she tells you to make this recipe you own, swapping something for something else. This is exactly what experimenting in the kitchen is all about!
14. Caramel Apple Smoothie
The author of the site shared this recipe because her friend just wrote a book. How freakin' cool is that? She also recommends tweaking as you so desire and gave the ways that she changed up the recipe as well.
For me, I would use my own caramel syrup that I made. I have seen what is in caramel syrup, regular or low fat no matter. If you can, make a batch of your own and use it please, I beg of you.
Also, I am going to make my favorite recommendation with smoothies. Add some whip cream on top, then drizzle the syrup.
15. Oaty Mocha Hot Smoothie
Another deliciously hot smoothie recipe that has my mouth watering as we speak.
Hey- It's cold where I am right now. Sitting at my desk at work. Never mind the fact that it is eighty-five outside right now.
She makes an advisory to remind you not to put hot liquid in your blender which is nice.
Back to the recipe though, it is really amazing, especially considering she uses real ingredients including chocolate and espresso is recommended. Not espresso powder or extra strength coffee but real espresso.
Currently, I make my creamer by using real chocolate as well so the little things make me happy.
16. Frozen Hot Chocolate
I had to add this one for those of us who live where it stays hot for what seems like forever. By mid-September, I am really craving cooler weather and pretty colored leaves.
Texas, however, has other plans. Normally we are getting cooler nights but the days still leave us dripping with sweat. Ewwww….
So I gulp down this sweet rendition of Serendipity NYC's fabulous frozen hot chocolate. Our days now were about what it was mid-July in New York City when I went a few years ago.
And I'm cool with using the powder stuff when it comes to making hot chocolate so long as you are using the good stuff.
Swiss Miss is NOT the good stuff. Splurge on yourself- you are worth it! And so is this recipe.
17. Autumn Spiced Smoothie
Last but not least, our little taste of autumn. I love this recipe because she really gets down to the reasons why she created it.
She admits that it is not as thick as some of the other recipes but makes up for it by the fact that it can be made hot or cold. It combines pumpkin with apple cider (two of my favorite things) and even some tea that she found she liked on an adventure in California.
To hear more about her adventures and this great Community Supported Agriculture inspired recipe, check it out here.
These recipes really only tip the iceberg of fall smoothies I am sure. Take any of these ingredients and mix them together in a way that works for you. Maybe you want to create a rendition of a chocolate covered apple? Or make the mocha smoothie and add a touch of the ingredients from the apple smoothie.
Have fun with it. Be creative! You get the idea.