Pumpkin Pie “Milk” Shake

Pumpkin Pie "Milk" Shake

I’ve been drinking pumpkin pie smoothies since pumpkins arrived in the markets this Fall.  I love me some pumpkin but in past years, I haven’t bought much because Chaz doesn’t like pumpkin.  Shirley Braden’s Crustless Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie has made him like pumpkin pie though.  You know what I’m making for Thanksgiving!

Earlier this week, I made some horchata.  In Mexico, horchata is typically made from rice.  In other Hispanic countries, it is made from almonds, sesame seeds, barley, or tigernuts.  I prefer the Mexican type made from rice.  Good horchata is full of cinnamon goodness.  In my opinion.  I’ve had horchata that had just a pinch of cinnamon and a ton of sugar.   That stuff was only good for sugar shock.  I made mine the easy way with store-bought rice milk, but I will be using this recipe to make it from scratch in the future.

I decided to use the horchata to make a milkshake with my pumpkin puree.  Heaven.  I’ve made the milkshake with almond milk and it just tastes better with the horchata.

Easy Horchata

32 ounce box of rice milk (I used 365)

4 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces

1/4 cup raw local honey (or other sweetener) if your rice milk is unsweetened

Place rice milk in a container with the cinnamon stick and allow to sit overnight.  You can let it sit on the counter for a while before going to bed, then put in the fridge.  Next morning, remove the cinnamon pieces and add sweetener.  Stir and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie “Milk” Shake

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I used this mix: 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon each ground clove, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground allspice)


Place pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to a blender.  Pour horchata in the blender until just before the 2 cup mark.  Blend for 1 minute on low.

If pumpkin pie smoothies are more your style, check out these smoothie recipes from gluten-free easily, She Let Them Eat Cake, and Lexie’s Kitchen.

After I posted this blog, Gigi posted a wonderful Side of Science blog on the nutritional benefits of pumpkin. Check it out!

This post is linked to Wellness Weekends at Diet, Dessert and Dogs.  


  1. These milkshake looks and sounds really great, Debi! You know me and pumpkin? And a dairy-free milkshake? Love it! I still haven’t had horchata, but I want to try it for sure. You know Lexie had a horchata recipe last year at Christmas that included rice and cashews. It looked amazing.

    It still tickles me that my pumpkin pie recipe converted Chaz. 😉


    • Shirley, you alone have converted Chaz and created recipes that have him licking plates and bowls! 😀 You really should try horchata. I totally love it and a great way to get the healthy benefits of cinnamon in your diet. hehe Really, it’s just any excuse for cinnamon with me.

  2. Oh I really want to try horchata too – the rice version sounds like my style. I’ve heard great things about it! Thank you so much for sharing a link to my post. You’re lovely. xo

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