Dive into the season with this Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Frosty – a cold, creamy delight that blends pumpkin and autumn spices into a guilt-free vegan treat, perfect for savoring the essence of fall.
This frosty was inspired by Wendy's seasonal favorite. It's a healthy plant-based twist on the classic, capturing the same creamy, spiced pumpkin bliss, offering a dairy-free smoothie that tastes indulgent but is much healthier. It uses frozen bananas as a creamy base and is blended with pumpkin and fall spices. If you're a fan of fall flavors, you're going to love this smoothie.
How to Freeze Bananas
This recipe uses frozen bananas to achieve a thick, creamy texture reminiscent of Wendy's Frosty. They are great to have on hand whenever you want any thick Homemade Vegan Ice Cream or any of the following 5 Delicious Plant-Based Smoothie Recipes.
Start by peeling the bananas, as frozen skins are tough to remove. Slice them into manageable pieces or leave them whole, depending on your future use.
Lay the pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they're not touching, to prevent them from sticking together. Freeze them for about 2 hours until solid. Once frozen, transfer the banana pieces into a ziplock bag or an airtight container and store them in the freezer. This method keeps them fresh and easy to use for up to three months, retaining their sweet flavor and creamy texture.
Note: If you decide to go straight to the ziplock bag, that works too. I do it all the time. Just keep in mind that they will stick together and will need a little defrosting or gentle manipulation to split them apart.
Here are the easy-to-find ingredients for this delicious and healthy smoothie.
- pumpkin puree
- frozen bananas
- plant-based milk
- maple syrup
- ground cinnamon
- pumpkin pie spice
- vanilla extract
- Ice cubes (optional for a colder smoothie)
How to Make a Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Frosty
This healthy vegan pumpkin spice frosty is a fast dump-and-blend meal or snack any time of day. Here are a couple of pics of the process for easy reference.
Make sure to have your bananas frozen first for at least a couple of hours to achieve that creamy thick texture. Then you're ready to add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender.
Blend everything until smooth and creamy. If your smoothie is too thick, add more plant milk to reach your desired consistency.
You can garnish it with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of vegan whipped cream if you like.
Substitute the plant-based milk with a cup of your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream for a more indulgent shake.
For a Vegan Pumpkin Spice Frosty, using frozen bananas is ideal. Frozen bananas are key to achieving that thick, creamy texture reminiscent of Wendy's Frosty. When blended, they provide a smooth, ice cream-like consistency without needing dairy. The coldness from the frozen bananas also helps to give your Frosty that characteristic chill, making it a refreshing and delicious treat
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 3 ripe frozen banana
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk of your choice)
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- ice cubes (optional, for a colder smoothie)
- Add the ingredients to a blender.
- If you prefer a colder smoothie, you can add a few ice cubes.
- Blend everything until smooth and creamy. If your smoothie is too thick, you can add a bit more almond milk to reach your desired consistency.
- Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness with more maple syrup if needed, or add extra spices if you want a stronger flavor.
- Once it's perfectly blended and flavored to your liking, pour the vegan pumpkin smoothie into a glass and garnish it with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of vegan whipped cream if you like.
For a more indulgent smoothie or shake, substitute the plant-based milk with a cup of your favorite vegan vanilla ice cream.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. Use a nutritional app like Cronometer to get information on the exact ingredients and amounts you are using.
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: smoothies
- Method: blender
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 glass
- Calories: 319
- Sugar: 50 g
- Sodium: 1222.5 mg
- Fat: 1.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 78.7 g
- Protein: 3.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg