My 7 Favorite Fall Smoothies

Okay okay, I’ll admit it. I’m completely and utterly addicted to my blender (find it here). I use it for all sorts of things (including my homemade walnut milk!) but most often I’m blending up some combination of frozen produce, protein, healthy fats, and fiber to make delicious smoothies!

I make sure there is at least one vegetable in each of my recipes such as cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, and/or sweet potatoes. Cauliflower is an ideal low-sugar substitute for bananas, adding creaminess to any smoothie, as well as Vitamin K, Vitamin C, potassium, and other nutrients. Zucchini and yellow squash add thickness to these recipes without adding a ton of calories or sugar. These squash provide a good source of Vitamin C, phytonutrients, and manganese.

I also use both Japanese sweet potatoes and regular sweet potatoes for additional thickness, creaminess, and natural sweetness. These root vegetables are full of antioxidants and fiber, and the orange sweet potatoes have loads of beta-carotene. You can use these sweet potato varieties interchangeably in any of the recipes that call for them.

All vegetables used in my smoothies are steamed, then frozen. This allows for easier blending as well as easier digestion, as raw vegetables can be difficult to digest, causing bloat and discomfort. Doing this in bulk at the beginning of a week makes sure your ingredients are prepped and ready any time you want a smoothie!

I also like using other seasonal produce such as persimmons, pears, and butternut squash. Having a persimmon tree on our property makes me want to use these bright orange, apple-like fruits even more. They not only provide dietary fiber and Vitamin A, but they make delicious, thick, sweet smoothies.

Pears also provide a sweet base for smoothies, complementing the flavor of the persimmons in the persimmon-pear smoothie, or standing alone in the pear pie smoothie. Pears are one of my absolute favorite fall fruits because of their unique sweetness, as well as the fact that they are packed with dietary fiber and Vitamin C.

Butternut squash is another great addition to smoothies, especially after being roasted with cinnamon, because it is absolutely delicious and chalk full of beta-carotene and Vitamin B. It provides the perfect fall sweetness to the butternut squash pie smoothie and makes the drink incredibly smooth and creamy.

As for protein, I tend to stick with only a couple main sources: hemp seeds, Vega Protein and Greens, and/or chickpeas. Hemp seeds are a great way to add protein to any smoothie as they don’t affect the flavor of your blend. They also have healthy fats and fiber, and only 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds have 10g of protein. Hemp seeds are also ideal if you’re trying to add protein without using a powder.

However, if you do like using protein powders, the Vega Protein and Greens is not only the best tasting line of protein powders I’ve ever used, but only 1 scoop provides 20g of plant based, vegan protein. Additionally, there are no added sugars, no soy, and there are additional vegetables mixed into the powder such as broccoli and kale. It’s a great way to get some extra greens in your smoothies! Another good source of plant-based protein, that I just recently started including in my smoothies is chickpeas. They add a creamy, almost doughy flavor and texture while providing protein and fiber to the smoothie.

I’m also a big fan of utilizing the power of healthy fats. Not only do they usually taste amazing, but they are important for cognitive function, satiation, and can help keep you fuller longer. My favorite sources of healthy fats are coconut meat, coconut milk, nut milks and nut butters. Coconut meat and milks add sweetness and creaminess to many smoothie recipes and provide a good dose of medium chain fatty acids. Nut milks, such as my homemade walnut mylk, and nut butters add healthy, unsaturated fats as well as some delicious flavor and extra protein. Additionally, ground flax seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. You will see these ingredients used repeatedly in the recipes below.

Other ingredients used in these recipes include ginger root, medjool dates, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Ginger not only adds a little bite to fruit smoothies, such as the first persimmon recipe listed below, but it also has anti-inflammatory properties and aids in digestions. Medjool dates are a great all natural sweetening alternative to refined sugar and also can aid in digestion.

Cacao powder is one of my favorite ingredients to use to not only add a richer chocolate flavor to smoothies, but it’s packed full of antioxidants, as well as minerals such as calcium and iron. It’s also been shown to be a mood-booster! Vanilla extract, which not full of nutritious benefits, is a great way to add a little more depth to the flavor of your smoothie without using a vanilla protein powder. Cinnamon, similarly adds dimension to your chocolate and pie-flavored smoothies, but it also has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-diabetic, and immune-boosting properties.

