Pumpkin Smoothie with Ginger and Cardamom

Created by Laura Wright
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The perfect balance of sweet, spicy, creamy, and tangy. This vegan pumpkin smoothie is the best way to use up any leftover pumpkin purée.

An up close, overhead shot of a light orange, very creamy smoothie in a clear glass that is garnished with bright white coconut cream and a drizzle of almond butter. A spoon is sticking out of the glass.
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I’ve got some excellent links today AND the best use for those little bits of leftover pumpkin purée. I know that there’s a lot of pumpkin smoothies out there, and I’ve personally tried a bunch of versions myself, but I really think this one is the best.

It’s got some gentle spice (but not super heavy on cinnamon), a little sweetness, a kick from ginger, lemon for freshness, and that unmistakable, super creamy yogurt tang. This is my motivation for running these days. I’m opening cans of pumpkin purée just for this and then thinking about maybe making a pumpkin loaf later. Wild, right?

Funny enough, I’m doing a little smoothie demo (the hot pink beet one from my book) at the Hamilton Farmers Market today (at 2pm if you’re local!), and then keeping it low key the rest of the weekend. Maybe a hike, light gardening, and some laundry, which honestly sounds like heaven to me. All about that quiet life sometimes :) Anyway, to the links!

Sometimes I think that I’m getting a few biters in the comments, but this is some advanced level recipe comment drama.

– TFW your dog actually loves and respects you, and maybe she isn’t just trying to get a bite of your food.

-“If a simple cleanup of my physical surroundings could feel this good, what could decluttering the rest of my life do?” SO MUCH YES. I’ve done this de-cluttering to the tune of 100 items before, and it really does shift your perspective with everything else in life. You have to really want to make space AND change.

More notes on cleaning up: After watching A Plastic Ocean, I’ve cut down on my use significantly, but I still struggle with some things and just do my best to re-use them if I can (mostly 1-gallon zipper seal bags). There are so many great resources if you want to start eliminating it from your life. Start here and here

– UPS Dogs is the only page you need to be following on Facebook (other than the TFM one obviously). I would take on a UPS driver side hustle for the epic doggie interaction alone.

-The world of non-dairy milks grows ever larger. Have you tried pea-based milk? I’ve had the chocolate-flavoured Ripple and their version of half ‘n’ half (the vanilla flavour), and I gotta say: I truly loved both. The options and demand makes me hopeful about the plant-based way reaching the masses in a huge way.

Thoughts on nutrition claims in the restaurant/hospitality realm. A personal anecdote: I was at a smoothie bar and they had jars of some of their ingredients lined up on a shelf that you could see while you were waiting in line. There were little nutrition factoid stickers on the jars facing out. A big jar of cacao powder read, among other tidbits, “MAY ASSIST WITH DIARRHEA.” I don’t know if that’s true, but more importantly: TMI! Just let me order my food without any health-related messaging of any kind please!

-Loved contributing to this one: What Exactly Is a Plant-Based Diet?

An up close, head-on shot of a light orange, very creamy smoothie in a clear glass that is garnished with bright white coconut cream and a drizzle of almond butter. A spoon is sticking out of the glass.

Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie with Ginger & Cardamom

The perfect balance of sweet, spicy, creamy, and tangy. This vegan pumpkin smoothie is the best way to use up any leftover pumpkin purée.
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Vegan Pumpkin Lassi with Ginger, Cardamom & Coconut - The First Mess
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • cup pumpkin puree
  • cup plain coconut milk yogurt
  • cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

Optional Add-Ins:



  • The quality of your yogurt will make a huge difference here. Out of all the retail non-dairy yogurts available, I like Anita’s the best. It’s only available in the US for now, but there are lots of great tutorials for making your own coconut yogurt online. I follow the technique in The Moon Juice Cookbook when I make the effort to culture my own. Of course, if you consume dairy-based yogurt, feel free to use that.
  • I topped mine with the extra thick cream at the top of the yogurt container, a drizzle of almond butter, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Use a soft Medjool date instead of the maple syrup to make this totally refined sugar-free.


  • In an upright blender, combine the pumpkin puree, yogurt, almond milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, banana, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, vanilla, and sea salt. Blend on high until the pumpkin smoothie is completely smooth and creamy. Serve the vegan pumpkin smoothie with a sprinkle of cinnamon, almond butter drizzles, and extra coconut yogurt on top if you like.
21/10/2017 (Last Updated 07/03/2024)
Posted in: autumn, beverage, breakfast, creamy, dessert, gluten free, grain-free, holidays, nut free, oil free, quick, snack, spicy, sweet, vegan, winter


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  • Veronica

    This sounds like a perfect smoothie for fall, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for clarifying that it has to be a frozen banana!

  • Sarah

    How can I make this without banana (I absolutely HATE them!)?

    • Laura

      Frozen avocado + a date or frozen peeled + ripe pear would both be great substitutes.

  • Lenore

    This is the most divine pumpkin recipe I have ever tasted. I just left out the lemon juice since I liked it so well with the fresh ginger.

  • Aria

    This pumpkin smoothie looks and sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful one!!!

  • Elizabeth

    Ugh, the battle against plastics is tough. I also have a love/hate relationship with the gallon-size ziploc bags. I recently bought a bunch of glass storage containers from Ikea and am now trying to use them in place of those bags. But they are both smaller in volume, and bulkier. My freezer looks much more organized and I have not used one of those bags in weeks, but overall I cannot fit as much in my freezer.

  • Brenda Murphy

    Love your site! I send the link to my daughter all the time. One way I reduce plastic is by using parchment….over and over again. Instead of wrapping a ramekin/dish with plastic I use parchment and an elastic. Its also great when wrapping cheese. Keep it up buttercup!

  • Marsha

    Where would I find the pumpkin loaf recipe? Love this post!

  • Sarah | Well and Full

    I can’t get over that recipe comment… what a journey! I’m glad that the commenter finally found true love though, after her first rotten husband. Also, I loved your interview in the Kitchn. I could read about you talking about food all day!! Hugs xx

  • Rachel @Clean Eating for the Non-Hippie

    Thanks for the tip on Anita’s – I can’t wait to make this!

  • Amanda

    Frozen banana in a pumpkin smoothie situation is KEY. A warm banana with warm pumpkin is just blech.

    • Laura

      SO TRUE. Pumpkin goes flat-tasting and weird so easily. I always add ice, too.

  • Mich

    Gorgeous!! Such a perfect fall smoothie.

  • Erin at Pure Feast

    Ok so, your dreamy weekend plans of nature hikes and laundry are literally the best weekend activities sometimes in my mind too. And I love alternate nostril breathing for getting a good, quick dose of balance. Another weekend goal added to the list – making this pumpkin lassi that sounds perfect for enjoying while reading a good book / magazine / the rest of these interesting links you’ve posted. Thanks!

  • Laura

    Hi there, this looks amazing, I have ordered your book and I am so excited / looking forward to the arrival ( 30th Oct ) and cooking most amazing plant based meals xx