Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on October 12, 2011


A Long Weekend Hangover (LWH): describes the sum of unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following a holiday long weekend, such as Thanksgiving. The LWH is especially hard to recover from if you were drinking red wine like juice, eating Pumpkin Pie Brownies like vegetables, and singing Moves Like Jagger 14 times during a 3 hour drive.

Hangover symptoms may persist for several days after pumpkin pie was last consumed. Scratchy Throat Syndrome (otherwise known as singing Moves Like Jagger 14 times), may require strange green drinks for relief.


Repeat as necessary.


The Long Weekend Hangover may also be present in animals, most notably the cantankerous feline species. Hibernation under dining room tables may result for up to 72 hours. Cat treats, when left on the chair but not hand fed, are encouraged if not essential for total recuperation. Do not disturb feline or Stink Eye may occur.


For complete recovery from LWH, ingesting pumpkin first thing in the morning is necessary or withdrawal symptoms may persist.

Recommended Dosage: Pumpkin Gingerbread in smoothie form until symptoms dissipate or until the next long weekend, whichever comes first.



Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie

My two favourite Fall-inspired smoothies (Pumpkin Pie Smoothie and Iron Woman Smoothie) combined to create a drink that could cure any LWH.

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 cup almond milk, plus a bit more if necessary
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • pinch nutmeg
  • Ice, if desired


1. Soak the oats, almond milk, and chia seeds for at least an hour or overnight. This helps them digest better and it also gives the smoothie a smoother texture.

2. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Add ice if desired.



Prognosis…improved and likely to recover.

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Jonathan October 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Yes, yes, YES! That would be my internal monologue while drinking/savoring this. Thank you for your advice on soaking the seeds and oats. Definitely giving that a whirl today (no pun intended). :)


Jen {The Wholehearted Life} October 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I think I’ve already commented once before on this post but I’m enjoying a pumpkin gingerbread smoothie right this minute and oh my stars….super delicious….I love the addition of the molasses….thank you!!!!!!


Cristina Ione Lopez October 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

so good!


It's Carmen October 19, 2011 at 1:53 am

Oh my word. I wish I could eat this right now. I love anything with pumpkin!


Tanya @ theskyandback October 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm

This was INSANELY good. I drank one for breakfast this morning. Tasty and super filling.


Laura October 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

I’ve been making this all week as an oatmeal! (well monday was smoothie form). It’s helping me get back on track to healthy eating, and mmm is it delish and filling in the now chilly mornings!


Elesha @ Skinnyfat Girls October 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Pretty much anything with pumpkin is going to make me drool over it. We at Skinnyfat have gotten into the spirit with chocolate chunk pumpkin bars and pumpkin brownies. I think I’m going to make this next because it looks and sounds fantastic!


Dallas Spiecker November 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm


I am allergic to bananas and I believe most (if not all) of the shakes have banana in them. Any ideas of what I can do to replace the banana? There is just nothing like a banana and leaving it out just doesn’t do the trick!



Jessica November 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

Your cat is gorgeous! And the pumpkin smoothie looks divine. Overall, this blog post gave me many smiles on a cold Sunday morning. So, thank you.


Angela (Oh She Glows) November 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I’m glad to hear that!


stephanie February 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

This looks delicious. What is the crunchy stuff on top of the smoothie?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

I think if my memory serves me correctly it was a crumbled ginger cookies (recipe is on my blog somewhere)


Kristiana February 18, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Made this tonight and LOVED it !!!!!


Meredith March 25, 2013 at 10:29 am

This was my breakfast yesterday – sooo yummy! Definitely making it again this week with the leftover pumpkin I have in my fridge :)


Tanya October 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

I made this like it was going out of style back when you posted it in 2011. Then I got pregnant and got too lazy to cook much, then I had a baby and really stopped cooking almost altogether. But I’m happy to say that I’m back to making this after an almost two-year hiatus. My little girl is now 15 months old and she loves this smoothie, too!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Congrats on your baby! (Or are they called toddlers after 1 year – I’m clueless hah). So glad you both enjoy the smoothie :)


Dev December 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Hi Angela,

I have to say… I truly did not enjoy this recipe. I’m usually a big fan of your recipes (and smoothies in general) but the consistency here was just subpar. The chia seeds didn’t expand and tasted like toes. But keep up the good work! I loved your pumpkin mac’n cheeze sauce as well as your butternut squash mac’n cheeze sauce.



Melissa February 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Thanks, Angela. Tasted great…good way to use up my blackstrap too!


Nikita September 13, 2017 at 1:26 am

Hi Angela,

The recipe sounds good. I’ll surely try it over the weekend. I have some guests coming over.
*Fingers Crossed*


Angela Liddon September 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

Hope you enjoy it, Nikita! :)


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