Vegan Pecan Pumpkin No Ice Cream Needed Shake

Serves 2 shakes     adjust servings

I love the flavors of pumpkin and pecan together. This is a no-ice-cream-needed shake, which means you thicken the homemade nut milk with ice and chia seeds. You can also use your choice of sweetener. There is even a nut-free version, which makes this perfect for all diets.


  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground chia seeds (or 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch cloves
  • sweetener of choice, to taste (maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, agave and soaked dates all work well)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup crushed ice


  1. Make your own nondairy milk by adding the water and pecans to a blender and blending until mostly smooth. At this point, you can strain the mixture or leave the tiny bits of pecan in to add texture to the shake. I like to leave them in.
  2. Next add the pumpkin, chia seeds, spices and your choice of sweetener to the blender with the nondairy mixture. Blend until smooth, taste and add more sweetener if needed.
  3. Add ice and blend until it looks like a milkshake. Please note that if you do not have a powerful blender you may need to add the first ½ cup of ice and blend, then add more in ¼ cup increments until it’s as thick as your blender (or undertaker) will allow.


Recipe Notes

Make this nut-free: Substitute 1¾ cups of you favorite nut-free nondairy milk in place of the water and pecans.
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