Kids’ Menu: Perfect Pumpkin Smoothie

Mixing It Up

November 1, 2014

Issue 9: November/December 2014Kids' Menu

It’s pumpkin season — a sweet reminder that fall is in full swing! Pumpkin is one of my favorite fruits (yes, it’s a fruit!). It’s incredibly versatile. It soothes and warms in soups; it excites our sweet tooth in pies, butters, and granola; and it’s a satisfying addition to hearty breakfast oatmeal, indulgent pumpkin eggnogs, and yummy pumpkin lattes.

Perfect Pumpkin Smoothie by Haile ThomasPumpkins are popular not only for their ability to become a satisfying part of almost any dish, but also because they are low in calories and have very little fat content. Talk about a delicious and nutritious bonus! So, of course, I’ve been in my kitchen thinking of creative ways to use this popular fall ingredient to satisfy my sweet tooth while keeping it healthy, and I’ve come up with a Perfect Pumpkin Smoothie. This recipe is awesome because it’s vegan and includes palate-pleasing spices and fresh fruit. You can even top it with pecans and coconut flakes to kick it up a couple notches. I invite you all to give it a try, and as always give me a shout-out on Twitter @chefhailethomas and let me know if you like it. Enjoy the recipe, and the fall!


  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup ice (6 cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup


Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

Haile Thomas is an eighth grader at The Gregory School, a motivational speaker, and a young chef featured on the Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off.Haile is also the founder of the HAPPY Organization, which partners with the YWCA to offer kids’ cooking classes, fun physical activities, and nutrition education. Visit


Photo by Steven Meckler

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