Below are what I believe to be the seven best blends I’ve made this fall. Simply add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth! Each recipe makes one serving. Use more or less liquid based on desired thickness.

V= Vegan, DF= Dairy Free, GF= Gluten Free, and RSF= Refined Sugar Free.

My 7 Favorite Fall Smoothies

Persimmon Coconut Ginger Smoothie (V, DF, GF, RSF):

If you’re looking for a refreshing and filling fruity recipe, this one’s for you! It’s full of fiber, healthy fats, and ginger for extra flavor and digestive health.

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  • 2/3 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup frozen very ripe persimmon
  • 1 packet Inner-Eco fresh young coconut
  • 1″ x 1/2″ chunk frozen ginger root
  • 2 tbsp finely ground flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
Chocolate Cookie Dough Smoothie (DF, GF, RSF):

For me, fall is all about delicious baked goods and coziness, and this smoothie exemplifies those things! I have been on a huge sweet breakfast kick lately, and this thick, creamy, doughy smoothie totally hits the spot! It also serves as a great dessert option!

fall smoothies

 

  • 1/4 cup steamed-then-frozen Japanese sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup frozen caulifower
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (chilled or frozen)
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 scoop Vega chocolate protein & greens
  • 2 tsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp finely ground flax seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp Wild Friends peanut cashew super nut butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
Persimmon-Pear Smoothie (DF, GF, V):

There is nothing better than combining two delicious fall fruits into one sweet smoothie! The pear in this smoothie really complements and accentuates the flavor of the persimmon in this blend.

fall smoothies

  • 1/2 cup steamed-then-frozen Japanese sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup frozen persimmon (homegrown!)
  • 1/2 cup frozen Bartlett pear
  • 1 tbsp Wild Friends sugar cookie peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 3/4 cup walnut mylk
Butternut Squash Pie Smoothie (DF, GF, V):

What’s a fall smoothie list without some kind of squash smoothie? I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, so I missed that train this season, but I’m all about butternut squash! And let me tell you, this smoothie will give you all the fall feels.

fall smoothies

  • 1/3 cup steamed-then-frozen zucchini & yellow squash
  • 1/3 cup steamed-then-frozen Japanese sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp Wild Friends sugar cookie peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chilled cinnamon roasted butternut squash
  • 1 scoop Vega vanilla protein & greens
  • 1 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
Pear Pie Smoothie (DF, GF, V):

Pears are one of my favorite fruits ever, so the fact that they’re in season during the fall just gives me another reason to love this season even more. This Pear Pie smoothie will satisfy your sweet tooth and your hunger!

fall smoothies

  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup steamed-then-frozen zucchini & yellow squash
  • 1 heaping tbsp Wild Friends sugar cookie peanut butter (plus a little more to drizzle on top)
  • 1 scoop Vega vanilla protein & greens
  • 1/2 frozen D’Anjou pear
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie (DF, GF, RSF, V):

Okay, so there’s nothing particularly seasonal about a chocolate almond butter smoothie, but it’s dang delicious. It’s like a nut butter cup that you can drink, but it’s full of veggies, healthy fats, and protein!

fall smoothies

  • 1/3 cup steamed-then-frozen Japanese sweet potato
  • 1 heaping tbsp Justins classic almond butter
  • 1 scoop Vega chocolate protein & greens
  • 1/3 cup steamed-then-frozen zucchini & yellow squash
  • 1 heaping tsp cacao powder
  • Cinnamon to taste (seriously a game changer)
  • 1 1/2 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk
Sugar Cookie Smoothie (DF, GF, V):

The sugar cookie smoothie was the first fall smoothie I made this season. The reason I classify it as a fall smoothie is because I associate fall with all kinds of baked goods, including sugar cookies! And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cookies?

fall smoothies

  • 1/2 cup steamed-then-frozen sweet potato
  • 1 tbsp Wild Friends sugar cookie peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup steamed-then-frozen zucchini & yellow squash
  • 1 scoop Vega vanilla protein & greens
  • 1 1/4 cup So Delicious unsweetened vanilla coconut milk

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