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Dessert for Breakfast {Recipe: Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Shake}

Whip up this Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Shake recipe for a great back to school breakfast!

Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Shake - a great back to school breakfast idea from Dine & DishI know, I know… here it is still August and I’m already sharing something pumpkin with you. I promise this isn’t the start of shoving pre-season pumpkin down your throat (there will be plenty of that to come). This Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Shake is, instead, a result of the fact that I still have a zillion and ten cans of pumpkin in my pantry leftover from last year.

So, can we talk breakfast for a moment? Out of my 4 kids, I have one who does not like to eat breakfast. Leah (4) will eat raw bell peppers, tomatoes, goat cheese, salsa verde… just about anything, but she is never hungry at breakfast and doesn’t want breakfast. It’s a challenge because I know, thanks to info from Midwest Dairy, that eating a nutrient-rich breakfast at home or at school boosts brain power and fuels learning. 

Banana Pumpkin Breakfast ShakeI’m always trying to create things that interest Leah for breakfast. Breakfast cookies and milk are a favorite. If it seems like dessert, she’s all over eating it (not sure where she gets the love of dessert from… certainly not me!)

We’ve taken to creating calcium and vitamin rich breakfasts that mimic dessert for the kids. Instead of a smoothie, we are calling these breakfast milkshakes. Like a muffin versus cupcake, really it’s all in how you present it!

I’d love your tips…How do you teach your kids the importance of eating breakfast to fuel their school day? 

For additional breakfast recipe ideas, make sure to visit the Dairy Makes Sense website!

Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Shake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Shake

A nutritious breakfast milkshake is the perfect way to start the day!


  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 Tablespoons honey (or 2 Tablespoons brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2-3 cups ice (depending on how thick you want your shake)
  • whipped cream granola for garnish


  1. Place all ingredients except whipped cream and granola in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into two tall milkshake glasses.
  3. Top with whipped cream and granola.
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Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and ingredients by Midwest Dairy for this blog post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. I am all over this!! I always have pumpkin on hand all year (I am kind of obsessed) and will surely be making this soon! Dessert for breakfast sounds good to me!

  2. hel-LO fall! I mean, the color alone makes me feel cozy ;)

  3. I am so excited I have been seeing so many pumkin recipes lately. it just makes me even more excited for Fall!

  4. So I loved that you used applesauce in here, haven’t tried that with my shakes/smoothies!! And love the flavor!

  5. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I sometimes like to drink my breakfast rather than eat anything.

  6. Oh yes, please!!

  7. Oh, wow! I can’t do pumpkin this early, but now you have me seriously craving it! This looks lovely!

  8. I’m totally cool with pumpkin. This looks amazing — I might have it for breakfast tomorrow!

  9. I am definitely making this soon! Love!

  10. Please don’t ever apologize for pumpkin and please don’t stop using it! We love pumpkin all year!!!

  11. This looks AMAZING! And I agree with Rachel and Liz…. Love pumpkin and it’s never too early! I just wish the weather would cooperate ~~ It’s hotter here in Indy now than it was when school was out. Pinning this to make it soon.

  12. This has my name all over it this morning Kristen! Thanks for posting, off to make for the boys and I :)

  13. When our oldest daughter was about 4 she wouldn’t eat breakfast either. It was a struggle but somehow she outgrew it. I know all of our three kiddos will love this shake! And the color is so cozy!

  14. Yay for pumkin! I make an oatmeal smoothie for breakfast that is similar! This looks amazing!

  15. I love pumpkin all year!! Need to try adding it to a smoothie, I mean milkshake ;)

  16. I love pumpkin anything!! Great breakfast recipe! :)

  17. It’s amazing how frequently breakfast foods can double as desserts! Good luck getting your little one to eat. Maybe it will get easier as she grows older.

  18. Something cool and topped with cream like this doesn’t make me think of You Know. I can’t say it. Actually, I think I’d like this better than the lattes at Starbucks and I like them quite a bit. Maybe this will be my next smoothie!

  19. This is SO awesome! I’m never hungry super early in the morning but we leave at 7:30, so a shake is perfect. Plus, I have leftover pumpkin in the fridge…. YUM!

  20. Woah! Looks like a great way to start the day! I’m gonna pass this to my father, who loves breakfast smoothies/shakes!


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