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Pumpkin Spice Chia Smoothie {Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice}

pumpkin chia spiceIt’s never too late for pumpkin spice!

Say it with me now.

Puuuuummmppppkin Spiiiiiiice.

Ok, So maybe I am the only one who gets a kick out of Starbuck’s pumpkin spice commercial. I love pumpkin spice season and on occasion I’ll enjoy a Starbucks treat. I started making my own pumpkin spice coffee at home when I was floored (literally, hubs had to pick me up off the floor) when I found out how many calories were actually in a non fat no whip version. Oh, and if you’d like to have your mind blown like I did, there’s also a whole lot of garbage in them. Although, sometimes, I don’t pay much attention to some of that stuff people complain about. Maybe I should. Who knows. 

We tend to can our own pumpkin. But this season my cousins crop didn’t do well so I wasn’t able to do much canning. I’ve resorted to buying pumpkin in the can and I do stock up when it’s on sale. I use it for so many things. I’ve made some pumpkin smoothies in the past with it, but this time I just wanted to do something different. More importantly, I wanted it edible with a spoon.

Since I have been trying to test out some recipes with sugar-free puddings I thought I would try my last box of Pumpkin Spice and see how it paired with chocolate. I was a little hesitant but I found a whole bunch of smoothie recipes on Pinterest using it. Although, their  protein powder either tasted like cake batter when plain or vanilla. I figured the chocolate and pumpkin spice together could be more like a pumpkin spice latte.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Yah. Down the drain. And I would be bummed I wasted my precious pumpkin spice pudding.

But, I am happy to report that wasn’t the case.

It turned out so nice and thick….mmmmmm I could eat it with a spoon. I have found if I can eat more smoothies with a spoon I can enjoy them more often as my body gets tricked into thinking I am chewing. I don’t know…it works. It also helps that I am experimenting more with chia seeds. More specifically, soaking them with various flavors and liquids. For this recipe they were soaked overnight with water so they could puff up and gel.

soaking chia seeds


Don’t look at me like that. 😉

Pumpkin Spice Chia Smoothie

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.70 from 10 votes
Servings 1


  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 8 oz skim milk
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp sugar-free pumpkin spice pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup pre-soaked chia seeds


  • Pre soak your chia seeds. I put mine in a small mason jar with some water. Soak them overnight so they get nice and thick.
  • Place the protein powder, milk, and pumpkin spice pudding mix in a blender.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes so that the pudding has time to mix and get thick.
  • Pour into a very tall glass or a wide mason jar.
  • Carefully pour in your 'gelled' chia seeds.




Are you a happy, happy, pumpkin eater? What’s your favorite way to enjoy it?

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  1. I don’t can my own pumpkin, but I do freeze it. I like knowing it is organic… who knows what is in the cans of pumpkin we buy. That Pumpkin Spice Chia looks very tasty.

  2. 5 stars
    I love Pumpkin Pie–that is by far my favorite. I also love baked pumpkin. Of course I live in a apartment so no growing them or canning them for me. Pumpkin Pie Pudding mix? Do they sell that and WHERE please!!! As for the calories in various drinks and foods in various food and drink establishments–where I live they put the calories right on the menu or menu board–YIKES. I can simetimes ignore it unless my Mom happens to be out with me—–she makes sure I notice and take notice!!

  3. This sounds beyond amazing. And a special treat after soaking those seeds overnight! I’ve just been getting back into smoothies. Love your recipes. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I definitely am a PUMPKIN eater–I love my PUMPKIN. So how come I didn’t know that there is a Pumpkin Spice pudding mix? Hum—-Maybe I would begin to like smoothies if I could eat them with a spoon-you may have something there. I have yet to try Chia seeds—uh–maybe.

  5. I’ve never thought about the eating versus drinking aspect of it, lol. Funny how we trick ourselves and it works even though we’re the ones doing the ‘tricking,’ eh? 🙂 I think a pumpkin spice chia smoothie sounds great!

  6. I do love all things pumpkin. I’ve never tried canning my own, but you’ve got me wanting to try it! Until the fall, I’ll have to settle for canned pumpkin to make this yummy treat!

  7. I just got into the pumpkin spice hype this year. Now I love it! I’m definitely going to be trying this smoothie soon.

  8. I have never tried pumpkin before. Ever. I really dislike the smell of it so I’ve never tried it. I may have to brave it one of these days and see what all the fuss is about!

  9. 4 stars
    Eating smoothies with a spoon? I never thought to do that actually but it does make kind of sense…I am not gonna lie I am not the biggest “pumpkin spice” fan blame it on the overhype but I did have some pumpkin spice cheesecake that was amazing…so maybe a smoothie version over a latte would be better!

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