Pumpkin for Breakfast? Yes, please.

Pumpkin spice smoothieDo you ever notice how everyone gets pumpkin spice crazy in September? Everyone just goes totally nuts-o for pumpkin spice lattes and anything pumpkin, or orange. It's just silly.

On that note, guess what? I have five pumpkin recipes coming your way this week. Because, as it turns out, I am one of those crazy pumpkin spice people. Deal with it.Pumpkin breakfast smoothieIf you're feeling like pumpkin for breakfast, good news. I got a couple ideas for you. What about a pumpkin spice breakfast smoothie? Oh yes. Creamy and healthy pumpkin goodness.

Pumpkin spice smoothie, makes one.

Needed: 1 banana, 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup oats, one tablespoon honey, a pinch of cinnamon and ground ginger.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. If needed, add a few tablespoons milk or water. You can add or leave out the honey to adjust the sweetness level to your liking.Pumpkin cream cheesePumpkin spice breakfastBut wait, there's more. What about some pumpkin spice cream cheese? Yes, please. This is as easy as creaming together 1 package of softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread on a toasted bagel or english muffin. Enjoy the season! xo. Emma

  • I am pinning all these pumpkin recipes too. I have been a pumpkin lover my whole life. (once when I was 16, I was too sick to eat the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and I cried. Mom bought me an entire pie to eat when I got better. What a good mom). So now that it is trendy to have pumpkin everything, I get so excited this time of year and buy everything pumpkin-y. Am I saying that I am a pumpkin hipster because I loved it before it was cool? Yeah…Yeah I am.

  • I just tried the pumpkin spice smoothie! Really yummy! Just a note to any ladies who use Greek Yogurt, I substituted a little milk for yogurt, just to speed up the blending process, but it definitely still has the oh-so-creamy-ness that greek yogurt gives. I’m also loving the oats, I was a little skeptical at first, this you don’t even notice them, and it’s so good for a little fiber kick!

    Thanks Emma!

  • I love pumpkin but haven’t tried all these kind of variants could be made out of it! Start when my friend made the best pumpkin puding cake I’ve ever tasted. I am sure your recipees would make me pumpkin spice people:)

  • I love pumpkin! But, I love that pretty little orange straw even more! Xo Inna

  • It almost fall and i have been craving pumpkin – what a great idea to start with. Just found the blog and love it!

  • My mouth literally just started watering while looking at these pics. Pumpkin is my favorite flavor of the season!

  • I have gone completely pumpkin crazy too! It’s my favorite time of year 🙂

  • I love reading your blog! Here in Sweden, no one really talks about pumpkin spice (at least I haven’t heard of it). I have to try it, and maybe we can start a new trend over here 😉

  • amazing!! I am such a pumpkin freak. Thank you for these recipes. Definitely going to be trying out both of them.

  • i always make pumpkinseed tapenade with honey! the best to put on a piece of bread or bagel 🙂


  • I just followed your blog based on this post alone! lol Love the pumpkin recipes I cant wait to try them 🙂

  • Oh my! That looks so good! I have to try making this.

  • I also am wondering if you have a good substitute for banana? This sounds so delicious, except for that part!

  • may be a dumb question, but do the oats in the smoothie have to be cooked? I pinned this by the way. yum yum.


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  • What gorgeous photos – makes me want some pumpkin right NOW! I do think it’s silly that everyone gets pumpkin crazy, but I do it too. 🙂 I think it’s just because it reminds me of all of the wonderful things I miss about fall all summer long.


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  • Pumpkin is my favourite. I can all my own. It’s WAY cheaper and super easy. I really like that pumpkin cream cheese idea. Looks like a good one to try.

  • marysia- yes, you can buy it in a can. or you can make it yourself. it is most often used to make pumpkin pie.

  • I start out the season with spiced cider, then move on to pumpkin spice. But thanks for paving the way to a fragrant fall. 🙂

  • o em gee!!i cant think of nothing else but making the smoothie recipe NOW!yummy!

  • looks yummy.. i want to try this recipes. :)http://lovesimplegreen.blogspot.com/

  • Those look so yummy but too bad it seems hard to find pumpkin here in Finland. Still thanks for the recipe. Maybe I should find some thing to replace pumpkin for the recipe? 🙂

  • i CANNOT believe it’s pumpkin season already… it can’t be. Summer needs to stay!


  • Ok so I wasn’t in the pumpkin zone yet but now I am, both sound so good! pumpkin for tomorrows breakfast i think.


  • Hmmmmmmmmm,and how do you get pumpkin puree? Do you buy it in a jar or do you make it yourself. Never seen pumpkin puree in my life 🙂

  • This is a GREAT idea! I am so ready for pumpkin everything this fall. I swear, one of these days I’m gonna go to Vermont during October and drink a pumpkin spice latte in a park filled with crunchy leaves. This is an awesome post, and I’m glad someone else shares my excitement. 🙂 Can’t wait to try this.


  • Oooh I wish it were cooler here! But in Taiwan we’re still fully immersed in summer. Which means major humidity and heat! Can’t wait for winter, and I will definitely be trying these recipes. Thanks!

  • Mmhh this sounds so good! here in Germany the people don’t go as pumpkin-crazy as in the States, but it has definitely become a fall trend to eat pumpkin soup and stuff here 🙂

    The cream cheese spread sounds like a really good idea for my morning toasts, think I’ll have to try go pumpkin-crazy this year too!

