OH HELLO. It’s been a while since I’ve shared a new smoothie recipe with you, so here I am with an absolutely delicious, creamy, nutritious smoothie that you’ll keep coming back to.

This chai flavored Butternut Squash Smoothie is pretty much liquid gold. It has warming flavors of cozy chai spices paired with creamy yogurt, nut butters and natural sweetness of roasted butternut squash and banana. It reminds me of a smoothie version of my chai ginger latte or 24k gold turmeric latte and has a hint of cake flavor.

This delightful smoothie packs 13g of protein and 8g of fiber, aka an amazing, filling breakfast to fuel your day. Not to mention the post-workout perfection!

Get all of my tips and trips to customize this butternut squash smoothie and make it absolutely delicious every time.

How does a butternut squash smoothie taste?

I know what you’re thinking. This chick wants us to put pumpkin in our smoothies?! YES. The combination of roasted pumpkin, ripe banana and warming chai spices makes this smoothie taste seriously cakey. The chai spices are subtle, not overpowering, and you’ll fall in love with the flavor they add to the smoothie.

Not only does the smoothie taste absolutely delicious, but thanks to the butternut squash, it’s packed with fiber, potassium, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. Oh, and can we talk about that golden color? SPLENDID.

Ingredients for a butternut squash smoothie on a board

Everything you need to make this butternut squash smoothie

This incredible butternut squash smoothie is all about the taste. These chai spices are so delicious! It’s naturally sweetened, has an amazing boost of protein, fiber and healthy fats and makes the perfect breakfast! Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Fruit Vegetable: You’ll need a frozen, ripe banana to naturally sweeten the smoothie, and then naturally frozen butternut squash! Below is the best way to prepare your squash for this smoothie.
  • Yogurt: I love the healthy protein boost that Greek yogurt adds to the smoothie. Feel free to use non-dairy yogurt (like coconut yogurt) as well.
  • Milk: You can use any milk you like (non-dairy or not) to thin the smoothie and help it mix well.
  • nut butter: a little almond, cashew, or pecan butter adds healthy fats and extra creaminess. Use the code ‘AMBITIOUS15‘ to get 15% off my favorite nut butter brand, Wild Friends! I would not recommend using peanut butter as the flavor will overwhelm all other ingredients.
  • Taste: You get this amazing chai flavor made with cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger, allspice, and some vanilla extract! Learn how to make your own vanilla extract from scratch with this tutorial.

Top-down view of ingredients in a blender for a butternut squash smoothie

How to prepare your butternut squash

Before diving into this smoothie recipe, consider peeling, slicing, cooking, and freezing your butternut squash:

  1. First, get all of our tips & tricks for peeling and slicing your butternut squash here.
  2. Next, you want to roast the cubes at 350 degrees F in just a little neutral oil. Fry for 15 minutes, turning the cubes, then fry for another 15 minutes until the fork is tender. Get our tips for roasting butternut squash here! Forget the spices with this smoothie recipe.
  3. Finally, place the diced butternut squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once the cubes are frozen, place them in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze them. You use these cubes for the smoothie and you can use all the extras for soups, stews and more.

These steps can easily be done ahead of time, but if you’re in a pinch, you can also purchase pre-packaged frozen butternut squash cubes.

Butternut squash banana smoothie in a blender

Easy ways to customize this butternut squash smoothie

Because this butternut squash protein smoothie recipe is full of simple ingredients, it’s easy to adapt with your favorite add-ins or swaps! I can recommend the following:

  • Exchange your products. If you don’t have butternut squash, you can use diced, roasted squash or sweet potatoes instead!
  • Add a boost of nutrients. Feel free to add a tablespoon of flaxseed meal, chia seeds, or hemp seeds for an extra boost of healthy fats and fiber.
  • Keep it dairy free. Remember you can use your favorite non-dairy yogurt and non-dairy milk!
  • Make it savory. You can also add 1/3 cup oatmeal or even 1/4 or 1/2 avocado to thicken the smoothie and make it heartier. You’ll also likely need to add a little more milk to mix.

Pour a butternut squash protein smoothie into a glass

Tips for making the best smoothies

Use these tips and tricks to make the perfect butternut squash smoothie, and pretty much any smoothie!

  1. Use frozen products. Using frozen fruits and vegetables is best as it helps keep the smoothie cold and thick. Sometimes ice cream doesn’t blend all that well, so it’s best to skip it unless absolutely necessary. In this recipe, make sure your diced bananas and squash are frozen!
  2. Adjust the liquid. Don’t be afraid to add more liquid if your smoothie is too thick or doesn’t blend completely. High speed blenders tend to blend frozen fruit much better, so if you have a regular or personal blender you may need to add more milk.
  3. Start slow. Start the blender on low speed and then gradually increase it to high to blend all the ingredients. Finally finish with the mixer on low speed.
  4. Choose your sweetness level. If a smoothie doesn’t taste sweet enough for your taste, you can add 1/2 tablespoon honey, pure maple syrup, or 1 pitted Medjool date.

Top view of a butternut squash smoothie with granola

Make it on time

Be sure to check out our three different ways to make smoothies and store them in your freezer so you can make this healthy butternut squash banana smoothie ahead of time! Feel free to double or triple it and enjoy all week long.

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Chai-spiced butternut squash smoothie

Creamy and delicious butternut squash smoothie filled with wonderful, cozy flavor of chai spice! Packed with protein and fiber, this butternut squash smoothie recipe is easy to make dairy-free and makes the perfect nutritious breakfast or snack.

  • 1
    frozen ripe banana
  • 1
    Cup
    cooked/roasted and frozen butternut squash
  • 1/4
    Cup
    Plain Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt (feel free to use non-dairy yogurt)
  • 1
    Cup
    unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk (or milk of your choice) plus more to thin as needed
  • 1
    tablespoon
    Almond, cashew, or pecan butter (don’t use peanut butter, the flavor is overwhelming)
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    cinammon

  • teaspoon
    cardamom

  • teaspoon
    ground ginger

  • teaspoon
    pimento
  1. Place all ingredients in a large high speed blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until all ingredients are well combined. If needed, add more milk to thin it out and mix again.

nutrition

Servings: 1 serving

Serving size: 1 smoothie

Calories: 369 calories

Fat: 15.2g

Saturated Fatty Acids: 2.7г

Carbohydrates: 50.6g

Fiber: 8.1g

Sugar: 20.8g

Protein: 13.1g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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