Healthy Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

After when we went Zorbing, Pricer, Emily and I went to Sonic for some dinner (because we are horrible influences on Em). I am addicted to their limeades. Addicted. But getting to the point, in the end we got a pumpkin pie milkshake to split. Unfortunately, it was not really good. The shakes was SO thick that it was more of a chore to drink than anything. It was topped with a whipped cream that was super sweet and dense. It was too much for the 3 of us to conquer- that’s saying something! In the end it worked out since I decided to create some lighter milkshakes at home.


Making my own pumpkin pie milkshake allowed me to control the calorie count, density, and flavors. This shake is perfect for fall since it takes the flavors of pumpkin pie and delivers it to your all in your glass. Plus it’s on the healthy side since it uses unsweetened pumpkin puree, a small amount of ice cream*, low-fat/skim milk, and no whipped topping. Sure you can add the whipped topping but does it actually contribute to the milkshake? No! it’s just on top. Save the calories & fat for a cookie, I know there will be plenty of them around during the holiday season.


Healthy Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

-serves 4-


  • 1/2 can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 small scoops of ice cream, or frozen yogurt (non tart)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups of low-fat or skim milk


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, blend until combined and completely smooth. 
  2. Serve!
*When I make ice cream that I will use in a recipe, such as a milkshake, I make it with low fat milk to reduce the calories and fat in the ice cream. Yes, it does not have the same texture as a full milk ice cream, but you are blending it into the milkshake so the texture becomes a non issue.