  • unfortunately they don’t sell pumpkin puree here in Australia. I KNOW. tragedy. it’s spring time for us this time of year so we don’t have the same halloween/fall/pumpkin culture that America does and so pumpkin-flavoured everything just doesn’t exist here! we need to make our own puree, which is.. well, a lot of work. i use pumpkin soup, if it looks suitable. last year i made pumpkin pie using pumpkin soup and it tasted pretty authentic, according to my American fella!

  • It’s not even autumn here in New Zealand, but I am totally going to incorporate these into my spring menu! Yummy.

  • Ohh lovely , I love pumpkin and smoothies !!

    XX Luba
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  • Can’t wait! These all look soooooo good!

    Stephanie May*


  • I, too, am crazy for pumpkin anything. I’m so excited to try this smoothie recipe! YUM-O. and there are more? EEP, I’m stoked!

  • Oh yes! You got me instantly excited for this week. I am a pumpkin crazy person as well, so this is right up my alley. Just today I got all my groceries to make pumpkin cinnamon roles… yum!

    xo Leonie


  • I LOVE everything pumpkin… I think I’ll be trying all of these!


  • I am excited for the pumpkin recipes this week.:) I can’t wait to make the cream cheese! Going to the grocery store tomorrow.:)

  • These recipes sound delicious!
    I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte (or even pumpkin pie for that matter!) & I’m not sure if they actually make it here in Australia?
    Though it could jut be that there are only a couple of Starbucks stores here?
    Thanks for sharing these
    Cheray x

  • I would love a pumpkin pancake recipe please? Hopefully that is insofar your coming recipes .

  • YUM! Makes me look forward to Halloween where all the pumpkins pop up!

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  • I never crave pumpkin, but I want to go out and buy a blender + everything to make this smoothy TOMORROW! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness I ADORE pumpkin! One of my faves for sure. I’m thinking of experimenting with pumpkin frozen yogurt pops. YUM! I will definitely be making some of that cream cheese though. 🙂


  • pumpkin spice cream cheese is such a clever idea! sounds like a good way to start off the morning. 🙂

  • Omg! I am one of those nutty people that count down to the day in September when they bring back Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks! That is the true sign of fall returning 😉 I will have to try that cream cheese recipe- looks delicious!

    xx Louise
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  • I’m totally a culprit of going bonkers for pumkin. But in my defense, it’s only best one season of the year and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Don’t judge me 😛

  • Oh sweet Emma, you read my pumpkin-lovin’ mind.
    Catherine Denton

  • Ok so I am going to havetl hunt down some pumpkin purée, I live the cream cheese idea!

  • Unfortunately for me its very hard to find pumpkins. I have never tasted it in any way or form. I hope to try it someday because it looks delicious.

  • I am also crazy pumpkin people! Bring on the recipes! I’m going to try this smoothie tomorrow morning.

  • This excites me! I love pumpkin. I will need to try this


  • Oooh they make me yearn for autumn to begin!! Next week we are scheduled for high 70’s, low 80’s– almost to fall!


  • These look so tasty that I had to share on my blog. I’m glad that you girls are just as crazy over Fall as I am. Cheers!

  • this sounds delicious! definitely a nice (but quite healthy) comfort food for cold and wintery nights



  • I never ate pumpkin for breakfast, only for dinner during the winter months. But i’m definitely in for a change, thanks for sharing these yummy pumpkin tips Emma!


  • Maybe become we don’t celebrate Halloween (WHY GOD, WHY? After Christmas, it’s one of the best holidays)and we don’t use to pumpkin, I think I haven’t taste such thing in the morning. Only, in Christmas, mum and I did a filled pumpkin for the festive dinner. 🙂


  • Yum. That pumpkin smoothie sounds delicious! Have to try it.


  • I totally absolutely love anything pumpkin. I have yet to treat myself to a latte but I’m excited to!

  • Emma… you just rocked my life. Off to go whip up some deliciousness!

    xoxo Sarah

  • I am such a pumpkin freak! Can’t wait to try these recipes. Pinned to my “I Love Pumpkin” Pinterest board. Yep, I have an entire board dedicated to pumpkin.

  • YES!!!!!! LOVE!!!!! I make a mean pumpkin butter that is stinking delish, but I will definitely try the pumpkin cream cheese 🙂

  • These recipes look SO delicious! I was wondering if you know of a good banana substitute for the smoothie, though, because I’m allergic to bananas 🙁

  • This morning I had my first of many Pumpkin Spice Coffee Concoctions of the season. We have Wawa up here in NJ so I fill half my cup with Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Half with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino, and then add a little bit of sugar and creamer. Delicious. I’m going to try the cream cheese recipe for sure! Thanks 🙂

  • There is nothing wrong with being a pumpkin spice crazy! I wish it was “in season” year round!!! 🙂 Cant wait to see all the recipes!

  • “Because, as it turns out, I am one of those crazy pumpkin spice people. Deal with it.”

    Hahaha. Oh, Emma. You’re great.

  • My favorite is pumpkin yogurt! Add some canned pumpkin to vanilla Greek yogurt in addition to some pumpkin pie spice and sugar/Splenda/sweetener. It is delicious!!

  • September starts my favourite time of the year (Halloween!!) and I love pumpkin spice and orange. If I had it my way it would be around all year. Pumpkin Spice ice cream? YES!

    Will definitely try the smoothie! Can’t wait to see more!

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